Jan Piskacek

5 May 2016

Android Banker Trojan preys on credit card information

An Android Trojan is spying on its victims and even tricking some into giving up their credit card information.

Most of today’s malware authors create malware for one of two reasons: either to make money or to steal valuable data. In this blog post, we will show how an Android Trojan relies on social engineering. Social engineering tactics are used to trick people into performing an action, like clicking on a link or downloading an application. The person being tricked thinks they are doing something innocent when they are really clicking on or downloading something malicious. This malware is associated with the banker family as it tries to steal user's credit card information.

Once installed, the Banker Trojan puts an icon in the launcher.The app name shown with the icon can vary from sample to sample -- some of the names we have seen were : AVITO-MMS, KupiVip and MMS Центр (MMS Center).

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Threat Research

Deborah Salmi

5 May 2016

Can your bad passwords cost you money and cause trouble?

From football stars to cheating spouses, using easy-to-crack passwords puts everything from your livelihood to your relationships at risk.

passwords should be long and strongChange your passwords regularly and don't share them with others

A tweet showing top NFL draft pick Laremy Tunsil taking a hit off a bong through a gas mask cost him upwards of $13 million. Tunsil’s Twitter account was allegedly hacked at the worst time – just minutes before the draft began – making his fall from the first round to thirteenth swift, decisive, and oh, so costly. Minutes after that, his Instagram account was hacked to show screenshots of a text conversation implicating Ole Miss in NCAA rule-breaking that will likely end up in an investigation.

This mind-boggling turn of events in what should have been a night of triumph for Tunsil and his university has a lesson for the rest of us.

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Security News

Michal Salat

4 May 2016

Why it would have been a relief to know who’s behind bitcoin

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News broke that Australian businessman Craig Steven Wright is Satoshi Nakamoto earlier this week.
(Image via the Wall Street Journal)

Finally, we know the inventor of bitcoin! Wait, maybe not so fast. Actually, we don’t know anything at all.

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Security News

Alexej Savčin

3 May 2016

New fresh phishing campaign hits Facebook

A new phishing campaign takes advantage of Facebook’s security measures in order to appear legitimate. In this case, the creators of the campaign have created an app which is, in essence, a simple <iframe> that displays a fraudulent version of Facebook’s login page. Cybercriminals are abusing the Facebook application platform to carry out phishing campaigns against users which appear legitimate thanks to the fraudulent use of Facebook's own Transport Layer Security (TLS) security certificates, a protocol used to help keep domains and user communication secure.

The phishing web site is hosted on hxxp://gator4207.hostgator.com/~labijuve/a2/, which leads to a identical yet fake copy of Facebook’s verification page.Despite the resemblance that the iframe bears to Facebook’s actual webpage, the differences between the two sites become obvious when they’re displayed next to one another.

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Threat Research

Gracie Roberts

28 April 2016

Free up space you didn’t know you had with Avast Cleanup

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Avast Cleanup is our highly effective cache and junk cleaner app for Android. It optimizes your phone's performance and boosts its speed by removing unused junk from your mobile.

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mobile security

Gracie Roberts

26 April 2016

Avast Battery Saver makes the most of your phone’s battery by stopping unused apps and optimizing device settings

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Stop apps with one tap, speed up your device and save battery life with Avast Battery Saver.

You spoke and we listened! The all-new Avast Battery Saver 2.0 is here and includes a collection of exciting new features. Along with its fresh-faced design, the latest version of Avast Battery Saver is easy to use and more powerful than ever.

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mobile security

Deborah Salmi

25 April 2016

3 things every employee needs to know about online security

Companies of all sizes in multiple sectors lose sensitive information, millions of dollars, and their good reputation every year to cyberattacks. 

Human error accounts for an estimated 95 percent of security incidents.

Employee cybersecurity training

Being aware of a few simple things about security in the workplace can help prevent attacks, which is not only important to the financial bottom line, but it's also important to customer and employee privacy.

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SMB/Business

Deborah Salmi

21 April 2016

Getting to know you: Avast Reader Survey

Today is National Get to Know Your Customers Day, so we want to get to know our readers better!

Please answer the 10 questions in this survey to help us understand what kind of security-related articles and social posts are important to you. Or maybe you prefer videos? Podcasts, perhaps? That's the kind of thiing we want to know, because we write these articles for YOU!

The survey should only take a few minutes of your time. It consists of nine questions plus an optional bonus question at the end. What’s more, you can take part in the survey for a chance to win a free license for Avast SecureLine VPN!

Click Read More to see the survey or you can also do the survey on Facebook. Thank you!

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Security News

Deborah Salmi

20 April 2016

CEO Vince Steckler talks cybersecurity with expert roundtable

mediaplanet.jpgAvast CEO, Vince Steckler, joined a panel of top security experts for a roundtable discussion about cybersecurity in our everyday lives.

Read 'Talking Cybersecurity at Home, the Office and In-Between'

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Security News

Deborah Salmi

20 April 2016

Avast security news wrap-up

 

Get your Avast update on hot topics like WhatsApp privacy, hacks on WordPress and Joomla, Android exploits, and more.

Woman using WhatsAppWhat WhatsApp’s new end-to-end encryption means for you

The popular messaging app, WhatsApp, has improved its privacy by encrypting all the messages that are sent with their service. We explain what this means to you and how to make sure you and your friends benefit from the higher security standards.

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