TGIF: Avast security news wrap-up for March 2016

Deborah Salmi, Nov 30, 2016 3:07:43 PM

An update on all the security news from the past few weeks published on the Avast blog.

Get your Avast update on ransomware, mobile security, social media, and enterprise security.

Mac ransomware demands paymentMac users get first taste of ransomware

Mac users got attacked by ransomware in the first fully functional attack on OS X. Now that hackers have proven that Mac users are a viable target, it’s time to move on from the myth that Macs are impervious to attack and get protection. 

Locky_campaign_flow-132996-edited.pngA closer look at the Locky ransomware

Ransomware attacks targeting PC users are quite successful. New variants are introduced, but they have the same format- encrypt your files and demand payment for the key to unlock them. The Avast Virus Lab did a deep analysis of ransomware dubbed Locky. This is deep look was followed by Locky’s JavaScript downloader, which describes the phishing campaign that has emerged as the main infection vector.

facebook-profile-e1456320017914-1-264780-edited.jpgWhat happens to your Facebook account when you pass away?

You have a presence all over the web if you use social networks. What happens to your Facebook profile when you die? What if a love one dies? What do you do, and will Facebook even allow you to do anything? We tell you the options you have now - on this side of the Pearly Gates.

apps-412285-edited.jpgAvast at Mobile World Congress 2016 

Mobile World Congress is the world's largest exhibition for the mobile industry, and Avast was there showing our popular mobile security apps for Android and iOS.  While they were there, the mobile security team shared a Wi-Fi experiment they set up at the Barcelona airport that tricked thousands of people, and an experiment buying pawn shop smartphones.

 20160316_105220-491109-edited.jpgMaking security a priority in mobile enterprise environments

Employees these days have their own mobile phones and lots of them use it for work and as their personal device. This poses a major security threat to businesses of all sizes. Avast CEO Vince Steckler took the stage at CeBIT this week to talk about the two biggest risks in the mobile enterprise: Users of mobile devices and the mobile devices themselves.

 

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