Avast security news wrap-up

Deborah Salmi, Nov 30, 2016 2:54:47 PM

Your round-up of the latest stories from the world of cybersecurity.

 

shutterstock_292970030-350725-edited.jpgCan your bad passwords cost you money and cause trouble?

That question was answered with a resounding YES by college football star Laremy Tunsil. A hacked Twitter and Instagram account cost that falling sports star an estimated $13 million. Don’t let your easy-to-crack passwords cost you. Use a password manager or follow or tips for strong passwords.

 

Screenshot_20160510-163229-944850-edited.pngNew feature in Avast Passwords for Android: Fingerprint scanning

An unattended phone is irresistible to some Nosy Nellies, so if you don’t want people snooping, then protect your Android with Avast Passwords. Fingerprint scanning makes logging in even easier, faster and more secure.

 

 

shutterstock_370416890-440061-edited.jpg3 things every employee needs to know about online security

A Snapchat employee was fooled into revealing employee payroll information by a phishing email. This is the most recent example of how people are the weakest link in a company’s security. But with awareness training and knowledge of some basic security tips company networks, data, and customer privacy can be kept safe.

 

screen3_1-672954-edited.pngNew fresh phishing campaign hits Facebook

Cybercrooks use a fake Facebook login page to steal users’ name, password, and security question answers. Avast Virus Lab researcher, Alexej Savčin, explains how it works.

 

 

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Android Banker Trojan preys on credit card information

Another tricky cybercrook uses a malicious app to steal information from your Android phone including a fake Google Play app to steal your credit card number, call logs, your messages inbox, contact list and more. Avast Android malware researcher Jan Piskacek explains in detail how the app works, how to protect yourself, and what to do if you are already infected.

 

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