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Anti-Malware Solutions – 5 Vital Elements

Anti-malware solutions“Malware” covers a huge range of threats including viruses, spyware, ransomware and more. So, anti-malware solutions must defend on several fronts. Many include anti-spam and firewall solutions too, as these block common malware sources.

Some operating systems are more secure than others, but nothing can be 100% secure. Malware is built to work around any predictable default protections. So, whilst it’s worth keeping built-in anti-malware up to date, you’ll need more.

Essential Anti-Malware Components

So, what features should you look for in your anti-malware solution? Well, there are five that no system should be without.

1. Anti-Virus

The most obvious requirement is an effective, up-to-date anti-virus system. These mainly handle:

  • Viruses – which need human interaction to spread
  • Worms – which self-replicate.
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Password Security Made Simple

Password securityPassword security is the first — and often weakest — line of defence against cyber-attacks. Unfortunately, passwords are the cybersecurity measure we all love to hate.

Techies take a lot of flak for implementing password security, but we didn’t invent it. Call them passwords, PINs, keys or whatever you like — they all work the same way: a pattern grants access to a restricted resource. As such, password security measures have existed throughout history and will be around in some form for a while yet.

That said, passwords have never been as common as they are today — and cracking them was far harder without computers. These days, weak passwords only create a false sense of security. So, we all need to know how to use passwords effectively.… Read the rest

Cybersecurity Basics

Basic CybersecurityNo-one can afford to ignore basic cybersecurity. With ransomware on the rise, it is more important than ever.

This will be the first in a series of articles about ways to keep the people and data you care about safe online. Among the things I plan to cover are:

  1. Why Bother With Cybersecurity? (this article)
  2. Password Security Made Simple
  3. Anti-Malware Solutions – 5 Vital Elements
  4. Backups
  5. Privacy
  6. Software Updates
  7. The “Internet of Things” (IoT)

…and more. I may write a bit about Website Security too, though BestVPN’s Blogger’s Guide To WordPress Security has already covered that well.

So, with that said, let’s deal with the first question that far too many people ask…

Why Bother With Cybersecurity?

Well, the obvious answer is, “Cybersecurity protects the people and things we care about”.… Read the rest

NotPetya ransomware cyber-vaccine

Cybersecurity matters. As I type, the world is in the grip of another major ransomware attack. This one has been dubbed NotPetya — because it’s not the one called Petya, but it is similar. As usual, it targets Windows machines. A potential vaccine has been found in the past hour (3:19 pm PST, about 11:19 pm BST). So, this is just a very quick post to help publicise that ASAP.

The vaccine, courtesy of the excellent security site BleepingComputer, is to create a read-only file in your C:\Windows directory. That’s easier said than done, as Windows (quite rightly) protects that folder. So, the following batch file should do it for you:

https://download.bleepingcomputer.com/bats/nopetyavac.bat

…and if not, this post in BleepingComputer explains how to do it manually.… Read the rest