Students beware of malware inside electronic textbooks; Kaspersky

They stated, September 2, that most of the malicious software came under the guise of free essays; however, textbook disguised malware were …

Kaspersky Lab in its latest report cautions students of malware installers if they attempt at downloading essays and textbooks of electronic versions, as the infections on their systems are capable of making them vulnerable to various cyber assaults.

According to researchers from Kaspersky Lab, during the 2018 academic session, cyber crooks tried attacking students 356,000 and more times. They stated, September 2, that most of the malicious software came under the guise of free essays; however, textbook disguised malware were responsible for approximately 33%. posted this, September 3, 2019.

Furthermore according to Kaspersky, the fraud appears as exploiting Internet shoppers who with an aim to cut on price and bulk of paper buy e-textbooks.

The security firm discovered that up to July this academic year, cyber attacks based on the above method counted 356,662 in all, with 53,531 potentially unwanted else malevolent files being in the guise of textbooks and essays fully ready for students of universities and schools. Among these, fake student textbooks numbered as 17,755 threats, with the much widely-accessed books subject wise being English accounting for 2,080 threats, Mathematics -1,213 and Literature -870.

Moreover, most of the malware attacks in disguise accounted for installers of different malicious programs from irritating but not lethal unwanted software else adware, to extremely perilous malicious software that stole money.

According to security researcher Maria Fedorova at Kaspersky, students wishing towards eschewing buying educational materials, especially textbooks, encourage cyber-criminals.

Kaspersky as well classified the malware types that came shipped into pirated texts. Stalk worm was identified as the most frequent malware strain that spread all over local networks through plugged in USB sticks, while usually is an originator of an increasingly serious assault. Albeit this worm doesn’t display an instant perilous behavior, it helps in the deployment of even more malicious threats.

Eventually, Kaspersky’s findings are not surprising. Those new to e-textbooks, Word and PDF files are since long bad actors’ mediums for disseminating malicious contents. For remaining safeguarded from such threats, the security firm advises Internauts not to view dubious e-mail attachments, whilst solely purchase books and the like from authorized Internet stores.

» SPAMfighter News – 09-09-2019

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Best antivirus for Windows 10: List of best antivirus 2019

Suspected of conniving with Russia, Kaspersky’s software has been banned by authorities in many countries, including the United States. However …

With the uprising in cybersecurity issues an Antivirus specifically (best for windows 10) 2019 edition – for Internet users is now considered a “must have”.

Antivirus vendors are working hard to strengthen their protection, improve their ergonomics and develop additional features. In this article we close up on the latest free and paid security suites among the best on the market.

1. Antivirus – Bitdefender Total Security 2019: One For All

Year after year, the Romanian publisher is ranked first on the podium of the best antivirus 2019. From its defensive shields, to its features, through its ergonomics, its customer service and its rates, Bitdefender achieves almost a faultless at all levels. Also known as “Best antivirus for windows 10”

Bitdefender 2019

Bitdefender 2019


Complete and highly reliable protection, interface and Web console, performance. Realtime-file scanning, Upto-date virus database.


Password Manager disappointing, VPN limited to 200 MB/day

New features:

Remediation of ransomware, adaptive network protection, network analysis via the Bitdefender Central app

Our Opinion – 9/10

Described as an exceptional product by leading independent testing labs, the Bitdefender suite is proving to be very impressive. In spite of some other functions, it offers optimal protection and excellent comfort of use.

Able to operate in total autonomy thanks to its self-pilot mode, it is an ideal protection for families and novices who do not need to take care of anything. Conversely, experts have discrete access to many settings to configure each module. Many assets that make the 2019 edition a great vintage.

Buy Bitdefender Total Security 2019

2. Antivirus – Kaspersky Total Security 2019: The Protector

Kaspersky Total Security 2019

Kaspersky Total Security 2019

Suspected of conniving with Russia, Kaspersky’s software has been banned by authorities in many countries, including the United States. However, the Russian publisher is staying the course by continuing to improve its security software that is still among the best in the market.


Very powerful global protection, richness and functional quality, advanced web portal


High prices for a limited number of devices, iOS protection non-existent, major functions reserved for the premium version

New features:

Kaspersky Security Cloud (free tool for web protection), Password Manager and Software Updater enhancements

Our Opinion – 8.5/10

Many publishers should follow the example of the care taken by Kaspersky to all the details of its security suite. The Russian publisher leaves absolutely nothing to chance and deserves for many reasons to be in first place in this comparison. But as in previous years, the publisher sins by its lack of commercial competitiveness with offers too expensive unsuitable for the current demand.

Buy Kaspersky Total Security 2019

3. Antivirus – Norton Security Premium: The Best Family Suite

Norton Security Premium

Norton Security Premium

The new edition of Norton Security 2019 evolves little or nothing compared to the previous year. Apart from a few discreet changes in its interface and designations, the suite is still based on a first-rate defensive arsenal and ergonomics particularly well-crafted.


Complete and ultra reliable protection, interface and web console simple and effective, functional wealth, up to 10 devices (premium version)


Few customization options, VPN limited to 200 MB/day, Startup memory hogger.

What’s new:

Power Eraser tasked with eliminating tough threats

Our Opinion – 8.0 / 10

Norton Security Premium which covers up to 10 devices (Windows, Mac, Android and iOS) is still one of the safest and most family-friendly suites.

Although Symantec does not offer anything new this year, the suite still relies on reliable and effective protection and additional services (web console, parental control system) better than average.

Buy Norton Security Premium 2019

4. Antivirus – ESET Internet Security 2019: Lightweight, yet powerful



It is not for nothing that Google has used ESET to manage the protection of its Chrome web browser. Lightweight, ultra fast and powerful, the security suite of the Slovak publisher is one of the best possible protections for Windows.


Performance, very effective protection, impact on the system almost zero, many configuration options, advanced remediation tools


Few additional features, aging interface, high tariffs

New features:

Enhanced surveillance of connected objects, transaction protection banking

Our Opinion – 7.5/10

ESET Internet Security that systematically blocks online or offline threats. The publisher, however, relies a little too much on its achievements by not changing its interface or its features.

If its outstanding performance and configuration options remain serious arguments for expert users, the publisher will have to evolve its security suite to rise to the level of Bitdefender or Kaspersky. Not to mention a price that is still prohibitive in view of the limited number of jobs proposed.

Buy ESET Internet Security 2019

5. Antivirus – McAfee Total Protection 2019: The Effective



Designed for family use, the McAfee Total Protection 2019 suite is one of the most feature-rich. Its defensive qualities against the most advanced threats are clearly progressing, but the slowness of the analyzes and its loaded interface continue to be lacking.


Very effective protection, many additional features


Interface and ergonomics confused, system impact during analysis, prohibitive tariffs

New features:

Apps Boost: improves application performance, web boost: blocking unwanted downloads

Our Opinion – 7/10

McAfee made efforts, but still has not found the winning recipe. The interface and ergonomics are still confusing, and some essential identity protection functions are sorely lacking. Despite the one-off promotions offered by the publisher that can save up to 50% on some versions, McAfee continues to charge prohibitively high rates.

Buy McAfee Total Protection 2019

Now this wraps up our list of “Best Antivirus for windows 10”. Hope this helped you picked your favorite antivirus according to your needs.

People just can’t let go of old Windows operating systems

Kaspersky says that Windows 7 is still popular amongst businesses and … “The reasons behind this lag vary depending on the software in place, …

Consumers and businesses worldwide are hanging on to older operating systems like Windows XP and Windows 7, despite the fact that many of those operating systems are no longer supported.

Research from Kaspersky on consumer and businesses in Singapore found that while 68.7% of users ran Windows 10, almost a quarter (24.4%) still used Windows 7 and 0.1% used Windows Vista.

Older operating systems create security risks because they receive no updates or support. Attackers can use this lack of protection to their advantage.

According to anonymised data from Kaspersky Security Network users, four in 10 customers still use obsolete systems.

In Southeast Asia, Singapore reports the lowest adoption rates of outdated operating systems such as Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP in the consumer (25.7%) and SMB/Enterprise (26.7%) segments.

Kaspersky says that Windows 7 is still popular amongst businesses and consumers, even though extended support will end in January 2020. According to the research, 38% of consumers and very small businesses, as well as 47% of small businesses and enterprises still use Windows 7.

“Statistics show that a significant share of users, both businesses and individuals, still use workstations running an outdated or approaching end of lifecycle OS. The widespread use of Windows 7 is concerning, as there is less than six months to go until this version becomes unsupported,” comments Kaspersky enterprise solutions manager Alexey Pankratov.

“The reasons behind this lag vary depending on the software in place, which may be unable to run on the newest OS versions, to economic reasons and even just down to habit. Nonetheless, an old unpatched OS is a cybersecurity risk – the cost of an incident may be substantially higher than the cost of upgrading. This is why we recommend that customers migrate to supported versions and ensure that additional security tools are in place during the transition period.”

Kaspersky Lab general manager for Southeast Asia Yeo Siang Tiong adds that it’s important that people install the latest operating systems.

“As one of Southeast Asia’s most digitally advanced economies, it comes as no surprise that Singapore ranked the highest in terms of up-to-date OS adoption in the region. However, there remains a sizeable proportion of users across the consumer, SMB, and enterprise segments in the country which are using outdated operating systems. It’s critical for these companies, no matter how big or small they are, to close this loophole which cybercriminals can use against them sooner or later.”

To be protected against emerging threats, Kaspersky recommends that businesses and consumers do the following:

  • Use an up-to-date version of the OS with the auto-update feature enabled
  • If upgrading to the latest OS version is not possible, organizations are advised to take into account this attack vector in their threat model and to address it through smart separation of vulnerable nodes from the rest of the network, in addition to other measures.
  • Use solutions with behavior-based exploit prevention technologies.

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The New Version of Kaspersky Security Cloud Strengthens Privacy Control for Apps and Websites

Kaspersky has updated Kaspersky Security Cloud – its account-based … Thus, consumers who already use some of Kaspersky’s software do not have …

Kaspersky has updated Kaspersky Security Cloud – its account-based service with access to the company’s best consumer technologies and tools – with new ways to protect user privacy across multiple devices. Kaspersky Security Cloud now reduces the risk of users’ privacy being violated by warning them about the risks of dangerous and special permissions requested by apps on Android devices. In addition, it notifies users about phishing attempts hidden behind shortened links to websites. Kaspersky’s traditional consumer product line, with Essential-to-Premium solutions, has been further enhanced to offer a better user experience through performance improvements and optimizing the number of notifications.

According to Kaspersky’s report – The true value of digital privacy: are consumers selling themselves short? – it is increasingly common for consumers to protect their digital privacy by checking the settings on their devices and the apps that they use. In fact, more than a third (35%) of consumers regularly follow this practice.

However, as apps today often make suspicious permission requests that could endanger user privacy, confusion reigns. In order to simplify consumers’ control over privacy and save time in managing settings, Kaspersky Security Cloud’s new feature for Android devices enables users to view and manage app permissions in one place, at a glance. This helps identify potentially dangerous or questionable requests made by an app, and explains the risks associated with different types of common permissions.

In addition to suspicious app permissions, there’s another privacy risk that consumers need to be aware of and this has been accounted for in the new version of Kaspersky Security Cloud. In recent years, short URLs have seen widespread adoption due to the limited amount of characters they take up in instant messages or tweets. In fact, many legitimate services now use short URLs to link to desired webpages for sales and marketing purposes. However, while there are benefits, they can be dangerous as users don’t neccessarily know where they lead. This can have serious privacy consequences and has resulted in the increased popularity of short URLs among cybercriminals in recent years. To combat this, users of Kaspersky Security Cloud can take advantage of an improved Anti-Phishing feature to better protect personal information. The service analyzes short URLs and warns if a phishing link is hidden behind them. As part of this process, Kaspersky Security Cloud sends an anti-phishing alert to the user and ensures that the links and websites they access are safe.

“For modern users, it is not enough to just secure their device. Cybercriminals are becoming more interested in obtaining personal information about a specific person – whether it is a piece of financial information or their search history. If this sort of information is exposed, it can bring potential harm to its owner making the issue of digital privacy extremely important. In order to provide more control over personal information regardless of which type of device they use, we have updated Kaspersky Security Cloud. We are helping consumers keep their personal data safe and sound across multiple devices,” comments Marina Titova, Head of Consumer Product Marketing at Kaspersky.

There are three editions of Kaspersky Security Cloud: Free (extended version of Kaspersky Free that now, apart from Windows, supports mobile devices and delivers personalized protection), Personal and Family. Each edition offers a different number of applications, tools and technologies. All Kaspersky Security Cloud subscribers can install its applications and technologies on a PC, Mac and mobile devices. What is more, all customers will receive the new features and updates for free within the subscription period.

To learn more about the new version of Kaspersky Security Cloud, visit

Kaspersky Anti-Virus, Kaspersky Internet Security and Kaspersky Total Security: performance improvements and better user experience

As well as updating Kaspersky Security Cloud, Kaspersky has also refined the interface and key capabilities within Kaspersky Anti-Virus, Kaspersky Internet Security and Kaspersky Total Security. This has improved performance, how consumers receive notifications, and the overall user experience.

Kaspersky has worked on improving its traditional security solutions’ performance for Windows. For example, in order to speed up lengthy file system scans for malware, the restriction on the PC’s resources consumed has been lifted. Furthermore, the latest version can be installed in just half the time and is 15% ‘lighter’ – so there’s less load on the user’s PC.

In addition, security solutions now only alert users about significant events and ensure a frictionless experience. For instance, when a user visits a banking website, they receive a notification from the Safe Money feature, informing them that their session is protected.

Kaspersky has also simplified how credentials and account information is exchanged between the company’s products. Thus, consumers who already use some of Kaspersky’s software do not have to re-enter their credentials whenever they install a new product. Rather, they can manage them all under one My Kaspersky account.

To learn more about the new generation of Kaspersky’s consumer traditional product line, visit

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Kaspersky antivirus exposed users to online tracking

Earlier this week, German magazine c’t published a report in which it detailed an experiment involving Kaspersky software installed on a test laptop.

For years, websites all over the internet were able to track visitors who are using Kaspersky’s antivirus solution, but both the security firm and the media are describing this as a minor flaw and nothing more than an incident.

Earlier this week, German magazine c’t published a report in which it detailed an experiment involving Kaspersky software installed on a test laptop. As it turns out, the software injects JavaScript code onto every rendered website, regardless of the browser used.

The script has an ID number that seems to be unique for every PC.

“That’s a remarkably bad idea,” the report states. “Other scripts running in the context of the website domain can access the entire HTML source any time, which means they can read the Kaspersky ID. In other words, any website can read the user’s Kaspersky ID and use it for tracking.”

The journalist who wrote the piece, Ronald Eikenberg, notified Kaspersky, who fixed the flaw this June. It confirmed that the flaw was found in all versions of Kaspersky antivirus software that was released after late 2015.

“Several million users must have been exposed” overall, Eikenberg reasoned.

Despite fixing the flaw relatively fast, Kaspersky downplayed the importance of this tracking ID.

“After our internal research, we have concluded that such scenarios of user’s privacy compromise are theoretically possible but are unlikely to be carried out in practice, due to their complexity and low profitability for cybercriminals. Nevertheless, we are constantly working on improving our technologies and products, resulting in a change in this process. We’d like to thank Ronald Eikenberg for reporting this to us,” Kaspersky said.

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