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lockyRansomware has been an enormous security problem in today’s digital age. The damage can spread to epic proportions for organizations which assets (e.g. user personal and financial data) rely on the web.

Earlier this month, the system of the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical was infected by ransomware that demanded a ransom totaling to a whopping US$3.6 million (*in bitcoin 9,000).

What is ransomware?

It’s kidnapping of data, wherein a hacker locks a user out of his own system by encrypting data before asking for a payment in the form of bitcoin before he can recover the files using the decryption key.

Joining the club is Locky, another flavor introduced by hackers, who are allegedly associated with one of the people behind Dridex, a notorious banking ransomware.

Both have the same modus of operation, that’s why.

Locky’s hackers send an email containing a Microsoft Word attachment, which disguises as an invoice that requires macro functions.

[Microsoft disabled macros by default for security reasons, which is why you will normally see a warning message if an attachment has macros.]

Now if you’d enable it, macro will run to download Locky using Bartallex, which Dridex also uses in its operations.

So if your system becomes infected, you will not be able to recover your files if you do not have a regular backup or if your data has been infected by the malware.

According to the Palo Alto Networks, they have detected 400,000 sessions in which half of the targets were from the US, while the rest were from Canada and Australia.

[Locky uses its command-and-control infrastructure for performing a memory exchange before file encryption. All encrypted files come with “.locky” extension.

Kevin Beaumont from “Medium” wrote guidance on ways to find out who among the staff in your organization has been infected. He also suggested locking of the infected user’s account as well as shutting down of its network access. Most importantly, you should be rebuilding his computer from scratch.

Source: PC World

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With a number of proclamations, accreditations, awards and high third party approval ratings, BitDefender 2105 has proven that those who have tested it weren’t wrong to give it a perfect 10 in performance and technology.

While being one of the most affordable on the market, its performance is highly remarkable and its latest upgrades are no exception. So, it comes as no surprise that when BitDefender 2015 hit the market, it has been ranked number 1 by different tech sites and authorities as the Best Antivirus Program. Let us see what the new BitDefender Photon has in store for its future users:

  • Enhanced One Step payments for those who pay their bills online
  • Improved parental control that allows the parents to monitor and prevent children from accessing websites or materials that may have damaging content.
  • Enhanced Security Reports for scans and detections
  • Enhanced online banking and shopping security; alerts and detects online scammers to help protect you and your online finances
  • Enhanced Quick vulnerability scanners which run full-time to protect your computer from immediate malware and virus attacks.
  • The 2015 product also includes new specs that you might find very useful, such as the:
  1. PC tune-up option. A one-click addition that allows your device to work faster and better.
  2. A new inclusion of movies, work and gaming profiles for the different modes of your device
  3. A start-up optimizer so your computer will boot faster.

BitDefender is at the top of its game and rated by third party users with a perfect 10 out of 10 in software efficiency. This product also delivers when it comes to other specs in addition to virus and malware detection. It is also very easy to use, most of its software updates are equipped to work with one click or with the BitDefender Autopilot, which allows you to sit back and relax, while it does all the work. There’d be no need for configurations, no pop-up advertisements and no interruptions. Just install, sit back and relax.

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The beauty about BitDefender 2015 is that it factors in the flow of modernization in all devices. It has delivered a way to keep you protected at all costs without swelling the price. It gives you all the protection and more, shielding not just your device but also your family and finances.

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ok4Bitdefender, has launched its ‘Antivirus Free’ app on the Google Android platform to combat the growth in mobile malware.

The app promises a “fast and powerful antivirus solution that taps the latest in-the-Cloud scanning technology and prevents battery strain.”

“We would like to see [Antivirus Free] as widely employed as possible, so we made it easy to use, light on the battery, and lethal to Android malware,” Bitdefender chief security researcher, Catalin Cosoi, said.

For the everyday smartphone user, the app looks basic and is simple to operate. The key feature of the plain user interface is a big ‘Scan’ button, and beneath is an indicator of whether the device is safe and a record of the last time it was scanned.

Source: ARN Mobile

After rigorous testing of Bitdefender Internet Security 2012 by AV-TEST, Bitdefender is still the world’s reigning anti-virus champion.

It got  the highest score , 17 points among all tested products in the January and February round of testing by AV-TEST, the leading independent anti-virus testing organization. Bitdefender has won five rounds of AV-TEST trials in a row, as well as the organization’s prestigious Best Protection 2011 Award.

According to AV-TEST, Bitdefender scored best in protection against zero-day malware attacks, detection of malware discovered in the last two to three months, and widespread and prevalent malware.  Bitdefender was also top in “cleaning and repair of a malware-infected computer” and “detection of actively running widespread malware.”

“Bitdefender has focused on innovation and that dedication has taken us further and further in recent years. We’re running with this success and confident our upcoming product releases will continue to perform on the level that’s been recognized by AV-TEST.” said Viorel Canja, head of Bitdefender Labs.

Besides Bitdefender, AV-TEST evaluated 22 home-user security products using their default settings in January and February. Bitdefender was followed by second-place Kaspersky, with 16.5 points and Symantec’s Norton Internet Security, in third place with 15 points.

Source: Latest News on Bitdefender

Bitdefender has received Rebrand 100’s prestigious Distinction Award for its two-year corporate image makeover, alongside the efforts of global giants such as UBS, Cisco and Pfizer, the world’s highest recognition for excellence in brand reconstruction and redesign.

The breakthrough rebranding approach that repositioned Bitdefender in 2011 at the forefront of the antimalware crusade and placed its software suite under the sign of excellence is the result of the Romanian antivirus vendor’s collaboration with Brandient, the leading East-European brand strategy and design company.

Inspired by ancient Romanian history, the Dacian wolf symbol was chosen to represent the Bitdefender philosophy: we are awake, always on guard. The new Bitdefender corporate image reflects the concept of “the mind that never sleeps” and it embodies the qualities of the sleek mythological wolf: predator instincts, always ready for battle, always the first to explore new territories.

Brandient conceptualized and implemented the strategy, the visual identity, the packaging and brand engagement sessions with the aim to provide Bitdefender business with a valuable growth driver, fitted to the global span of the brand and the exceptional performance of the products.

As the logo goes, this really proves that BitDefender’s mind never sleeps!

Recently, Dropbox found themselves in a hot seat stateing that they would hand over files to law enforcement officials if subpoenaed. Some took it the wrong way, thinking this was a decision Dropbox had made and that it violated user privacy.  Well in fact, U.S. law requires all providers to cooperate — Dropbox was merely clarifying as much in their policies.

BitDefender thinks their new cloud sync app Safebox might be just the thing bring out a service that its usera are longing for.  It’s a reasonable enough assumption considering BitDefender is one of the top security software developers in the world.

Security and privacy concerns aside, Safebox doesn’t soem of the advanced features that Dropbox does. Bandwidth controls are very limited, for example. You can either let Safebox run full blast or “limit bandwidth,” but there’s no slider or text box to let you set your upload and download speeds. There’s also no pause control, and no LAN sync option — a killer feature if you’re using Dropbox on a home or office network.

There’s also no subfolder synchronization control (selective sync on Dropbox). If you drag your My Pictures folder in, for example, you can’t drill down and exclude your Furries or Unicorn subfolders. Platform support is also fairly limited right now, with only Windows and Android clients available. iOS apps are on the way, but no mention is made of Mac or Linux.

Once nice thing Safebox does let you do is synchronize any folder on your computer, no matter where it’s located. All you have to do is drag the folder you want to sync over the Safebox panel and drop it. You can also connect as many computers to a single Safebox as you like, and you’ll get 2GB of space for free.

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Recently two prestigious award-giving bodies, AV-TEST Award for 2011 and 2012 RoundUp of Security Suites positioned Bitdefender Internet Security as one of the best antivirus software solutions. Showing that it provides quality, tested and proven internet security solutions.

In the said AV-TEST award for 2011, Bitdefender garnered the top rank when it comes to antivirus solutions given as Best Protection Award 2011. With this award, it has been proven once more that Bitdefender is the best and ever proven security software when it comes to total protection and security solutions.

Through this, it reestablishes again and again the standing of Bitdefender Internet Security as world’s leader in protection when it comes to internet threats and malwares.

The recognition given to Bitdefender in this prominent award-giving body leads the introduction of the annual awards by AV-Test Institute, a respected security-software testing lab based in Germany, a known authority to Bitdefender and all other competitors in the said event.

Among the tough competitors in AV-TEST, Bitdefender won a total rating of 80.5 points in three categories of tests, ahead of nearest competitor Kaspersky with 78 points, and third-placed F-Secure with 77.5. Panda took 71.5 points while Symantec received 71 points.

Testing covered protection, removal of threats and usability. Bitdefender led the Protection category with 29.5 points – a full point ahead of Kaspersky, and placed second in removal and usability.(PRWire)

With this remarkable winning ranking of Bitdefender in three categories of tests, this marks the proven quality of Bitdefender as the trusted and ever tested brand and provider of antivirus solutions in the world.

Through this recognition given to Bitdefender, this surely maintains and reaffirms once more in achieving its goal to be the best and leading company for security, total protection and antivirus solutions.

Moreover, Bitdefender Internet Security 2012 is truly proud to say that it came in third place in Computerworld 2012 Roundup of Security Suites. Despite the fact that it brought together the bronze award in general, it has still the captivating standing as the highest ranking in the name of malware detection, blocking, and removal tests. The overall results have made Bitdefender Internet Security as the best.

In 2012 RoundUp of Security Suites, the Bitdefender suite found and blocked 96 percent of samples in our  real-world malware tests (which help to show how well antivirus software can stop brand-new malware), and it spotted 99.96 percent of known malware samples. Both of those results are very good–the latter was the third-best result in that particular test that we saw this year.

False positives were almost nonexistent, as the suite misidentified only one safe file as being malicious. And the Bitdefender software was the best of the test group in cleanup, too: It detected and disabled all active sample infections, and removed every last trace of malware 90 percent of the time.(Computerworld)

With these honor and prestige given to Bitdefender Internet Security, it clearly states that,  nothing beats Bitdefender when it comes to internet security, protection and antivirus solutions.

Bitdefender Internet Security is the best and maintains as the leading software solution!