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Off-Topic Discussions / What if you didn't own a smartphone?
« on: March 07, 2016, 04:46:58 pm »
I often wonder if I would be better off without a smartphone. When I have it with me and I'm connected to the Internet, which is like... all the time, I just have to look every time I receive a notification. It's annoying but in the same time addictive. Addiction is bad. Smartphones=addiction.

Shouldn't we just go back to these...

Off-Topic Discussions / Re: What do you think about the freedoms nowadays?
« on: February 24, 2016, 11:27:55 am »
That's what's going on, basically...

Web Browsing Practices / Attention, Baidu browser users!
« on: February 24, 2016, 11:20:39 am »
If you're based in China, or are Chinese for that matter, chances are you are using Baidu browser regularly. Well, no matter where you are, you should know that Baidu has been involved in a privacy scandal.

Researchers recently discovered that the Baidu browser collects personal information about its users and then sends it to its servers without having it properly encrypted. Or if it was encrypted, it wasn't encrypted safely enough to 'resist' decryption.

Baidu browser would also check for updates and download them without applying code signatures. A lack of code signatures could cause MitM (man-in-the-middle) type of attacks. In such a scenario, an attacker can send out malicious files to users, masqueraded as Baidu updates.

The security firm that made those findings is Citizen Lab:

Software Reviews / Is PC Password Shield a good choice?
« on: February 23, 2016, 04:10:43 pm »
Password management is probably the best way to secure your passwords and respectively your accounts. Even though I still haven't tried a password manager, I am willing to give it a try and see how it goes.

PC Password Shield seems to be  good choice. Its price is affordable - $29.95. However, I'd be glad if anyone who has used it, gives an opinion from a user's point of view.

Besides giving it a try yourself, software reviews (done by independent and unbiased reviewers) seem to be the best way to choose your software.

According to SensorsTechForum's review, here's what is appealing about PC Shield Password:

  • Password generator;
  • Password strength meter;
  • Copy to clipboard button;
  • Advanced and thorough settings;
  • Settings for password generating;
  • Simple user interface;
  • Convenient search;
  • Free tech support;
  • Customizing password groups.

Is there something missing in the program? Apparently, a couple of things can be improved, like it does not hide the user's database file completely.

Here's more insight on the software:

Software Reviews / Your opinion on APO Encryption Sofware
« on: February 23, 2016, 03:56:58 pm »
APO Encryption is a program developed for both home and enterprise users. APO uses the strong AES-256 algorithm and is used to encode secret files. This algorithm is so strong that it would take hundreds of years to penetrate it, and a very powerful machine as well.

The program is suitable for Windows and is available at the price of $24.95.

There are several features that make APO a great choice for security-concerned users:

  • Good speed when encrypting files;
  • Many options and settings to play with;
  • Ability to shred, compress and transport data;
  • FIPS certification;
  • Army level of encryption - AES-256 algorithm.

On the other hand, only one drawback of the software has drawn the attention of security researcher Ventsislav who reviewed the program: "The program has easy access to the settings where the location of the “.key” file used for the decryption of the files can be seen by anyone who opens it."

Here's his whole review:

Would you consider using such software to protect your data? Do you have any insight on encryption software?

Off-Topic Discussions / Do you use public wifi?
« on: February 23, 2016, 03:25:33 pm »
I am asking this question not just out of curiosity. A new experiment was just performed by Avast during Mobile World Congress currently held in Barcelona.

It turns out that more than 2,000 people connected to three WiFi spots set up by Avast experts, and exposed their PII.

Read more about the experiment and its results:

So, do you use public wifi on a regular basis, or just when you're abroad and cannot afford using your data?

Acecard is an Android Trojan that first landed the mobile malware scene back in 2014, when it was first detected. However, back then Acecard didn't really catch the attention of malware researchers. It was a simple looking sniffer, nothing special.

Today, Acecard appears to be one of the most dangerous Trojans ever created for the Android ecosystem. It distributes itself through smartly crafted phishing emails, and can represent itself as Adobe Flash for Android.

Acecard’s most recent version can compromise about 30 banks’ client applications and payment systems, definitely a number that is no longer neglected by the malware research community. Acecard can also overlay any application upon command, meaning that the number of targets can easily be bigger than 30.

As stated by Kaspersky Lab researchers, Acecard can overlay:

Software Reviews / Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery - Technicians License
« on: February 22, 2016, 04:51:18 pm »
If you've spent some time researching data recovery utilities, you have definitely come across the tools developed by Stellar Phoenix. All of their software is qualified to do as promised. However, one version stands out, and it is the SPDR's Technicians License.

SPDR's Technicians License

This particular version includes more advanced features for data recovery from the Hard Drives, Solid Stat Drives, external drives (USB, MicroSD) and RAID servers.

Overall, the program:

  • Is low in size;
  • Offers remote recovery option;
  • Offers raw recovery restricted to specific file extentions;
  • Has an option to choose between filesystems (FAT32 and NTFS).
License Price: 299$

Obviously, it's a pricey utility but it appears to be worthy. Have you tried it?

Let's transform all the famous meme characters out there and make them a bit more geeky. Something like our own 9gag in the context of PC viruses and PC security :}

Let me begin!

(the meme is taken from this article:

Come on, guys, don't be shy! :]

Software Reviews / Android Data Recovery Pro, Android backup needed
« on: February 22, 2016, 03:19:24 pm »
Android Data Recovery Pro is a program that serves to recover lost files or other data. The tool should scan your device from your computer and then restore the lost data. The price of Android Data Recovery Pro is 49,95$. Keep in mind that the license can be used on 1 to 3 PCs.

Android Data Recovery Pro pros:

Android Data Recovery Pro's cons:

  • The app that 'replaces' a cable is not available on Google PlayStore (it's available on the official website, though);
  • The CPU usage can be lower, especially when the program is idle;
  • The Wi-Fi app may have troubles while scanning the QR code;
  • No scanning capabilities for files with specific extensions such as .mp3.

So, it goes without saying that it would be cool if you leave your opinion regarding the program. If you've tried it and didn't liked it, what data recovery tool would you recommend for Android?

Software Reviews / Does Hidden Toolbox really protect my privacy?
« on: February 22, 2016, 12:39:45 pm »
Hidden Toolbox is a somehow unique program that allows users to browse privately. Basically, Hidden Toolbox is a concealed program that runs based on a quick key combination. When you start installing it, you will be displayed a tutorial that explains how the program works. If you want to learn more about Hidden Toolbox, make sure to check out its review:

Hidden Toolbox costs $39.95. It appears that the license is permanent. Please correct me if I'm wrong!

On the positive side, Hidden Toolbox has to offer:

  • Quick browsing process;
  • A panic button;
  • Simple, user-friendly interface;
  • 256-bit SSL encryption.

On the negative side, Hidden Toolbox seems to be missing the following features:

  • AdBlock-type of software to protect users during browsing;
  • A set of browser extensions;
  • A built-in VPN;
  • No information whatsoever on how to remove the program.[/;i]
Overall, Hidden Toolbox seems to be an interesting piece of code. Have you come across similar tools? What's your opinion on Hidden Toolbox (in case you've used it)?

Software Reviews / BullGuard Internet Security - Share your thoughts
« on: February 22, 2016, 11:21:46 am »
BullGuard is an anti-virus program that has been around since 2002. It offers a 60-day free trial. After the trial expires, the AV becomes available at the price of 59.95$ per year for 3 computers.

Let's see what its latest version is all about.

BullGuard's Pros:

  • Spam filtering;
  • PC optimization;
  • User-friendly;
  • 5 GB online backup, auto scheduling available;
  • Vulnerability scan;
  • Customer support at all times;
  • Quick at updating and scanning;
  • Easy to register.

BullGuard's Cons:

  • CPU usage could be less;
  • A bit expensive (nhowever, its license can be used on 3 machines).

More info:

As a user, what's your experience with BullGuard?

Software Reviews / SOS Online Backup Tool. Any Opinions?
« on: February 22, 2016, 10:44:54 am »
SOS Online Backup is a data backup and recovery utility. It is available at the price of $79.99 per year.

The tool provides two options of cloud backup:
  • Business - appropriate for servers and office computers;
  • Personal - good for a regular user who wants to back their system's files and mobile devices.

SOS Online Backup has several pretty awesome features:

  • Unlimited data storage;
  • Good speed during installation and backup;
  • Automatic backup feature;
  • File explorer for the backed up files;
  • Good security and excellent data encryption;
  • Good for both home and enterprise users.

So, the tool has lots of pros. What about its cons? Two (small?) shortcomings come to mind:

  • A tray icon providing the user with option to quickly access its features would have been nice;
  • A lower price to make it available to a larger range of users.

More info:
What do you think of SOS Online Backup? Is it worth it? If you use/have used it, please drop your opinion here and spare other users the hesitation :)

With the emergence of ransomware, the file encrypting threat that encrypts files and demands ransom for their decryption, many users are facing the need to backup and recover their data. That being sad, the abundance of ransomware pieces has led to the development of many data recovery tools.

eSupport UndeletePlus 3
is such a program. Overall, it is a good and light program.

Here's a list of some of eSupport UndeletePlus 3's features:

  • It is quite small and installs fast;
  • The file restoration process has a good quality;
  • It has diverse settings;
  • It provides deep and smart scan features;
  • It has fast scanning mechanisms.

On the other hand, eSupport UndeletePlus 3 could have been better, if:
  • it had an option to scan files via different algorithms to increase the number of recovered files;
  • a free trial;
  • an on-demand scan.

More details:

Despite these cons, it still appears to be a good tool. Have you tried it?

I was wondering if some victims have decided to pay the ransom... and found a discussion about it on Reddit. Some guy said that they paid coz they were desperate etc... And it worked.. However... My thought is that paying the ransom is not a good idea because financial resource from ransoms only supports cyber crime... and it's growing and evolving constantly... Just backup your files professionally and regularly, especially if you own a business!!! Simple as that. And this is what every IT security guy would advise you..

Just a thought I decided to drop here...

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