AVG is going to have to rethink its mobile application strategy if it wants its security app reinstated in the Windows Phone Marketplace. Microsoft removed the security software vendor's app from the Marketplace after learning that it might be harvesting a bit too much information from users and sending data back to AVG's servers.
Minnesota sports fans have been down in the dumps ever since Kevin McHale traded away Kevin Garnett for what amounted to broken hopes and dreams in return. But cheer up Minnesota residents, your state is home to the most secure city in the country, unlike those San Antonio Spurs fan, who are "most likely to be digitally duped."
Security vendor AVG Technologies today announced a new top-tier antivirus suite, AVG Premium Security. The new suite includes everything you'll find in AVG's Internet Security package plus aggressive identity protection. According to AVG, it's the only Internet security solution around that actively surveys the Web for incidents of stolen identity, rather than taking a passive approach to protecting your name.
Security firm AVG has come out with a new product called "AVG Family Safety" designed to "protect today's tech-savvy but increasingly vulnerable children online." That reads a lot like 'parental controls' to us, and from what we gather, that's basically what it is. In addition, AVG claims this wonder tool can filter unwanted communication from online predators and cyber-bullying from over 80 different social network sites, while also allowing you to monitor chats and network threads.
AVG, makers of AVG Free, the popular free antivirus program (as well as offering a selection of paid security software), announced on Wednesday that it scooped up Tel Aviv-based DroidSecurity, a cloud-based mobile security startup.
"The potential that exists within the mobile space is extraordinary, and we predict that devices like smartphones will overtake PCs in 2012," said J.R. Smith, chief executive officer, AVG. "AVG acquired DroidSecurity to accelerate our delivery of sophisticated mobile security and provide users around the world with the reliable and secure technology they need to confidently mitigate the risks associated with using mobile devices."
Not only does the deal underscore the importance security vendors are placing on the smartphone market, but the emerging tablet sector as well. With the proliferation of both markets, it's conceivable that mobile security could skyrocket in the next few years.
Once the deal is complete, DroidSecurity will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of AVG and will remain headquartered in Tel Aviv, AVG said.
Turkey gets to wear the prickly crown of being the most dangerous country to surf the web. According to AVG, the incidence rate of virus attacks in the Eurasian country is 1 in 10, which is way above the global average of 1 in 73. Russia comes in a close second with one web attack for for every 15 users.
Security researchers behind the study attribute the high probability of web attacks in these countries to a combination of factors, including the popularity of illegal download sites, poor online file sharing habits and heavy reliance on Internet cafes.
Seven out of the ten safest countries from an Internet security perspective are from Africa, with Sierra Leone (1 in 696) being the safest. Japan (1 in 400) is ranked fourth on the list. AVG's findings are based on “data from over 127 million computers in 144 countries.”
When AVG’s Anti-Virus Free Edition 9.0 didn’t make the cut of our AV roundup in May, a football stadium full of readers let us know of the injustice. We’re not really surprised by this, considering that AVG was once the hands-down favorite among free virus scanners. At one time heralded for both its excellent detection rate and small footprint, AVG has since fallen out of favor somewhat, partly because of its perceived bloat, but also because competitors’ AV products have stepped up their game. So where does that leave AVG today?
Two weeks ago AVG announced its LinkScanner software for the Mac platform designed to keep "Mac users safe from increasing intensity and sophistication of Web attacks." Perhaps the Mac faithful didn't take too kindly to the release, as AVG felt compelled to follow-up the announcement with some sobering statistics for Mac users.
"It’s a well known fact that most computer users believe that owning a Mac means that you are somewhat immune to the malicious threats that lurk within cyberspace," AVG starts out. "In fact, this belief has become so strong that many Mac owners do not have, or feel the need to have, antivirus software installed on their machines.
AVG goes on to say that the iServices B Trojan crippled an additional 5,000 machines, and pointed out that other outbreaks, like the Tored-A and Jahlav-C viruses, also cause their share of headaches in the Apple community.
"Flaws were also discovered in the Safari Web browser, iTunes, and PDF program," AVG continues. "Worse still is the fact that last month reports were issued around an unpatched vulnerability in the Safari 4.0 Web browser! So, it would appear that Macs are no longer as shielded as they once were."
The U.S. Department of the Treasury found itself the victim of hacker attacks on three of its websites, all of which proceeded to distribute malicious software to visitors, security firm AVG says.
According to AVG researcher Roger Thompson, as of Monday, three domains associated with the home page of the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing were actively serving up malicious software. While the Treasury Department has so far refrained from commenting on the attacks, by Tuesday morning, all three sites appear to have been taken offline.
Thompson says the hackers injected a small amount of dirty iframe HTML code that redirected visitors to a website in the Ukraine that launched a plethora of web-based attacks. This isn't the first time the same Ukraine website has done this, having previously targeted known software bugs, including flaws in Adobe's Reader software, Yahoo News reports.
How the attackers managed to infiltrate the Treasury Department's websites is so far unknown.
Surely you are aware the p2p networks are crawling with nasty malware. It’s almost enough to make you go elsewhere for your copyrighted public domain content. The MPAA and RIAA are of the opinion that people running torrents are a bunch of pirates that deserve what’s coming to them. The makers of Limewire, however, feel differently and have licensed the AVG antivirus engine to provide real-time scanning of downloaded files.
Limewire accesses both the Gnutella and BitTorrent protocols. The pro version of the software will be the one getting the security upgrades. Users of the free edition will still be on their own. Files scanned with the integrated scanner will be labeled as “Protected by AVG”. The software will make no distinction between legal and illegal files.
Look, we’re all for fewer people having malware and getting caught up in botnets, but is paying for a p2p app with integrated virus scanning the way to do it? Maybe suggest your p2p loving friends use a free security solution like Microsoft Security Essentials instead.