AV-Test shows us the best antiviruses for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

antivirusesWith the huge amount of threats lingering on the Internet, it is impossible nowadays to connect, browse and download files without an antivirus capable of protecting us both from human error (like clicking on links before reading them) and from the attacks that may reach us without us knowing it, like exploits that benefit from a vulnerability. Nowadays there is a great variety of antiviruses on the market, so it can be hard to choose which one will be the best antivirus for 2018.

From Windows Defender, the default antivirus included on Windows 10, to some well-known ones such as Kaspersky, McAfee, Bitdefender and Avast and up to some antiviruses we probably never heard of (and still they get the maximum grade on security tests), the variety of antiviruses we can find nowadays is huge. Because of this, we probably have had doubts many times about which one is the best antivirus and which of them should we choose to protect us from threats.

AV-Test is a German independent platform that analyzes the main antiviruses on the market and allows us to easily understand which of them got the best grade and so, which of them protect us better and which of them do it worse. This platform usually publishes their results periodically for the different operative systems and now it is time for Windows 10, specifically, for Fall Creators Update, the latest version of the operative system. Continue reading “AV-Test shows us the best antiviruses for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update”

We will soon see malware taking advantage of Meltdown and Spectre

There’s no doubt that the beginning of this year has been branded, mainly, by the discovery of Meltdown and Spectre, two security errors hidden on Intel, AMD and ARM’s processors that have cornered all of the computing industry. The complexity of these vulnerabilities makes them hard to fix as well as hard to exploit. But while developers still haven’t found a solution for these vulnerabilities, the first pieces of malware capable of successfully exploiting this security errors are already appearing.

According to security researchers from AV-Test, Fortinet and Minerva, from a few days ago, malware that exploits this vulnerabilities on Intel’s, AMD’s and ARM’s processors has been appearing. Moreover, the number of these samples registered on the last week has grown considerably, right now being 119 pieces of malware capable of successfully exploiting Meltdown and Spectre. Continue reading “We will soon see malware taking advantage of Meltdown and Spectre”

Firefox 59 will not send information when visiting a new link in private browsing

Mozilla keeps improving its browser by introducing interesting novelties. The latest one that we heard about today was the plan to strip the path information from the referrer when a user visits third-party sites using Firefox 59 Stable. The new feature is only available in the browser’s private browsing mode. This means that the information of the site where the click is performed will not be sent when visiting a third-party page. That is, if we are browsing the web and click on a link, the new webpage will not know where that click comes from.

Firefox 59 will not send data when clicking on a link

Web browsers provide information to sites when connections are made. Part of this is the referrer value that holds the path of the site. This is exactly what Mozilla tries to get rid of with Firefox 59, although it will only work with the private browsing mode.

When we click on a link, its URL is sent as the referrer by default. The data reveals information to sites. While this is usually limited to the full URL of the page the user comes from, it sometimes may include critical information that users may not want to share with other sites. Continue reading “Firefox 59 will not send information when visiting a new link in private browsing”

Tips for traveling with an iPhone or iPad (iOS) and protect our data

Many people have to travel for work at any time of year. However, during the summer the number of people traveling (for leisure in this case) increases. In an interconnected world where personal data is very valuable for hackers and where we usually take all kind of personal information with us, it is essential to keep our device (both Android and iOS) safe and protected to prevent any unauthorized person from accessing it.

iOS is the OS that Apple installs on its iPads and iPhones. This system, which is closed source as opposed to Android, is also much more secure because it is very complicated to run unsigned malicious software on it (unless the device is jailbroken) and skip security measures. Therefore, in most cases, the information stored in the device is secured and no one can access it. However, it is always good to take precautions whenever we go on a trip to prevent hackers from identifying us and accessing our data.

Now, we will take a look at a series of tweaks that we must perform on our device before traveling in order to strengthen our security and privacy. Continue reading “Tips for traveling with an iPhone or iPad (iOS) and protect our data”