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Fight against online threats and cyber-crime continues.

This week we noticed some articles that deal with cyber-crime as a large subject, but also others that look into the future and try to understand how the Internet of Things will affect us all or how the mobile devices area could change our everyday life.

Our security blog provided this week 2 important updates on some popular articles we have written so far. These are the articles on Dyreza, one of the most advanced pieces of malicious software, and CTB Locker, one of the latest and most dangerous ransomware that appeared lately.

Our goal is to bring you the latest security news from the digital world. And this is what we do.

These are the 10 security articles of the week that you should read in order to improve your online security.

Security articles of the week

1. Apple extends two-factor authentication to FaceTime and iMessage

The Apple hacking scandal created not only many security issues for iCloud users, but more than anything it has affected the Apple image. If back in September they have enabled two-factor authentication on the iCloud, they now extend this security measure to FaceTime and iMessage. Apparently, Apple have become serious about security.

2. Cybercrime happens – deal with it!

Security breaches take place and we need to accept this. As the article says, “the impact of cybercrime is felt by all businesses” and since the legal steps are difficult to impose, we need to change our cultural view towards online security. Because some things are here to stay.

3. Will Your Thermostat Destroy Your Life? It Might. It Just Might

Samsung TVs improved over the years and they are now listening to what we speak. As the Samsung representative says: “Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party.” That says it all.

4. Now You Can Choose What Happens To Your Facebook Account When You Die

I don’t know if this is a security news or not, but it is surely related to your physical security and if you want, to how you can be remembered after time has passed. Sometimes, there are far valuable things you can lose besides money to online criminals.

5. What does Google know about its users? Here’s a way of finding out

We all want sometimes to know: what does Google know about me? Is it my searches that give me away? Should they have all that data on me? Now Google gives the option for its users to find out more about this.

6. 16 million mobile devices infected by malware

So, you think that your mobile device is safe? This article provides some strong evidence that malware on mobile devices is on the rise and it will soon affect more people.

7. How public Wi-Fi puts unprotected users at risk

We all want to use a free Wi-Fi network. It might not be safe and secure, but it’s very convenient and more than anything, it’s free. But what are the dangers that could be lurking in the dark? Let’s find out.

8. Top 5 Malware Trends on the Horizon

A view into the future and we can have a temporary glimpse of what expects us all. Among the threats there are a few we also saw them coming, like the Internet of Things and the increased usage of advanced malware and data stealing software.

9. Seventy percent of malicious files go undetected by antivirus products

We, at Heimdal, have long time repeated this warning. Antivirus products and security software cannot detect everything. For a complete protection, you need additional steps and measures and more than anything, you need to be prepared. Read the article and access the report for more information.

10. Are you a hack waiting to happen? Your boss wants to know

What if there are companies that test their employees? Should they do this? When important information and sensitive data is at stake, your boss might just put you to the test. Will you click the phishing link or the pop-up that asks for your input? Are you the weakest link in the chain?

 

We are sure there are other important security news out there. So please let us know, what security news did we miss and should have been included here?

This post was originally published by Aurelian Neagu in February 2015.

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