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Mobile Menace Monday: Facebook Lite infected with Spy FakePlay   

A version of the popular mobile app Facebook has been found to be infected with what we detect as Android/Trojan.Spy.FakePlay. Facebook Lite is a more compact version of the popular app that uses less data and claims to work in all network conditions (i.e. where network conditions are poor).

The infected Facebook Lite works as advertised, but with the addition of malicious activities. It does this by using a malicious receiver com.google.update.LaunchReceiver and service com.google.update.GetInst. Note the use of using a receiver and service name that attempts to hide under what some may think is Google Update; something an untrained eye may not catch.

Service com.google.update.LaunchReceiver runs whenever the phone is booted, and immediately runs receiver com.google.update.GetInst.

Read more at: http://bit.ly/2ngtgGY

Published on March 13, 2017 by Paul Illingworth
Free antivirus coupon leads to tech support scam   

Before we showed how users were redirected to a tech support scam page via a rogue Google Chrome extension. This time we take a look at another clever ruse to trick you into calling for assistance, and ultimately getting scammed.

This scheme is actually hosted on the same domain that was running the fake Windows support we described before and our assumption is that users are redirected to this coupon page via a similar malvertising campaign.

It plays on special offers, discounts and time-limited deals to entice you to claim your product now, choosing between Norton or McAfee. After filling in your personal details (which are actually sent off to the crooks), a page simulates the offer being processed only to fail with an error message. Victims are mislead into thinking that their offer was redeemed, but that they must perform a final call to get it completed.

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Published on March 13, 2017 by Paul Illingworth
Mac security facts and fallacies   

Fallacy: Macs don't get viruses

The idea that there are no viruses for the Mac goes back to the beginning of Mac OS X, at the very beginning of this millennium. Most people associate this idea most strongly with the "I'm a Mac/I'm a PC" commercials from a decade ago:

Unfortunately, this is a myth. As with most good myths, though, there's a slight element of truth.

Technically speaking, a virus is malware that spreads by itself, by attaching itself to other files. By this strict definition, there are no Mac viruses. However, by that token, there also aren't very many Windows viruses these days, either. Viruses have mostly disappeared from the threat landscape.

The average person, though, understands a virus to be any kind of malicious software. (A better term for this is "malware.") Since there definitely is malware for the Mac,

Read more at: http://bit.ly/2mjPF0Z

Published on March 13, 2017 by Paul Illingworth
Windows vs Linux - What's the best operating system?   

Given their different strengths and use cases, it's difficult to definitively state whether Linux or Windows is the better OS.

Read more at: http://bit.ly/2mde74P

Published on March 11, 2017 by Bob Uhlman
Nvidia Driver 378.78 big DirectX 12 improvements   

Nvidia released a new driver for GeForce video cards yesterday that bumps the version to 378.78 and improves DX12 performance significantly. The new video card driver ships with three core improvements; namely, DirectX 12 optimizations, support for the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, and Game Ready support for Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands.

Read more at: http://bit.ly/2mKnrk1

Published on March 10, 2017 by Bob Uhlman
Safari browser sheds users, mimicking IE   

Apple's Safari browser, like rival Internet Explorer (IE), has lost a significant number of users in the last two years, data published Wednesday showed. The most likely destination of Safari defectors: Google's Chrome.

Read more at: http://bit.ly/2mR74zO

Published on March 4, 2017 by Bob Uhlman
Skype application for Linux   

Microsoft has just released the beta version of its new Skype application for Linux. This new version, despite being in stable, has replaced the existing Skype 4.3 on its website as the default download.

If you are not already aware, until now, Microsoft used a Qt based Skype client for Linux. This application lacked a number of features and was not updated for several years. The user interface looked like it was made before 2010.

But Microsoft woke up from the sleep and announced that it was working on a new Skype application for Linux. The new version uses modern cloud architecture, unlike the older version that used peer to peer architecture.

The new Skype version is basically the web version of Skype wrapped using Electron and Node.js. But it does bring the regular Skype features that Windows users are enjoying.

Read more at: http://bit.ly/2lB1M9H

Published on March 3, 2017 by Paul Illingworth
Best Linux distributions for beginners   

Let's face it, Linux can pose an overwhelming complexity to new users. But then, it's not Linux itself that brings this complexity. Rather, it's the "newness" factor that causes this.

Not knowing where to start can be a downer. Especially for someone who does not have the concept of something else running on their PC in place of Windows or MacOS.

Linux is more than an OS. It's an idea where everybody grows together and there's something for everybody.

Read more at: http://bit.ly/2lATKh4

Published on March 3, 2017 by Paul Illingworth
Bad bug found in Microsoft browsing code   

Google has released details of a bug in Microsoft's browsing programs that would allow attackers to build websites that make the software crash.
Google researcher Ivan Fratric said the bug could, in some cases, allow attackers to hijack a victim's browser.
The bug was found in November, but details are only now being released after the expiry of the 90-day deadline Google gave Microsoft to find a fix.
Microsoft has yet to say when it will produce a patch that removes the bug.

Read more at: http://bbc.in/2loBnf1

Published on March 1, 2017 by Paul Illingworth
best privacy-focused Linux distributions   

This article shows you the list of best privacy-focused Linux distributions. This article is intended for readers who are extremely concerned about their only privacy.

Privacy is a serious and much-debated issue. In this age of cyber espionage and electronic surveillance, privacy becomes a crucial subject.

While most of us Linux users care about our privacy to an extent, some people take it to an 'extreme level'. Such people are often termed 'privacy freaks' (not in a derogatory manner).

The good thing about Linux is that it has got a distribution for (almost) everyone's needs. Privacy is not an exception.

Read more at: http://bit.ly/2lNrg7i

Published on February 24, 2017 by Paul Illingworth
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