Apr 28

Demand for Remote Employee Tracking Software Tripled

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Demand for Remote Employee Tracking Software Tripled

Corporations are faced with the need to transfer the maximum number of employees to remote work. This causes a huge number of problems, both hardware, and software. Employers do not want to lose control over the process, so they are trying to adopt tools for remote monitoring.

The outbreak of coronavirus has shown that the most effective means of combating its spread is the mutual isolation of people. They try to send the staff of the company home, the nature of the job duties of some specialists allows them to remain involved in labor activities. Here another problem arises: the employer does not have many ways to control the employee’s work regime when he is at home.

According to Bloomberg, in recent weeks, in connection with the mass transfer of employees to remote work, the demand for special software to monitor their activities has tripled. Distributors and developers of special programs literally can not cope with the influx of orders. Many of these utilities, after installing a remote employee on a computer, allow you to control his actions, stop attempts to unauthorized distribution of confidential information, and also evaluate labor productivity.

As a temporary solution, some employers try to force employees to spend a lot of time in the videoconference mode, but it is sometimes difficult to justify this with a real business need. Specialized software allows you to monitor employees more elegantly. Of course, not all employees will like it, but the availability of such mechanisms should always be openly negotiated. Some experts urge homeworkers to take this from a different perspective – monitoring tools allow the most motivated of them to prove themselves to the management. An employer using such tools can identify bottlenecks in the organization of business processes, find reserves for increasing labor productivity.

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Apr 2

Can Antivirus Slow Down Internet Speed?

Can Antivirus Slow Down Internet Speed?

This publication will discuss cases where antivirus software slows down the speed of browsing sites in the browser, as well as cases when the anti-virus reduces the speed of connecting to the Internet as a whole.

Many users are wondering if antivirus software can slow down the speed of the Internet. However, the answer to this question is not as clear as we would like.

In this article, we will describe to you the situations in which the antivirus program only slows down the process of viewing sites in the browser (without affecting the speed of the Internet connection itself), as well as situations in which the antivirus really reduces the overall speed of the Internet connection.

  • To protect your computer from network and external threats, the antivirus uses various scanning methods. If a particular type of scan is not supported by a particular browser, it may take longer to load pages.
  • If on the computer, in addition to the antivirus, other protection software is also installed, this can slow down the system. In such cases, when you try to connect to the Internet, the speed may be relatively low.
  • Often the speed of connecting to the Internet depends on the hardware and functional features of browsers. In particular, users will definitely encounter problems related to Internet speed if they use antivirus with outdated computer models.
  • If the version of the antivirus installed on the PC is out of date, it will take longer to open the pages. Therefore, make sure that the software and browser are updated in order to avoid problems with the Internet speed associated with the use of antivirus.
  • Sometimes when you turn on certain firewalls, add-ons and browser extensions, a conflict with the antivirus program may occur. This is why it is best to avoid applications that can affect the Internet and slow down download speeds.
  • If there is not enough free space on your PC’s hard drive, but you have installed antivirus, this can slow down the speed of Internet access.
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Mar 2

The Best Free Antivirus of 2020

Posted in Antivirus


The effectiveness of antiviruses is often the subject of controversy: a discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of free software to protect PCs. To put an end to such discussions, the independent AV-Test laboratory decided to test 18 popular free antiviruses.

What is known about the best free antivirus

According to the specialists of the German company, the antivirus-winner Microsoft Windows Defender entered the top ten most effective antivirus programs and received maximum ratings in the categories of “usability” and “reliability of protection”, as well as 5.5 points out of 6 possible by the criterion of “performance “

Microsoft Windows Defender has demonstrated 100% protection against malicious attacks, including zero-day threats, as well as the absence of false locks and warnings.

Why Microsoft Antivirus is the Best

In particular, the application successfully recognized 20,428 virus samples recorded in the last 4 weeks before the test.

During testing, there were used the current version of the program with permission to access cloud services and the current version of signatures.

To test the effectiveness of the antivirus there were analyzed the operation of all its components using real threats. Experts also noted a low level of false positives after analyzing 1,384,100 samples, the antivirus made a mistake in only two cases.

Where to download antivirus

Note that Windows Defender is already part of the Microsoft operating system and does not require a preliminary installation.

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Nov 5

Popular Software Vulnerabilities (And Why You Should Develop Your Own Custom Software)

Posted in Security, Software

The past couple of years has been rife with software vulnerabilities that have led to some very serious consequences. Credit card and financial hacks from major businesses are being announced several times a year. Applications in the Google Play store have been found to be Trojan horse fronts to gain access to sensitive information stored on mobile phones. Bugs like Heartbleed have caused panic, and both Apple and Snapchat are under scrutiny for massive nude photo leaks.

With no clear way of telling how these vulnerabilities are being exploited, or by who, user trust is at an all time low. It is no wonder, as they have been shown quite clearly that any expectation of privacy they once had were completely overestimated. They have no privacy or security at all, at least that is how they are currently feeling.

The Problem With Current Software

This puts many of us in a difficult bind. A lot of software uses the same kind of coding, which is most responsible for the vulnerabilities. For example, improper neutralization of special elements used in an SQL command. While many software developers have put protections into place, like two-step verification, or Google’s team up with FIDO Alliance to introduce a physical drive for getting past authorization requests, there is still a risk.

How can you be sure the software you use is free of vulnerabilities? There is no 100% way, because even the smallest crack can be ripped wide and exploited if found. But you can lessen the chances of this happening to you by developing your own software.

Taking Things Into Your Own Hands

Your business needs software, and it needs to be as safe as possible. By being a part of the process and developing something custom, you are putting in every effort to make sure it is safe for your customers. This can save you a lot of grief and money in the long run, because the second a vulnerability leads to a hack or leak, you can be sure the consequences will be dire. Especially if you are a small to medium sized business.

Another benefit is that a custom piece of software will have exactly what your customers (and by extension your business) needs.

Don’t leave things up to fate. The only person you can rely on is yourself and your team, so you should all be a part of the development process to ensure you have the best and safest software possible for your business.

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Aug 14

Windows XP rootkit infections

Posted in Antivirus, Avast, Microsoft
The anti-virus vendor Avast alerts that unpatched Home windows XP machines still pose a significant threat to the web ecosystem by harbouring 75 % of rootkit infections.

The organization comes with an unique understanding of the threat landscape because of over 130 million active Avast! anti-virus installations worldwide that send it adware and spyware telemetry. Based on a current analysis carried out through the firm’s scientists, 74 percent of 630,000 rootkit samples based in the wild came from from Home windows XP machines.

This rootkit infection minute rates are almost two occasions greater compared to decade-old operating system’s global usage share of 38 percent. Avast’s statistics reveal that 49 percent of their clients have XP running on the computer systems.

The amounts show the high Home windows XP infection count can’t just be described by its share of the market. “One problem with Home windows XP may be the large number of unlicensed versions, especially as customers are frequently not able to correctly update them since the software can not be validated through the Microsoft update,” stated Przemyslaw Gmerek, Avast’s leading rootkit expert.

Rootkits are serious risks simply because they function in the cheapest quantity of a operating-system, causing them to be tough to identify. For instance, some rootkits hook the file system motorists to cover malicious files.

Others even operate outdoors the OS, providing them with a lot more treatments for machine. They are known as bootkits simply because they infect a partition’s Master Boot Record (MBR) and, based on Avast, they have the effect of 62 percent of rootkit infections.

The very best MBR rootkit family is called Alureon, TDL or TDSS. The most recent variant, TDL4, is capable of doing self-propagation and may infect 64-bit versions of Home windows Vista and Home windows 7.

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Aug 14

Great Cycling Shirt from AVAST

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Last week’s post about the stylish cycling shirt caused a big stir with lots of questions, comments and also emails from people asking for a sample

For starters, an old friend called me with a proposal that his company could produce those shirts for us in Italy! Well, we need to see about the price but I certainly thank you for the tip.

Someone else suggested that we should send these shirts as a gift to other AV companies – and he suggested AVG where several top managers are cycling enthusiasts. I think this is great idea – wouldn’t that be nice advertising!

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May 3

Free Antivirus from Microsoft: Security Essentials

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Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home or small business PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

Microsoft Security Essentials is a free* download from Microsoft that is simple to install, easy to use, and is automatically updated to protect your PC with the latest technology.
Microsoft Security Essentials runs quietly and efficiently in the background so that you are free to use your Windows-based PC the way you want—without interruptions or long computer wait times.
Before installing Microsoft Security Essentials, we recommend that you uninstall other antivirus software already running on your PC. Running more than one antivirus program at the same time can potentially cause conflicts that affect PC performance.
Download Microsoft Security Essentials here …
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Apr 23

Avast discovers a new method of producing malicious PDF files

Posted in Antivirus, Avast, Security

Based on the latest Avast blog post, a new method of producing malicious PDF files has been discovered by the avast team. This method allows malicious PDF files to be unrecognized by almost all antivirus scanners.

 

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Apr 12

False Positive Issue Quick Resolution by Avast

Posted in Antivirus, Avast

Yesterday [2011-04-11] a number of my clients called in the afternoon me in regards to some antivirus related activities on their computers. Something really weird was going on on all computers. Avast was flagging most of the websites as infected. There was nothing going on the PCs and even after a ran the AVAST scan and a couple of other anti-malware scans and did  not find anything the website were kept on being blocked.

Luckily, after a definition upgrade on one of the PCs (by the way done by the CEO of the company) the issue was resolved. My clients use the Small business Server and Standard suites so the updates on the workstations was done almost within a few minutes simultaneously on all of the computers after which everything went back to normal.

It really took about a couple of hours between noticing a problem and solving it. I consider this is not as bad as it could have been.

I’m a bit surprised how quick Avast responded to the problem, solved the problem and also posted a blog describing it.

“Virus definition update 110411-1 contained an error that resulted in a good number of innocent sites being flagged as infected. Generally, all sites with a script in a specific format were affected.

Our virus lab staff discovered the problem quickly after releasing the bad update and immediately started working on a fix. The fix was released about 45 minutes after the problematic update and has version number 110411-2. Anyone who still has this problem is kindly asked to manually update the definitions to the latest version, e.g. by right-clicking the avast taskbar icon (the orange (a) ball), and selecting Update -> Engine and Virus Definitions.

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. As this typically only affected remote sites (and not local files), simply updating to the latest definitions should completely solve the issue (no local files have been quarantined).” –  Avast blog said.

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Mar 26

Malware can steal your private information

Posted in Antivirus, malware

This is not an ordinary virus and not all anti-virus programs can catch it. When this virus gets into the computer it can not be stopped.

It a new bread of virus called malware. This malware controlled by  a “cyber brain,” it gets into your computer, sets up a an environment inside of your PC, and then starts stealing your most important information.

“Even the safest surfers can be subjected to this sick scheme. One minute you’re minding your own business, the next you get a message that your computer is infected, and if you don’t pay $59.99 for what’s supposed to be Microsoft anti-virus, your computer stops working. But as one local couple found out, paying that fee doesn’t fix anything, in fact it makes matters worse.”

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