11 Best and Worst Antivirus 2018-2019 for Mac users

The users of MacOS are increasing fast, and accordingly, there is emerging threat of malware on this platform. However, there is nothing to worry as near about eight antivirus programs have been found to protect Mac platform. AV-Test (Germany-based lab) made an evaluation on nine Mac home antivirus programs, and found them safe, except Comodo which was found to be insecure.

AV-Test conducts an assessment of different antivirus programs for Windows, MacOS and Android on a periodic basis. This time again, the evaluation was conducted in an organized manner, and it was revealed that Mac too needs an antivirus software. In the past, it was doubtful that whether Mac needs any antivirus protection or not. However, in 2017, AV-Test discovered more than 12 million attacks on MacOS, along with 38,000 fresh Mac malware samples. An individual who opts for Mac, and ignores the use of any antivirus product will certainly get into trouble on account of unavoidable and expensive repairs.

As per the evaluations made for MacOS, the best antivirus products are:
Avast Security
Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac
Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac
Sophos Home
Norton Security
Trend Micro Antivirus

All got satisfactory scores. Near about 514 pieces of Mac malware were captured by them, and so, you can feel relaxed once you have installed these programs on your system. Conversely, Comodo antivirus program captured barely 38.1 percent of Mac malicious software. AV-Test termed this performance at totally unsatisfactory. On the other hand, Intego Mac Security X9 10.9 was found to be 99.4 percent efficient and F-Secure Safe 17.0 got 93.8 percent efficacy. Both these antivirus products were somewhat safe, being near to 100 percent, but were doubtful on account of their higher margin of inaccuracy.

Furthermore, the scanning of all these antivirus products by AV-Test revealed that they are the genuine programs. AV-Test also found the Mac antivirus programs (business-oriented), namely ESET Endpoint Security, McAfee Endpoint Security, Sentinel One Next Generation Endpoint Security and Sophos Central Endpoint all safe and acceptable.

The above-mentioned findings based on AV-Test evaluation projected all the 8 home based antivirus programs as safe, expect Comodo which was not accepted and recommended for MacOS. It, is, therefore, recommended that one should apply some common sense while using any of these antivirus programs for MacOS protection. Don’t go in a hurry, otherwise, you will get nothing but only loss of time and money.

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Is your Huawei phone spying on you?

The US intelligence community has made recommendations that the Chinese Huawei phones existing in the US market are posing a serious threat to the country’s top-secret intelligence. In a meeting held this Tuesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee including the director of national intelligence, and eminent heads of the CIA, the FBI who made the recommendations. As reported by CNBC, they also warned the US citizens to stop themselves from using the gadgets marketed by Chinese-made Huawei and ZTE.

The FBI Director Chris Wray stated that the US govt was seriously thinking about the risks involving the entry of a foreign-based telecommunications company in the US market that doesn’t contribute to their standards. They are suspected to gain powerful positions inside their telecommunications systems. He further warned that this would grant them the power to transform or steal their secret information, and even go for unnoticed spying.

It is pertinent to mention there these kinds of warnings are not a new thing. In the past too, the US intelligence community was aware of the possible threats, since Huawei established by a former worker China’s People’s Liberation Army was depicted to be the Chinese govt’s agent by the US officials. As a result, the bidding for Huawei for the US government contracts got banned in 2014. Because of this development, the company’s entry into the US consumer electronics is unsure and challenging.

No doubt, Huawei initiated its business as a telecoms company building hardware for communications, the firm’s Smartphones thronged the entire consumer items market successfully. Even, it outshined the topmost Apple and Samsung Smartphones. However, the company was a total failure in getting reorganization in the US, primarily on account of opposition from the US govt.

Even last month, Huawei intended to enter the US market by launching its new Mate 10 Pro mobile, but the deal was pulled out at the last minute, largely due to political pressure. Because of this unforeseen incident, Huawei’s CEO Richard Yu portrayed the move as a huge loss both for the company as well the consumers. The efforts for the launching of Mate 10 seem to be uncertain now, and acting desperately, the company in now resorting to practices like getting users to write down fake reviews for its new Mate 10 Pro mobile.

Furthermore, the lawmakers in the US are even considering passing a bill in the next senate meeting that would impose a total ban and restrictions on the usage of Huawei and ZTE phones by the govt employees. The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Richard Burr said that it is beyond any doubt that the Chinese telecoms like Huawei and ZTE are the arms of the Chinese government.

In reply to the above-mentioned developments, Huawei’s spokesman told CNBC that it is very unfortunate that the US govt agencies are not allowing Huawei’s telecom business in the US market. Huawei is a well-known telecom brand, and it has gained an excellent reputation in more than 170 countries worldwide. This is mainly because of the highly- developed, safe and secure products marketed by Huawei.


Top Antivirus 2018-2019 for Android Mobiles and Tablets

The Android platform on the Google Play store has been often targeted by malware across the world. Consequently, the need for antivirus programs is considered very important in order to protect Android users on this particular platform.

AV-TEST, an autonomous security institute, regularly conducts tests in order to find out the most secure apps coupled with the best malware protection on Google’s Android platform. As per the new research carried out by AV-Test, different application solutions were considered for an evaluation with Google’s own Play Protect. The main aim of the research was to determine the genuineness of the third-party solutions.

As per the evaluation results, Google’s Play Protect got a low score below to one’s expectations. All other security solutions gave a satisfactory score, although some of them gave a low- performance score. On the Android platform, the six different security solutions which got the highest score included, Bitdefender, Cheetah Mobile, Sophos, Norton, and Trend Micro. These security solutions ranked well and all of them got a 100% score on the evaluation based on their usability, performance, and other related features. McAfee and Tencent got a 99.9 percent score, while Ahn Lab, Avast, and G Data got a 99.8 percent score.

The result further revealed that on an average, Android security tools were efficient in detecting 95.7 percent of the latest Android malware in real-time. Other findings of the AV-TEST showed that F-Secure’s SAFE security solution (Android) got the lowest ranking score with merely 2.5 points for protection and 6 points for usability purposes. This score was regardless of the security features that are considered to be very important for an Android platform.

Another interesting fact is that Google’s own anti-malware shield in its Play store was able to identify only 65.8 percent of the latest Android malware in real-time.

Unfortunately, Google’s Play Protect was the only product that was unable to get any kind of approval from AV-TEST.

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Crypto wallet was hacked by T-Mobile Phone Scam

Man loses $20k, Phone number, crypto-wallets hacked, T-Mobile US held responsible

A man from Washington who lost all of his crypto-coins has filed a suit against T-Mobile USA after the hackers were able to defraud his phone number. Even, the ‘PIN’ was ignored, for which T-Mobile has already put out an alert service.

Carlos Tapang approached the US state's western district court, and pleaded that the T-Mobile violated America's Federal Communications Act. The miscreants, in November last year, were able to get control of his phone number because of the huge lapse of security services by T-Mobile USA. Unfortunately, the strangers were able to take over his cryptocurrency wallets fraudulently. On account of this mischief, he lost thousands of dollars drained by them in digital money.

As per complaint made by Tapang, the mischief happened on November 7 last year when some unidentified person approached T-Mobile and asked the mobile company to move his (Tapang’s) number to a gadget on AT&T's network. Without verifying any details or asking for a PIN to approve the transfer of mobile number, Tapang claimed that T-Mobile is responsible for the entire security lapse. He asked the telecom co. that for what reason telco staff simply authorized the number port as requested by the miscreant. Surprisingly, AT&T assigned his mobile number to the criminals, without following the required US federal communication act.

It has been further alleged that the hackers fraudulently utilized the mobile number to reset his (Tapang’s) online cryptocurrency accounts password which was related to that number. After that, they accessed his cryptocurrency account, took a control over his wallet and moved his funds to an unidentified location.

Tapang's suit claims the stolen currency amounted to 2.875 Bit coins (approximately $20,350). The criminals converted his 1,000 OmiseGo (OMG) tokens and 19.6 Bit Connect coins into BTC illegally.

To conclude with, we must say that Tapang is not the only person whose mobile number was stolen via a falsified port-out application. In the past too, many persons have reported thefts in their wallet accounts. In order to provide assistance, T-Mobile USA has set up a website to handle these issues. Furthermore, consumers are told to set up a secure PIN to safeguard their numbers.

However, Tapang claims that T-Mob protection policy is hopeless. The telco falls short to need the PIN and permitted his number to be transferred without any verification. In this situation, the mobile network has been accused of carelessness, and for that reason, fully responsible for the hack.

The legal suit stated that T-Mobile has totally failed to implement safeguard policies regarding the conception and verification of user credentials for approved customers accessing mobile wallet accounts, thereby, leading to unfair trade practices. Moreover, T-Mob has failed to guarantee that only approved persons have such access and that customer accounts are safe and secure.

The defendants T-Mobile USA, however, did not made any comments on the legal suit.


The Best Free & Paid Antivirus for 2018-2019 are...

As per the most recent AV-Test evaluations, Bitdefender, Kaspersky Lab, and Trend Micro managed and continued to get the top rank in the list. As expected, the same trend has been maintained by these home antivirus programs running on Windows 10 OS. Considering other antivirus programs, Microsoft Windows Defender and McAfee too improved their rankings. In the past year, they got a lower ranking in comparison to this year.

AV-Test is a Madgeburg, Germany-based testing lab. They make evaluations for the home antivirus programs (Windows, Mac, and Android) in a shot interval of few months. The position of Windows 10 is clear in all aspects, and Bitdefender and Kaspersky topped the ranking as per the assessments made.

The assessments further revealed that that both the Windows Defender and McAfee have improved a lot, and they got good ranking on account of an improved and better protection offered by them. AV-Test conducts the evaluation of an anti-virus program’s protection on the basis of a device’s reaction against flaws. The other things that are equally considered include the performance of the system, a computer’s running capacity, and its accessibility as per the interface and navigation. Each category gets six points as per the assessments made. Furthermore, a “Top Product” badge is awarded by AV-test to any program that attains the score of 18.

This year, the “Top Product” badge was awarded to seven contenders - AhnLab V3 Internet Security 9.0, Bitdefender Internet Security 22.0, Kaspersky Lab Internet Security 18.0, McAfee Internet Security 20.5, Trend Micro Internet Security 12.0, VIPRE Advanced Security 10.1 and Avira Antivirus Pro 15.0. All these antivirus programs excelled well in getting top marks. Another interesting thing is that there wasn’t, any any contender that got low score this time, excluding ESET Internet Security 11.0 who got the lowest score of 15.

The antivirus programs that got the similar ratings are Avast Free Antivirus 17.7 & 17.8, AVG Internet Security 17.7 & 17.8, Bull Guard Internet Security 18.0, Comodo Internet Security Premium 10.0, F-Secure Safe 17, G Data Internet Security 25.4, K7 Computing Total Security 15.1, Microsoft Windows Defender 4.12, Micro World eScan Internet Security Suite 14.0, Norton Security 22.11, Panda Security Free Antivirus 1.0 and PC Pit stop PC Matic 3.0. All the assessments were made by AV-Test in an organized manner.

The most considerable part of the AV-Test evaluation method is that they have projected Windows Defender as a good security program. Interestingly, Windows Defender achieved this good ranking in comparison to its low ranking this year. Another good point is that Windows 10 OS is pretty resistant, and all the anti-virus programs work well on it.

To conclude with, we can say, if you would like to utilize an antivirus program on Windows 10, make sure you choose the best program as per your preference and budget.

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Free Bitdefender VPN for Windows, Android, macOS and iOS

The new and free version of Bitdefender VPN encrypts your internet connection and provides you complete anonymity when you browsing online.

The free version will be built-in of the Bitdefender security line, with up to 200MB per day, and with the Premium version you can get unlimited traffic per device. 

Bitdefender VPN compatible with Windows, Android and macOS/iOS will coming soon.

The free Bitdefender VPN will be available for all users by February 7th, free download and upgrades will be available soon on the manufacturer's official website.

VPN connection is an excellent solution to secure your network, especially when you are using public Wi-Fi in places such as: airport, hotels, restaurants and more.


100,000 Apps Developers Were banned By Google

Last year, approximately 700,000 Android apps were removed by Google from the Google Play Store. The statistics made available by Andrew Ahn, Product Manager, Google Play revealed that this indicates an increase of 70% over 2016. According to Ahn, nearly 99% of the abusive apps were identified by the Google’s own filters. Subsequently, these apps were blocked earlier than users were permitted to download them. 

Ahn says that this was possible through their capability to identify abusive apps, and major developments such as impersonation, improper content, or malware. It was made possible through innovative machine learning techniques.

Furthermore, 100,000 developers were got banned last year, and Google discovered three different kinds of applications that were attempting to enter into the Google Play store despite violating Google’s strict policies.

"Malicious apps" are identified as the impersonators, which copycat well-known apps in an endeavor to trap users so that they should download them on their gadgets. The malicious apps carry out this by trying to enter in impersonating apps to the Play Store through unreliable methods. The common techniques utilized by them feature conceivable Unicode characters or hiding impersonating app icons in a different setting. The Google manager Ahn says that more than a quarter of millions of such apps were got blocked all together last year.

The Apps that create improper content is another major problem. Google makes clear that as they support content like pornography, intense violence, disgust, and illegitimate activities, tens of thousands of such apps that go down in this group were blocked by the Google Play Store detection methods.

However, in the last year, Google made all efforts to cut the number of Potentially Harmful Applications (PHAs) by more than 50 percent. These apps have the ability to run malicious activities like carrying outing SMS fraud, phishing user’s details, or behaving as Trojans. The PHAs are risky to Android users and Google is trying its best in keeping them away from the Google Play Store.

Because of the major threats faced last year, Google assures to raise its focus on safety measures this year. The main aim of Google is to make Google Play as the most reliable and secure app store in the world.


US army bases secret location disclosed by Fitness tracking app Strava

Exercise routes data shared online by soldiers can be utilized to identify overseas facilities.

US army secret location disclosed by Strava

A fitness tracking company Strava has disclosed the secret information about the location of US military bases and detective stations around the world. The features were released by Strava in its fitness tracking app, along with a data revelation map demonstrating all the activity tracked by its users.  The app further allocated people to trace their exercise and share it with other people.

According to the map released in November 2017 by Strava, it illustrated every particular activity uploaded with in excess of 3 trillion individual GPS data points. The benefits of the fitness tracking app feature its utilization on a range of gadgets including Smartphones and fitness trackers.  The users can make out popular running routes in the main cities. Moreover, they can also witness individuals who got themselves indulged in atypical exercise patterns.

The military analysts had also noticed that the map disclosed exceedingly sensitive information about the military personnel on active service (Strava users). An analyst with the Institute for United Conflict Analysts, Nathan Ruser, noticed the map and revealed that US military bases are clearly spotted in it.  In the event, if soldiers make use of the app like ordinary individuals during their exercise, it could be very risky.

An analyst Tobias Schneider revealed that if US military bases light up the night in Syria, then some light indicators over recognized Russian positions can be seen sitting through lectures till the morning. In places like Afghanistan and Djibouti, the app users were mostly the foreign-based military personnel, denoting that that the military bases stand out intensely. In Afghanistan’s Helmand territory, one can easily distinguish the locations of forward operating military bases.  

The tracking of the exercise routes of several soldiers revealed that zooming in on one of the larger military bases discloses its inside layout. The base is not detectable on the Google Maps or Apple’s Maps; however, it can be clearly noticed through the Strava fitness app. In the outer zones, the secret information of the bases can be easily gathered.  For example, in a chart of Homey Airport, Nevada, Area 51(the US Air Force base) traces a single-handed cyclist taking a ride from the base by the side of the west edge of Groom Lak. This tracking has been marked on the map by a red line. On the other hand, RAF Mount Pleasant situated in the Falkland Islands is lit up intensely on the map. All these maps depicted the jogging organizations of the British personnel near to the Gull Island Pond and Lake Macphee.

In 2017, Strava released an updated version of the heat map formerly published in 2015. As per the updated version, it incorporated six times more data and altogether 1 billion activities from all Strava data. Their global heat map was stated to be largest and most striking dataset of its categories.  Strava displayed that the new heat map was sufficient to make out the kite boarding in Mexico. Furthermore, one can be able to follow the directions of the Camino de Santiago (northern Spain) and also observe the sea direction of the Ironman triathalon in Kona, Hawaii.

Possibly the closest operational security issues noticed was the outline of the Burning Man festival (Nevadan desert).  The company expresses gratitude to the cyclists and runners who utilized Starve fitness app to travel around the distinctive pentagonal pattern of Burning Man’s pop-up city that was clearly illustrated in the Heat map.