With the US presidential election set to capture the world’s attention in 2020, claims of election meddling and manipulation are guaranteed in the coming year, according to ESET’s latest trends report. Along with poll manipulation, Cybersecurity Trends 2020: Technology is getting smarter – are we? explores the predictions of experts from the global cybersecurity firm, revealing the key challenges expected to impact consumers and businesses in 2020.
Trend #1: The fog of fake
How can people who didn’t grow up with technology protect themselves against some of the most common types of online fraud? The conventional thinking is that many aging people tend to be at a higher risk of falling prey to scam artists than their children or grandchildren. Regardless of whether the increased susceptibility of seniors to fraud is true or not, older people in the United States alone are swindled out of some US$3 billion a year via various types of schemes, incl
Experts weigh in on whether schools should teach kids the skills they need to safely reap the benefits of the online world With education being one of the key factors in everyone’s life, the education system of any country seeks to provide children not only with elementary competencies, but also equip them with at least some of the skills that they’ll need to successfully navigate their daily lives. In our technology-infused era, then, there’s a strong argument for including
ESET researchers discover a trojanized Tor Browser that cybercriminals use to steal bitcoins from darknet market buyers ESET researchers have discovered a campaign, running unnoticed for many years, that distributed a trojanized version of the official Tor Browser package, using it to spy on its users and steal bitcoins from them. “This malware lets the criminals behind this campaign see what website the victim is currently visiting. In theory, they can change the content of
Do you think it’s you who is in control of your computer? And, if your answer is “yes,” are you sure you are the only one who can control it?
Out of all possible computer threats, the most dangerous are those capable of taking full control over the computer. Outstanding among these are the so-called firmware rootkits. Firmware is the code that governs the process of booting a computer’s system.
Naturally, if malicious components in the firmware give the go-ahead to the ma
October is European Cyber Security Month (ECSM), a time to focus on raising awareness of cybersecurity threats and educating people on how to protect themselves online. The first theme for this year’s campaign is Cyber Hygiene, so in celebration of ECSM 2019, we’re giving you eight top tips for maintaining healthy and secure systems. Before we get into that, though, what is cyber hygiene? Cyber hygiene refers to the proactive strategy that all computer users should develop in
October is upon us, reminding us to make choices every day that will scare cybersecurity threats away For many, October is a month of ghosts and ghouls, witches and wizards, pirates and pumpkins. After all, it culminates in the scariest day of the year – Halloween. However, it's time not only to prepare for all things spooky. Far from it. October is also a month dedicated to a subject that, if ignored, can be far scarier than any trick-or-treater knocking on the door – cybers
ESET, a global leader in cybersecurity, has achieved Champion status for the first time in Canalys Cybersecurity Leadership Matrix 2019. Canalys is a leading global technology market analyst firm with a distinct channel focus; it strives to guide clients on the future of the technology industry and to think beyond the business models of the past. Their Cybersecurity Leadership Matrix assessed 15 cybersecurity vendors on their global channel performance over the past 12 months
Two years ago on the 12th of May 2017, the now infamous WannaCry ransomware attack struck IT systems in 150 countries around the world. Affecting around 200,000 computers across a diverse range of sectors, from Spain’s telecoms sector to commercial websites and schools, the malware encrypted users’ files and then demanded a ransom, causing unprecedented havoc. While this caused real concern around the world, the National Health Service [NHS] in the United Kingdom came to a st
ESET Security Evangelist Tony Anscombe takes you through his tips and tricks for business cybersecurity. Business Cybersecurity Tips & Tricks - 2FA To add a layer of security to any online platform, a username and password are generally required. However, additional safety has become a must. The use of 2FA - two factor authentication, has become best practice, when protecting anything mildly important. This second factor, is an additional code generated from something physica