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Even if you’re following all of our tips to keep your digital hardware protected, it’s possible you could still fall victim to malware. If you’re worried about your system getting infected keep your eye out for some of the common signs, like unexpected crashes, a slow system, excessive hard drive activity, strange windows, peculiar messages, bad program activity, random network activity, erratic email, a blacklisted IP address and unexpected antivirus disabling. If you notice one of these warning signs happening, or if you’re just looking to stay guarded against an attack, we recommend running a security scan. This will keep you on top of any potential hazards your computer may be up against.
You’re already aware of the threats you’re up against online, but have you considered the possible need to ward off attacks on your removable devices? These devices, like your USB sticks, could easily fall under attack without your knowledge. Following simple steps like configuring your OS to avoid running anything from USBs, keeping your OS updated, avoiding the copying of executable files and keeping your personal and work drives separate should keep you safe.
We’re pleased to announce Kaspersky Internet Security was recently awarded first place and received AV-Comparatives’ highest Advanced + award in a four month test conducted by independent researchers. AV-Comparatives is one of the most authoritative international testing organizations, and has repeatedly been offered high awards by IT experts for the methodology it uses to test products. Kaspersky Lab’s mission is to keep all users free from cyber security fears, so we’re proud to be able to offer the most secure solution available to our consumers.
Kaspersky Internet Security recently showed 100% efficiency in blocking Zero-day threats in a two-month long test conducted by the independent lab AV-Test. Zero-day threats are the most effective way for attackers to infect your computer. In this type of attack, hackers will go after unpatched vulnerabilities in your system and then turn around and sell any found exploits for tens of thousands of dollars. However, you can feel safer if you’re using KIS, knowing it blocked 100% of Zero-day threats during testing and scored 16.5 points out of a possible 18 for its protection capabilities, performance and usability.
Kaspersky Lab has officially released its new 2014 versions of Kaspersky Anti-Virus and Kaspersky Internet Security. Both products include new features, like proprietary ZETA Shield antivirus technology (which performs an in-depth scan of data files to identify exploits and malware that may hide deep inside your system), and the all-new Trusted Applications mode, and they also include enhancements to existing technologies like Automatic Exploit Prevention technology and Safe Money. You can purchase both products via Kaspersky Lab’s online store, or if you’re a current customer, you can upgrade free of charge from your previous version for the remainder of your existing license period.
Botnets are common tools now being used by attackers to commit cybercrimes, which allow them to engage millions of computers at once, making it much more difficult for authorities to find a source. The terrifying thing is, your computer could be engaged in a botnet attack without you even noticing. Activities like spamming, fraud, the distribution of malware, or the downloading and watching of illegal content could all be happening through your device without your knowledge. Using a dedicated security software is your best bet against this type of attack, so be sure you’re keeping yourself guarded.