An interesting ‘IAmA’ discussion on Reddit had recently popped up by a person who proclaims himself as a malware coder and botnet operator. He explained his work as basically hacking into computers, stealing credit card & bank account details and selling them for money, huge money.
But why am I telling you about this? Because he claims that there exists not a single AntiVirus that he cannot bypass, which is really scary!
Yeah, sort of. An Antivirus software usually uses a ‘scan & match’ technique where it scans your files and matches with its (regularly updated) database of virus dictionary. But what if a malware is freshly released for which they’ve no match in their database? Bang on! You’re infected.
Although the person calls all the available Antiviruses incapable to his attacks, he did mention that Kaspersky is the toughest of them to crack in. He also advised to read Kaspersky’s blog to stay updated about new threats. Wondering why should one believe him? Because only a hacker can best guide you to stay secure from people like ‘him’.
There you go, I’ve lost faith in my current AV and I’m now planning to move on Kaspersky which has just released its latest product, Kaspersky ONE Universal Security– for protecting all your gadgets – Desktops (Win/Mac), Android phones and even tablets with a single license!
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Important Tips to Stay Secure Online
The hacker also shared several tips to stay secure while using the internet, among which some are really important:
- Stop downloading pirated stuff from Warez websites and UseNet, specially 0day materials . They might be back-doored with botnets and other malwares.
- Don’t download any email attachment ending in .exe format.
- Don’t follow links on Facebook that lead to strange domains.
- Use your smartphone/tablet for shopping. There is not a single Android or iOS malware yet on the market that can steal your info.
- Keep your copy of Windows regularly updated.
Protip: Keep your Browser Secure
Plugins like flash, java etc., in malicious websites are the second most used technique to spread malware. The best way is to disable them and run only when needed:
Chrome Settings > Show advanced settings > (Privacy) Content Settings > Plug-ins
You can manually run the blocked content any time by clicking them.
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