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Congrats Webroot on your Av-Comparatives October performance score
Yet another congratulations to the Webroot organization for a job well done in the october edition of av-comparatives performance tests.99.8%.Simply the best.You can view the report for yourself [url=http://www.av-comparatives.org/images/docs/avc_per_201210_en.pdf]here[/url]
Killer Malware, Literally
How's this for a bit of Thursday morning news? At this year's Ruxcon BreakPoint Security Conference in Melbourne, researcher Barnaby Jack demonstrated how a laptop-wielding hacker could, from a 50 foot distance, remotely hack a victim's pacemaker and deliver a deadly 830-volt shock (for the record, it was a video and Jack didn't actually kill anyone :D) That being said, this is seriously terrifying. The purpose was to raise awareness so that these medical device manufacturers actually do something to "up" the security on the products they make. Jack also went ahead to "demonstrate how he could re-write the devices' onboard firmware" and warned how "hackers could upload malicious firmware to servers that would be capable of infecting pacemakers and ICD's." While the FDA focuses on how effective these medical devices are, it doesn't take the time out to inspect the code. The result is malware-stricken medical equipment. Couple that with the fact that the majori
WSA android premium stays in Google play account
Hello, First of all I am aware that the issue I am going to explain here doesn't primarily belong to Webroot. It is rather Google's issue. Anyway maybe somebody experienced the same problem and might shed more light on how to solve it. I had installed Android Premier Paid. I switched my license to Complete two days ago by the following steps. 1) I uninstalled Premium 2) Downloaded Complete from the Google play, installed and activated Looking into installed applications in my HTC, I see there only Complete being installed, no mentions about Premier. That's alright. However looking into Google play account there is Premier as being installed and requiring update or uninstalling. Please see below snap: [img]https://d1qy7qyune0vt1.cloudfront.net/webroot-en/attachment/676i226F95AAE27F9849.jpg[/img] If I uninstall Premier, it is back within a few minutes. If I start updating, it is downloading Premier to my HTC what I cancelled immediately because I don
Oracle Java SE Critical Patch Update Advisory - October 2012
[b]Description[/b] A Critical Patch Update is a collection of patches for multiple security vulnerabilities. The Critical Patch Update for Java SE also includes non-security fixes. Critical Patch Updates are cumulative and each advisory describes only the security fixes added since the previous Critical Patch Update and Security Alert. Thus, prior Critical Patch Update and Security Alert advisories should be reviewed for information regarding earlier accumulated security fixes. Please refer to: [url=http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/javacpuoct2012-1515924.html#PatchTable]Full Article[/url] Also here to download the new version [url=http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/jre7u9-downloads-1859586.html]Java SE 7u9[/url] [i][b]TH[/b][/i]
Steam url protocol vulnerability
Found the following new article on [url=http://www.pcworld.com/article/2012128/researchers-steam-url-protocol-can-be-abused-to-exploit-game-vulnerabilities.html]PCWorld[/url] As quite a few of us are gamers,this is something worth looking at.I,however,do not have steam anything on my pc as i have known for quite some time about it's numerous vulnerabilities.I would assume most of us are covered with WSA anyways,but it's definitely worth a look.
Webroot is on the Facebook AV Marketplace!
Hi All, I'm excited to announce that Webroot is now officially part of Facebook's recently [url=http://on.fb.me/RyNTDM]revamped AV Marketplace[/url]! Why is this great? Now, any of Facebook's 1 billion plus users can download a free 6-month trial of Webroot's award-winning SecureAnywhere Antivirus and protect themselves against an array of online security threats such as viruses, phishing, malicious websites, ID theft, and other malware. Also, when a user clicks on a Facebook newsfeed that leads to a malicious website, Webroot will notify them that the site is known to be malicious. Cybercriminals are always looking for new ways to exploit users and companies. As Facebook continues to grow and evolve, the updated AV Marketplace will undoubtedly help them do it much more safely and help users feel comfortable going about their daily social media routines. From Joe Sullivan, Facebook's Chief Security Officer: [i]"Today we are excited to announce the add
Webroot Releases SecureAnywhere 2013 Product Line
[img]https://d1qy7qyune0vt1.cloudfront.net/webroot-en/attachment/640iDB4FD1F0A4C2F2A2.png[/img] A new year means a new and improved SecureAnywhere product from Webroot! Believe it or not, as small as the SecureAnywhere 2012 product was, we’ve managed to shrink our installation size, installation time, and startup time for the new product. So now, customers get a crazy small, crazy light, and crazy fast security product with an array of added features and even stronger protection! So what’s new? Let’s start with the product offerings themselves. [list=1] [*]Our PC Mag Editors’ Choice-toting Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus 2013 returns packed with all the great features from the 2012 product plus added Mac Support, Firewall, antiphishing protection, and the powerful Identity Shield. Simply put, it’s the best value in antivirus protection. [*]Formerly Webroot SecureAnywhere Essentials, our mid product has been reworked, refreshed, and renamed. Now
Adobe Air 188.8.131.5210
Do not know how many people here use this,but noticed this update today [url=http://www.adobe.com/go/EN_US-H-GET-AIR]adobe air update[/url] We all know the importance about keeping your software patched and up to date,especially adobe and java as they are frequent vectors for attack via exploits.
Zeus is in the news again, and yet another malware delivering spam campaign to watch out for...
Hello Webroot Community, Dan from Webroot’s Threat Research Team here. As malware researchers, we are often asked about malware threats that appear in news articles and blog posts. This week has been no different. An article about the Zeus Trojan appeared in a publication for Online Retailers, and a new spam campaign impersonating Skype has been sighted as well. If you are running Webroot SecureAnywhere, we have you protected, and you need not worry about these threats. Those of you that read our [url=http://blog.webroot.com/2012/09/07/cybercriminals-abuse-skypes-sms-sending-feature-release-diy-sms-flooders/]Webroot Threat Blog[/url] know that our Blogger Dancho Danchev has been following SMS flooders using Skype among other apps that can be used to send SMS messages for a while now. Now we’re seeing reports of spam emails claiming that you have a new voicemail on Skype. Zeus is a threat that we’re quite familiar with, and our protection against it is excellent. Webroot SecureAn
Stay Safe: Downgrade your Firefox (for now)!
Just a day after rolling out Firefox 16, Mozilla pulled it from the installer page due to a security vulnerability that allow "a malicious site to potentially determine which websites users have visited", accordingly to Mozilla. The company also said that only a limited number of users have been affected and that no users had been upgraded automatically to Firefox 16. A fix is in the works and is expected to be implemented today, according to Michael Coates, Mozilla's director of security assurance. While there's "no indication" that this vulnerability is currently being exploited, users who upgraded can downgrade back down to 15.0.1 and will be automatically upgraded when the new version is fixed and made available again. You can read the full story [url=http://bbc.in/Rd6R2y]here.[/url]
What do hacking and My Little Pony have in common?
Quite a bit more than you think, actually. Say hello to "Pinkie Pie", a 19 year-old hacker who just won $60,000 for overthrowing Google Chrome's security...twice. The first time around, Pinkie put together at least six different bug exploits in order to sneak by Google's sophisticated defense perimeter at the first installment of the Google-sponsored Pwnium, a contest that offered $1 million in prizes to people who could crack Chrome. The second installment of Pwnium ended yesterday at the Hack in the Box 2012 security conference in Malaysia. There, for the second time, Pinkie, (or is Mr. Pie more appropriate?), exploited two vulnerabilities to solidify his prize, according to Chris Evans, a Google software engineer. Now this is a good (and not too common) example of hacking being used for a good cause. In this case, not only did Google thank and pay Pinkie for his efforts, but more importantly, they were able to patch up the vulnerabilities and release the
Infection rates on certain Windows machines up significantly from last year
According to a freshly-published informationweek story, the latest Microsoft Security Intelligence Report's findings show that malware infections on Windows 7 SP1 and Windows XP SP3 machines drastically increased while Vista SP2 machines infections plummeted compared to the last quarter of 2011. So what's causing this sudden infection rise? For Windows XP SP3, which saw infections decline for several quarters, the increase can likely be attributed to the Dorkbot worm infection as well as the Pluzoks Trojan, which is active in South Korea (where XP is still the most widely-used OS). For Windows 7 SP1, the likely cause of the infection spike is a combination of a growing user base (new users w/lower degree of security awareness), an increase in social engineering attacks using keygen, plus the Blacole exploit kit and recent Adobe vulnerabilities. You can check out the full article [url=http://bit.ly/QbunOA]here[/url]. I suggest you do as it has some great numbers and
AV-Comparatives and Our Unique Approach
Today, the most recent [url=http://www.av-comparatives.org/comparativesreviews/detection-test/238-file-detection-test-october-2012]AV-Comparatives File Detection report [/url]was released. While the results were disappointing to see on paper, they were not surprising to those of us on the Webroot team. To help clear up any confusion, we’d like to again share our thoughts on why our approach is difficult to compare in reports like this. The latest AV-Comparatives report is an on-demand detection test of a specific set of files that evaluates whether or not a particular security solution has a signature for those files. Signature-based detection is [b]not[/b] the only measure of a solution’s efficacy in protecting a user from threats, however. While Webroot’s [url=http://www.webroot.com/En_US/consumer-products-secureanywhere-antivirus.html]SecureAnywhere[/url] solution does leverage signature files in the cloud as part of its detection capabilities, those are not the primary security
"Fearless Felix" prepping for record-breaking supersonic skydive-live stream
Here's something to brighten up a gloomy Tuesday morning! Austria's Felix Baumgartner-[i] I'd call him today's Evel Knievel[/i]-is getting ready to go up 120,000 feet so he can attempt the longest skydive in history! Felix will make his space capsule ascent in the two ton, 55 story balloon .Check out the live stream below. It's about to start (I think)! [url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/oct/09/felix-baumgartner-sky-jump-live]http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/oct/09/felix-baumgartner-sky-jump-live[/url] Update-The event is called off for today due to wind gusts; possibly to try again tomorrow, weather permitting. [i]"Once they started inflating the balloon it began to be whipped in the wind and it became apparent that full inflation would be impossible.[/i] [i]Whoa, gusty winds are taking that balloon down now," said the Red Bull announcer. "That's going to be a problem. There's the decision. Abort the attempt.[/i] [i]"That's the decision. This is goi
Webroot at RSA Europe 2012!
This week is the RSA Europe conference this week in London. [b]Are you?[/b] Webroot's very own blog superstar, Dancho Danchev, is presenting on [b]"Cyber Jihad and Cyberterrorism"[/b] on Thursday, October 11th. A hot topic and Danchev provides some unique perspective. [url=http://blog.webroot.com/2012/10/08/upcoming-webroot-presentation-on-cyber-jihad-and-cyberterrorism-at-rsa-europe-2012/]Here is an overview of his presentation.[/url] If you're attending, be sure to stop by and say hello! See the full RSA agenda [url=http://www.rsaconference.com/events/2012/europe/agenda.htm?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=webpage&utm_campaign=EUAgenda]here[/url] and stay tuned in to the action by following [b]#RSAC[/b] on Twitter.
U.S. Businesses-More cybercrime attacks, more money lost
For today's eye-opening fact, I present to you a number....42. Why is it important, you ask? The number 42 represents the percent increase form last year of successful cybercrime attacks against U.S. businesses according to the "2012 Cost of Cyber Crime Study" conducted by Ponemon Institute and sponsored by HP. As the number of attacks go up, consequently so does the amount spent on defending against them. Here are some key points and numbers from the article, which can be found [url=http://bit.ly/Q96JCs]here[/url] in it's entirety. [list] [*]In 2012, cybercrime costs businesses a whopping $8.9 million a year. That's 6% more expensive than 2011 and [b]38%[/b] more than 2010! [*]56 businesses were profiled in the study-[b]collectively[/b] they reported seeing [b]102 successful attacks[/b] per week on average- up from 72 last year, and 50 in 2010 ([b]Individually[/b], it's [b]1.8 successful attacks[/b] per week). [*]It's taking business longer to respond to security
World of Warcraft Characters Slain by Hackers
Earlier today hackers attacked World of Warcraft realms and used an exploit to kill virtual player and non-player characters in major capital cities such as Orgrimmar and Stormwind within the game. Blizzard Entertainment apologized to players and is taking the disruptive action very seriously. They are conducting an investigation on the attack which apparently began on Sunday and say that it has been hotfixed and non-repeatable. I would be upset if I paid a monthly fee for a Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) and my characters were killed by hackers! Let us know if you feel the same and if you have a favorite MMORPG. :D [b][url=http://www.slashgear.com/world-of-warcraft-city-deaths-patched-while-murderer-roams-free-08250899/]You can read the full article here.[/url][/b]
Adobe Flash Player 11.4.402.287
Adobe Flash Player v11.4.402.287 - October 8, 2012 [url=http://www.adobe.com/software/flash/about/]Click here to check your version [/url]and [url=http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/otherversions/]Here to Download [/url]make sure you uncheck any unwanted add-ons and download both the one for IE and the other for other Browsers such as Firefox & Opera plugins! [i][b]TH[/b][/i]
My Community Password Keeps "Expiring"
Hi, I hope this is the right place to post about this problem. I joined the Community a couple of months ago, but my password seems to keep expiring. I have things set to remember my log-in details; and for the most part this works. However on two occasions now auto sign-in has not occurred and when I choose to sign-in and manually enter my details, I am told the password does not exist. Each time I have requested a password reset e-mail and this has allowed me to enter a new password. Do the passwords automatically expire after a certain time or am I missing something here? Thanks in advance!
How secure are your internet passwords?
I could go into the details, but I believe this infographic really says it all. Plus, you can just read the full article [url=http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2410607,00.asp]here[/url]. Enjoy... [img]https://d1qy7qyune0vt1.cloudfront.net/webroot-en/attachment/612i431D980D0BF835C7.jpg[/img]
Webroot wins Editors' Choice again!
[b]This just in! Webroot's VP of Global Communications, Genevieve Haldeman, passed along some great news![/b] Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus 2013 just received an Editors' Choice Award with 4.5 stars – AGAIN! We join Norton and BitDefender as the only Editors' Choice winners so far in this year’s round of reviews. The entire review is available online [url=http://bit.ly/VlR6fm]on PCMag.com[/url], but here are a few highlights: • An Excellent Choice Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus 2013 gives you speedy scanning and excellent malware blocking in a ridiculously small package. The whole product would fit on a 3.5" diskette, if you could find one. Its detection technology differs greatly from virtually all the competition, but it sure seems to work. The only worry I can think of is that a new, unknown threat might not be properly contained during the time it takes Webroot to analyze it online, and I can't say I have any evidence that could happen. Webroot
Take Webroot's "What Modern-Day Threat Would You Be?" Quiz!
[img]https://d1qy7qyune0vt1.cloudfront.net/webroot-en/attachment/596i20EA51C2AD898330.png[/img] [b]Whether you use a Mac, PC, or a mobile device, Webroot protects you from the vulnerabilities of today's digital world. This is your chance to have a little fun and see what security threat you would be![/b] [url=https://www.facebook.com/Webroot?ref=tn_tnmn#!/Webroot/app_112738958944]What Modern-Day Threat Would You Be?[/url] [b]Take the quiz and find out! :D[/b]
New Member here. Install went fine and I received the "you are protected" message on the Overview Tab with everything checked green. My one question is: my system events is going crazy as if it is still scanning. It is at over 800,000,000 and when I go to details. My Windows/GDI Events and Registry Events are the biggest sessions going non-stop. Is this normal? I am sorry. I am new all this, but I just wanted to ensure nothing is wrong with my computer. Thanks in advance! GotnFX
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