ESET combines with Google to improve the security of the Google Chrome browser
Google and ESET have combined Chrome’s sandbox technology with ESET’s detection engine to create the Chrome Cleanup tool included in the latest version of Google Chrome. The new version of tool has been developed with the vision of allowing internet users to browse the web safely and without interruption.
“Under the hood, we upgraded the technology we use in Chrome Cleanup to detect and remove unwanted software. We worked with IT security company ESET to combine their detection engine with Chrome’s sandbox technology. We can now detect and remove more unwanted software than ever before, meaning more people can benefit from Chrome Cleanup.” – Philippe Rivard, Product Manager, Chrome Cleanup.
Chrome Cleanup is now able to detect unwanted software such as pop-up ads, unwanted extensions, toolbars and browser redirecting software, and single it out for removal thereby allowing internet users to enjoy safer technology.
Chrome Cleanup runs in the background while users are browsing on Chrome and alerts users to potential threats. It then gives users the option to quickly remove this harmful or unwanted software and restore Chrome to its default settings.
“Using the internet should always be a smooth and safe experience for everyone,” said Juraj Malcho, Chief Technology Officer at ESET. ““For three decades, ESET has developed a number of security solutions that allow users to safely enjoy their technology and to mitigate a variety of cyber threats. Chrome Cleanup addresses unwanted software that can negatively influence a users’ experience on the internet.”
Cyber security attacks have become more frequent, more advanced and more difficult to identify. Take the worry out of your browsing experience and download the ESET protected Chrome Cleanup tool here.
machine shows no signs of slowing down, as fraudsters continue to dispense bogus
health advice, peddle fake testing kits and issue malware-laced purchase orders
Coronavirus pandemic continues to escalate, more companies
are now shifting to remote work as a way of containing the spread of the
disease. Similarly, lockdowns and travel bans, among other stringent measures,
have become the order of the day across several nations. And to worsen the
situation, there is a massive shortage of the required medical kits.
Such a crisis
provides fraudsters undue advantage over a vulnerable lot that is financially
destabilized, as well as emotionally drained as a result of the pandemic.
In this case,
you would likely receive fake updates regarding the pandemic, as well as
non-existent offers for personal protective equipment, among others. Likewise,
if you’re a business, you would certainly receive faux purchase orders and
Fortunately, as a follow up to our previous article about the ways scammers are exploiting coronavirus fears, we provide you with a few examples of the new campaigns aimed at stealing your money or personal information. To enable you to keep your guard up. Shall we?
As the virus
continues to escalate, more people are currently searching for practical
information on how they can protect themselves. As a result, scammers have
conveniently positioned themselves as the true COVID-19 information
“crusaders” by impersonating well-known health organizations, such as
surprised if you receive an email (containing an attachment) supposedly coming
from a reputable health organization offering you “vital information”
on how you can protect yourself from the disease.
our research team identified one such file containing a Trojan designed to
steal personal credentials.
Apart from the
WHO, fraudsters are also impersonating the US Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC). Accordingly, the FBI has given a warning about scummy
emails mainly riddled with malware-infested attachments and links purporting to
originate from the CDC.
To reduce the number of people falling for
such schemes, the WHO shares examples of its official email addresses and
methods of communication on its website.
Urgent purchase orders and late payments
Owing to the
increased pressure from governments to reduce the spread of the virus,
Companies, as well as factories, have been forced to streamline their
operations according to the current situation. As an example, companies to
integrate work from home modules, while factories to either increase or reduce
their production capacities depending on their products.
changes have brought about a climate of uncertainty that offers fraudsters a
In this case, as
a factory owner or executive, be on the lookout for “urgent purchase
orders” from “company representatives.” Since this fake orders
come from scammers who want to make a kill out of your desperation of making
some revenue before things go south.
Sadly, if you
download such “urgent orders” (usually in attachments), your PC will
be installed with malicious
code designed to steal your details.
Below is an
excellent example of such an “urgent order”:
would receive a “proof of payment” for you to take care of the order.
However, like the last example above, instead of receiving a bank statement,
the attached document contains a Trojan injector.
High demand products
increase in demand compounded with an inadequate supply for essential
protective items, such face masks has created another avenue for scams.
example of such a scam involves a fraudulent site that is offering
“OxyBreath Pro” face masks at a reduced price. These can lure you
since there is a shortage of masks, and what is available is highly-priced.
However, if you
click on the provided links, you’ll be at risk of exposing your sensitive
personal information to the scammers.
Bogus testing gear
unavailability or short supply of medical kits for testing folks for the virus
has also attracted fraudsters in droves.
the existent low supply of masks, respirators, and hand sanitizers, among other
necessities, has prompted scammers to impersonate medical officials. So that, they can provide non-existent or
fake COVID-19 test kits, as well as illegitimate “corona cures.”
To contain these
despicable actions, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued
warnings that it hasn’t allowed the sale or purchase of coronavirus
self-testing kits; therefore, it is currently bursting such sellers.
In a wrap, what
we have shared is a representative of the many current fraudulent campaigns
doing rounds in our media spaces due to the prevailing situation.
Thus, it is
critical to maintaining high alertness to avoid falling victim to both the
COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the ensuing scam epidemic escalating through the
internet. To keep yourself safe from the scams, you can practice the following
Avoid downloading files or
clicking on links from unknown sources
Never fall for unrealistic
offers or order goods from unverified suppliers. You may also make a point of
checking out the purported vendor’s reviews
Invest in an excellent endpoint
solution which can shield you from phishing
attacks, as well as other forms of scams
If an email suggests coming
from a reputable organization, double-check with the firm’s website to confirm
If you require
consultation, as well as endpoint solutions for your cybersecurity needs, then
ESET has been here for you for over 30 years. We want to assure you that we
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Well, don’t agonize too much; we shall first explain to you what a VPN entails. And then, provide you with a step by step procedure for setting a basic Virtual Private Network. Here we go!
First, what is a Virtual Private Network (VPN)?
VPN is a private channel within a wider (open) network that enables you to
communicate with your peers (other nodes with similar settings) without leaking
your information through the use of encryption.
Besides, you can
utilize a VPN to initiate communication through any network without revealing
your location. In any case, a significant number of vendors deal with clients
needing such services to avoid being tracked or be able to bypass particular
However, in our
case, we shall consider a home office VPN that will create a communication
tunnel for your practical and secure home office communication.
Is it necessary to set up a virtual private network?
For there to be
any communication between two endpoints ─ your pc and the computer in the main
office –, they must be configured.
In this case,
you’ll require the services of your IT department (if you have one), who will
guide you regarding the applications to install, as well as provide you with
VPN credentials depending on your needs. Upon installing and configuring the
said app, you can automatically establish communication through the provided
link. Easy-peasy, right?
On the other
hand, if you don’t have an IT department behind your back, then you may have to
do it yourself. These shouldn’t; however, scare you at all; it’s not as tough
as you might imagine.
But before we
explore the nitty-gritty of setting up the VPN, we first need to identify the
options we have. In our case, we shall examine two options:
Open VPN: standard in small
office/home office and business-class routers
IP Sec: Is Built-in and
commonly used by desktops, smartphones, and laptops
The Open Virtual Private Network
This type of VPN
has been around for a long time and has proved itself secure and reliable. It
is ideal for small office/ house offices, as well as business-class routers,
thanks to its open-source nature.
Procedure for installation
On a contemporary device, go to the router’s configuration screen and click the relevant buttons to access your office network
Download the configuration file generated by the router
Use this file to configure/setup the OpenVPN in your pc, smartphone, or desktop that you want to use to access the Network behind that particular router. In case you get stuck somewhere, you can download or follow an online tutorial for your specific router.
Download the required apps that will enable you to access your new home office VPN from this website.
Install the downloaded applications and then configure them using the files generated when setting up the Open VPN on your office router.
the event you find the going tough, you can always consult with an online
tutorial or IT personnel.
Internet Protocol Security
IPsec is also
another technology that has been in use for an extended period to provide
reasonable security. It utilizes the same working principles as the OpenVPN;
however, it is mostly used on lower-cost routers. Besides, it is a built-in
technology in most desktops, laptops, and smartphones; therefore, it eliminates
the need for installing another application on your device.
process is similar to that one of OpenVPN. However, implementing a particular
router IPsec can sometimes be a little more complicated compared to installing
an open VPN.
with the use of native tools on your remote endpoints, you can offset this by
just typing in a few things, such as the required IP address and credentials.
these are some of the simplest virtual net protection options you can install on
your home system without requiring massive/no input from IT experts.
will need a beefier than standard broadband for quick communication over the
VPN. Also, you may experience slower connections due to the much horsepower
required to keep the connection encrypted and tunneled. Nevertheless, this is a
small price to pay in exchange for a secure home office communication.
In case you
required any advice regarding VPN options or installation services, then ESET
has been here for you for over 30 years. We want to assure you that we will be
here to protect your online activities during these uncertain times, too.
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