Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Don't Fall for This New Chrome Malware Scam..........

Google Chrome users could be lured into downloading malware disguised as a fix for corrupted fonts, according to a recent report.
Malicious hackers are breaking into poorly-protected websites, according to research by the security firm Proofpoint, and inserting JavaScript that waits for Chrome browsers to be referred to the sites via search engines. The script then inserts unrecognized characters that break the font rendering on the webpage, making all text unreadable.
At that point, a fake Chrome dialogue box pops up, informing users that they need to download a file that looks like a font installer package.
Credit: Proofpoint
Credit: Proofpoint

But the "font" in this case is really click-fraud adware, which loads hidden ads and clicks on them automatically, putting money in the pockets of those responsible for that malware, explains Bleeping Computer. That sort of adware isn't terribly dangerous, but the criminal crew behind this scheme have unleashed far worse things in the past, such as encrypting ransomware.
Luckily for Mac users and non-English speakers, only users of the Chrome browser on Windows in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States currently are being targeted, according to Proofpoint. But it wouldn't take much adjustment to retool this campaign to fit other platforms and other countries.


Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Android malware attacks your router through your Smartphone.........

A new strain of malware has been discovered, which was seen targeting Android devices in order to hack into routers to further spread malicious activity online.
Called 'Switcher,' the malware, according to Kaspersky SecureLabs, is the first software to attack routers using Android as a vector. It will attempt to access a router's admin interface by brute-forcing its way in, using a predefined list of default router passwords.
The Switcher malware is reportedly targeting users in China, spreading itself through a fake Baidu mobile client, and another that shares information about Wi-Fi networks.
Once it makes its way in, Switcher will change the addresses of the DNS servers in the admin settings. At this point, it will now reroute queries from devices from the compromised Wi-Fi network to the servers of the cybercriminals. From there, they will now be able to further spread malicious activity, theft, and other compromising activities on the internet. SecureLabs researchers Nikita Bucka states:
"You may ask – why does it matter: routers don’t browse websites, so where’s the risk? Unfortunately, the most common configuration for Wi-Fi routers involves making the DNS settings of the devices connected to it the same as its own, thus forcing all devices in the network use the same rogue DNS. So, after gaining access to a router’s DNS settings one can control almost all the traffic in the network served by this router."
Digging deeper in their investigation, they found that the cybercriminals' command and control (C&C) server were left public. They found that the malware has already successfully infiltrated 1,280 Wi-Fi networks. "If this is true, traffic of all the users of these networks is susceptible to redirection," says Buchka.
While the malware is limited to China, it reminds us to change the default credentials of our routers, in order to stay safe from any possible attacks from cybercriminals.


Thursday, December 29, 2016

Creator's Update will bring App Folders to the Windows 10 Start Menu.......

It's been well over two years since phones got the ability to combine tiles into a folder with Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1. With the upcoming Creators Update, Windows 10 for PC users will finally be able to do the same.
The feature is already included in build 14997, which leaked on Christmas day. The build contains other new features as well, such as refreshed Settings, theme support, pinned tabs in Edge, blue light reduction, and more.

The feature looks and works exactly like it does on Windows phones. Simply drag a tile on top of another, and a folder is created.

Of course, unless you're willing to take the risk that comes with installing a leaked build, you won't see one until next week, as Dona Sarkar said that the Insider team won't be coming back until then due to the holidays. If you really need to get your hands on folders in the Start menu, you can do it with 14997, but something tells us that you'll be alright.


Saturday, December 10, 2016

Top 10 Simple Things Every Computer User Should Know How to Do........

No matter how tech savvy you are, there are certain things every one of us has to deal with when using a computer—and we don’t always deal with them in the most efficient ways. Here are 10 things that everyone can (and should) learn to keep their computer fast, safe, and easy to use.
Here at Lifehacker, we take a lot of the simpler stuff for granted: how to avoid viruses, use keyboard shortcuts, or even keep your data backed up. Even if you’ve mastered all of these tricks (and there’s a good chance you haven’t), you may want to send this along to some of your less computer-savvy friends. After all, the more they know how to do, the less they’ll call you for help. If you’re looking for some more advanced tricks, we’ve got them for you here.

10. Set Up a Simple Backup System

We all know we should back up our computers, but it’s always one of those things that you’ll set up “one day”. Setting up a backup only takes minutes, though, so you can do it right now and forget about it until you need it—and when you do need it, you’ll be glad you set it up. If you’re just backing up to an external drive, you can just use the simple tools built in to your computer, like Windows Backup or Apple’s Time Machine. However, that’ll only keep you safe if your computer fails. If you lose your home in a fire, get all your gear stolen, or experience any other kind of disaster (God forbid), you’ll have lost all those important documents, family photos, and other files forever. So, we recommend using a service like CrashPlan to back up your computer online. That way, it can back up no matter where you are, and that data will be safe no matter what happens to your hardware.

9. Do Everything Faster with Shortcuts

The great thing about computers is that they can do a lot of things much faster than a human. Say you’re looking for a specific word on a web page. Instead of scanning it yourself, all you need to do is press Ctrl+F and type the word you’re looking for. There are mountains of shortcut like this, from pressing Ctrl+S to instantly save the file you’re working on, Ctrl+P to print it out, or Ctrl+T to open a new tab in your web browser. It may seem like more trouble than its worth at first, but after you use a shortcut one or two times, you’ll wonder why you ever did anything with the mouse. Check out our list of six shortcuts everyone should know, as well as our shortcut of the day series for even more tricks.

8. Protect Yourself From Viruses

Windows users have long known the pain of viruses and other malware, but the good news is it’s pretty easy to avoid. First, we recommend learning the difference between viruses, trojans, and other kinds of attacks, as well as the myths surrounding them. Then, install some good, free antivirus software to protect yourself (Avast is our current favorite, but Bitdefender is a slightly less nerdy, equally secure option). You can even get antivirus for your Android phone, if you so choose. But in the end, the best way to avoid viruses is to use common sense: don’t open links that look suspicious, don’t install programs from untrusted sources, and if a window pops up saying your computer’s infected, make sure it’s actually your antivirus software saying that and not a fake web page.

7. Set Up Your Network (and Fix Wi-Fi Problems)

Understanding routers, modems, and the other things that make up your network can seem daunting, but there are a few basics that can fix most problems that come your way. Does your router constantly need resetting? Make sure it isn’t overheating or clogged with traffic. Is your Wi-Fi speed and range less than ideal? Use one of these tricks to give it a boost. If you experience more serious problems, you can probably fix them yourself too. Check out our complete guide to knowing your network for more info—it’s got everything you need to know, from buying a router to setting up your network and more.

6. Keep Your PC Free of Crap

Ever wonder how that Yahoo toolbar got on your system, or why there’s so much junk installed on your brand new machine? Crapware is a huge problem in the world of Windows, but that doesn’t mean you have to take it lying down. With the right tools and a little know-how, you can avoid that crapware forevermore: just uninstall the stuff that came with your system, and learn the ways companies trick you into installing stuff you don’t want. You’ll keep that system nice and clean, and beat the scammers at their own game.

5. Access Your Home Computer From Anywhere

Ever go out with your laptop and realize you left something important on your computer at home? One way to solve this problem is to use a service like Dropbox, so your files are with you everywhere you go. However, it’s also handy to know how to use your home computer from anywhere. With a simple app like TeamViewer, you can log into your home computer from another machine and use it as if you were sitting right at your desk—whether you just need to grab a quick file or access a program you don’t have elsewhere.

4. Keep Your Computer in Tip-Top Shape with Regular Maintenance

Computer maintenance has gotten really confusing over the years. Between defraggingcleaning up temporary files, and other tasks, it’s almost like trying to maintain a car. Luckily, it’s gotten a lot easier in recent years: you only really need to do one or two things to keep your computer running fast and smooth. Check out our guides to Windows maintenance and Mac maintenancefor more info and keep your PC running like new. And if your phone’s feeling a little sluggish, we have guides for iOS and Android, too.

3. Instantly Share a File Between Two Computers

So you’ve got some files you want to give to your friend sitting next to you, but your flash drive has mysteriously gone missing. Well guess what? You don’t need it! It’s very easy to transfer a file between two computers over your wireless (or wired) network, whether it’s between you and a friend or between multiple computers you own. Here are our favorite ways to share files with a nearby computer, but if you want to share them between multiple computers in your house, Windows’ Homegroup feature is a great option. Of course, this is where the aforementioned Dropbox app can come in handy, too.

2. Easily Find Your Lost or Stolen Gadgets

You never know when you might misplace your phone, laptop, or other tech, so set up some safeguards now. iPhone users can enable Find My iPhone, and Android users should enable the Android Device Manager, which allows you to track your phone if you lose it. Of course, you can always get a more feature-rich app like Prey, which can track nearly any laptop or smartphone that’s gone missing, and even get a photo of who might be using it. If you’re missing a camera, the CameraTrace service can help you find it, too. Of course, the best solution is making sure it doesn’t get stolen in the first place, and making sure all your personal data is locked down. Which brings us to our last tip...

1. Keep Your Personal Information Safe and Secure

Unfortunately, the internet isn’t always a safe place, which means everyone needs to make sure they’re keeping their personal information safe. Make sure you use strong passwordsremove personal information from photos and other files, and never use open public Wi-Fi networks without protection. Keeping your personal information safe is easier than it sounds, and if you aren’t sure what to do, check out our checklist for staying safe online. You’d be surprised how unsafe you were being before.
Title image remixed from Ra Studio (Shutterstock).