There is a security transition from defending against various virus and Trojan formats to sophisticated malware, and anti-virus programs are "totally useless," according to Mohammad Mannan, Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering assistant professor.
In a recent survey from Visa, almost 92 percent of respondents said they have been targeted by attempted phishing attempts - and the complexity of these attacks continues to evolve.
Just a few years ago, if a user was infected with malware, it was a major disruptive problem that directly led to PCs running poorly. However, malware is largely being written by cybercriminals aiming to either hijack compromised devices, or steal personal information and make money, so malware runs in the background a lot more efficiently.
The growing threat of malware now plagues security companies, users, and businesses, as traditional anti-virus software is ineffective at detecting malware.
In addition, malware authors are getting more creative when they aim to steal information from users, with cleverly written phishing attacks, tricky malware code, and thirst to steal and sell personal data.
"Malware is increasingly tailored for specific countries," security company CYREN noted in its 2013 yearbook of security threats. "While German e-mail users receive fake train bookings from Deutsche Bahn or Lufthansa tickets, Americans will receive fake gift vouchers from U.S. companies, bills from their tax authorities, or even speeding fines from the police."
We have talked a bit in the past about what we expect in the Xbox One March update. Among the changes expected are updates for multiplayer Titanfall and some new sound options. Microsoft has now announced that the March update is rolling out as we speak.
The update does bring the Titanfall updates for multiplayer. It also brings a slew of other nice tidbits. Players can now get to their friends list faster with the list on the homepage of the friends app. Party chat is now on by default. Players can now chat with friends even if they aren't playing the same game.
A new invite friend to game option is available on multiplayer tiles. A list of recent players you were playing with is kept to make it easier to keep in touch with people you like to game with. Twitch live streaming support is now baked in and will go live on March 11 with the new Twitch app.
WD has been offering a wide range of external storage solutions for years. The company has unveiled a new storage product today called the My Cloud EX2. This external storage solution is a personal cloud storage device that is available in several capacities.
The dual bay enclosure can be purchased empty or with up to 8TB of storage inside. The EX2 comes out of the box configured with RAID 1 to protect your data. It can be configured for RAID 0, JBOD, or Spanning modes as well. The device can be hooked to LAN/WAN networks or accessed via a USB cable.
Inside the enclosure are WD Red drivers that are designed to 24/7 uptime and use. WD designed the EX2 to be a backup device that can be used for all the devices in the home or office. It supports Windows, Mac, and mobile devices. Both Android and iOS is supported for mobile device backups.
We first talked about the LG G Pad 8.3 tablet back in September of last year when it went official. If you like the idea of that tablet, but want one with baked in LTE connectivity Verizon has just announced exactly what you are looking for. The LG G Pad 8.3 will land on the Verizon network on March 6.
The tablet will cost $99.99 with a new 2-year contact between March 6 and March 10. After that, the tablet will sell for $199.99. If you want one of these, you should really pick it early up and save the hundo. The tablet can be added to a More Everything plan for $10 per month.
The tablet has a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor and an 8.3-inch screen. The screen has a native resolution of 1920 x 1200. Other hardware features includes 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a 5MP rear camera.
We are pretty excited about Titanfall around here. If you are an Xbox One gamer or a PC gamer, you should be excited too. We think that Titanfall is going to be a strong contender for game of the year even though it's very early in 2014. Some new tidbits about the game have surfaced today.
A rumor was going around that Titanfall might not have a season pass. That has been proven false after Respawn's Vince Zampella talked recently about the game. Zampella said that Titanfall would indeed get a season pass option. That means paid DLC is coming to the game.
Another interesting tidbit is that the developers will offer free feature updates to gamers. Zampella says that there were things that the team wanted in the final game that didn't make it. Those features will be added for free at a later date.
Pioneer electronics makes all sorts of gear for pro and amateur DJs alike. Much of that gear is the controllers and other decks used to make music. Pioneer also has a full line of headphones that are aimed at the DJ. Most DJ headphones we see have big over the ear cans that are bulky.
If you are the sort that prefers a more compact and comfortable in-ear headphone, Pioneer has unveiled two new offerings that are just for you. The headphones include the DJE-2000 and DJE-1500. The high-end DJE-2000 has a hybrid 2-way driver that is able to produce deep bass in the back driver and mid/high range sounds in the front.
The DJE-1500 has a single driver design with a CCAW voice coil and a speaker diaphragm made of a ceramic powder coating. Both headphones come with multiple ear tips for comfortable and correct sizing. Both sets of headphones also have detachable cables.
Yesterday Warner Bros. announced the next title in the Batman: Arkham franchise and we were one of the first sites to break the news. Today WB has unveiled the first trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight, and after watching the three-minute long video, it appears that the rumors were true. Batman: Arkham Knight could be the best Batman game ever made.
Batman: Arkham Knight will be a PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One only title, and is rumored to take full advantage of HD and Ultra-HD resolutions depending on which platform you prefer. The developers are able to take full advantage of today's graphics power by choosing not to launch on the PS3 or Xbox 360, and will allow them to take the franchise to the next level. More importantly, Rocksteady Studios is back at the helm which should make up for Batman: Arkham Origin's short falls.
The game will center around a villain named Hush, who will be accompanied by Scarecrow, Penguin, Harley Quinn, and Two-Face in an effort to take over Gotham City and clip Batman's wings forever. As I mentioned in my previous post, the Batmobile will finally be driveable a first for modern Batman games, and if anyone can pull it off, Rocksteady is the studio to do it.
Kingston has unveiled a new storage device that will make getting large video files off your Android device quick and easy. The storage device is called the DataTraveler microDuo. The duo in the name comes from the fact that the flash drive is able to work in a USB port or a microUSB port.
If you are an Android smartphone or tablet user, odds are that microUSB port is all you have. If your device supports USB OTG, you can plug the microDuo directly into that port and use a free app to move files to and from the storage device.
The drive is offered in 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities. The flash drive is very small and compact and should be easy to take with you on the go. Since it works with regular USB ports as well, transferring files to and from your smartphone and computer will be easy.
NASA is always-on the lookout for asteroids that are coming close to the Earth to ensure that we have some warning of one if them is going to hit the planet and to study ones that pass nearby for science. Today an asteroid that is about 90-feet in diameter is going to streak by the planet between the Earth and moon's orbit.
That sounds close if you don't keep in mind the vast distances in space. The asteroid, called 2014 DX110, will be about 217,000 miles from the Earth at its closest point. It is actually very far away from the planet, even though on a cosmic scale this is a close call.
The asteroid will pass the earth at 33,000 mph. At 217,000 miles away from the Earth, it is about 9/10ths of the distance to the moon from the Earth. The asteroid will be at that distance from the planet for about seven hours.