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Explained: data enrichment

How do your favorite brands know to use your first name in the subject line of their emails? Why do you seem to get discounts and special offers on products you’ve recently purchased? Businesses are able to personalize their marketing messages thanks to data enrichment. Data enrichment applies to the process of enhancing, refining, and improving on raw data. It is usually the last step … [Read more...]

Dubious downloads: How to check if a website and its files are malicious

A significant amount of malware infections and potentially unwanted program (PUP) irritants are the result of downloads from unreliable sources. There are a multitude of websites that specialize in distributing malicious payloads by offering them up as something legitimate or by bundling the desired installer with additional programs. In November 2019, we learned that Intel removed old … [Read more...]

Billion-dollar search engine industry attracts vultures, shady advertisers, and cybercriminals

Search engines make money by showing users sponsored advertisements—a lot of money. This attracts attention, competition, and plenty who want a piece of the action without doing the actual work or considering the impact to those on the other end of the search bar. Because in the search business, even the crumbs are interesting. In this post, we look at the ways in which shady advertisers, … [Read more...]

Explained: edge computing

Edge computing may seem like a foreign and future-facing term. Yet its applications are widespread and diverse, with the ability to transform the way we store, use, and share data and programs online. The implications of edge computing are far-reaching, trickling down from software development and business applications to everyday computing—even to gameplay. Recently, I followed a discussion … [Read more...]

Explained: What is containerization?

Containerization. Another one of those tech buzzwords folks love to say but often have no idea what it means. A better way to organize children’s toys? The act of bringing tupperware out to dinner to safely transport home leftovers? Another name for Russian dolls? Containerization is, of course, none of those things. But its definition might be best captured in a quick example rather than … [Read more...]

Explained: juice jacking

When your battery is dying and you’re nowhere near a power outlet, would you connect your phone to any old USB port? Joyce did, and her mobile phone got infected. How? Through a type of cyberattack called “juice jacking.” Don’t be like Joyce. Although Joyce and her infected phone are hypothetical, juice jacking is technically possible. The attack uses a charging port or … [Read more...]

Vital infrastructure: securing our food and agriculture

I don’t expect to hear any arguments on whether the production of our food is important or not. So why do we hardly ever hear anything about the cybersecurity in the food and agriculture sector? Depending on the country, agriculture makes up about 5 percent of the gross domestic product. That percentage is even bigger in less industrial countries. That amounts to a lot of money. And … [Read more...]

Announcing Malwarebytes 4.0: smarter, faster, and lighter

Malwarebytes was founded on the belief that everyone has a fundamental right to a malware-free existence. Every product we make is built on that premise. That’s why we’ve been hard at work on the latest version of Malwarebytes for Windows that not only sports a whole new look, but packs cutting-edge detection methods into a lightweight, lightning-fast program. We proudly present: Malwarebytes … [Read more...]

Cybersecurity for journalists: How to defeat threat actors and defend freedom of the press

When you’re a journalist or work for the press, there may be times when you need to take extra cybersecurity precautions—more so than your Average Joe. Whether a reporter is trying to crowd-source information without revealing their story or operating in a country where freedom of the press is a pipe dream, cybersecurity plays an important role for any journalist producing work online—which is … [Read more...]

Pulse VPN patched their vulnerability, but businesses are trailing behind

In April 2019, Pulse Secure published an advisory about a vulnerability in their software. In August, cybercriminals were massively scanning for systems that were running a vulnerable version. Now it’s October, and still many organizations have not applied the patches that are available for this vulnerability. This is a trend we’ve seen repeated with dozens of other publicly-known … [Read more...]