Every wondered if you antivirus is working ?
Ever wanted to test the real-time protection of your antivirus and its effectiveness of threat detection ?
Well there is a free online resource you can use to download different types if files such as .zip files .com or .html file that should set off you antivirus and flag it as a virus although this is not 100% fool proof as no antivirus or security measure is 100% but this will definitely test against the most basic of virus activity you even have the option of downloading the file via HTTP and HTTPS to see how your AV reacts
The site is located at http://www.eicar.org/85-0-Download.html
All in all this is a very useful tool for testing
Until next time stay secure !
There is a very cool website http://www.haveibeenpwned.com/
This website tracks websites that have been compromised and the hack has been made public for example the Adobe website hack you can enter your email address into the site this is the email you would have registered with and will cross reference it with the database of emails that may have been compromised and output the results if your email has been listed on the compromised sites list of usernames
Don’t Worry about privacy matters on this site as they are not asking anything personal such as your password or other personal information
I have personally used the site as well
They claim to have a database of 153,962,421 pwned email addresses
as well as 154,366,239 pwned accounts from a total of 6 websites that have been compromised examples are Adobe and Yahoo
This is a cool tool and I like the concept I think this website has a lot more potential in the future !
Until next time everyone stay secure !
Recently in the news there has been reports that hackers used a keylogger to capture logins of approximately 2Million user accounts belonging to Twitter/Facebook/Linkedin users of those services are strongly urged to change their passwords to prevent any future login attempts
researches from trustwave have stated that the data breach has been going on for about a month but only recently published the findings
See CNN’s post http://money.cnn.com/2013/12/04/technology/security/passwords-stolen/index.html?hpt=hp_t2
As I have posted about the importance of password safety and best practices as a best practice it is recommended to change your password every 30 days at least and use a 8 character password with upper and lower case letters a number and a special character
in my opinion since these passwords were stolen via a keylogger this is not a website hack but more of a user end hack and what is more concerning is that keyloggers capture key strokes as such they are captured before being encrypted so the hacker may have access to unencrypted user information
to protect against threats such as keyloggers make sure you have a update to date antivirus/firewall
I will keep this updated if more information comes in
until next time
Stay secure !