Top hints for the month
1) Now that Microsoft are beginning to block so called ‘macros’, email attachments are becoming less likely to be the thing that contains malware. (But stay on guard!!). We expect to see malicious website links being more widely used instead. So be aware of links, not just files. And it’s particularly the case that these can be circulated by text message, not just email… which leads us neatly to point two.
2) Mobile devices continue to be reported as a popular Achilles’ heel. Malware has recently been found said to be in at least eight Android applications, although Apple devices are also being exploited. They are 'Funny Camera', which has over 500,000 installations, 'Razer Keyboard & Theme', Vlog Star Video Editor, Creative 3D Launcher, Wow Beauty Camera, Gif Emoji Keyboard, Freeglow Camera 1.0.0, Coco Camera v1.1. they have now have been removed from the Play Store, but if they’re on your device, remove them and perform a device clean-up. Ask us how if you need.
3) Although we talk about “phishing” (scam emails!) lots, updates are also important. Research from Palo Alto analysing 600 attacks showed that software vulnerabilities are almost as important. Criminals were scanning for the presence of new vulnerabilities within 15 minutes of them becoming public. Details here
and an interesting graphic below. What does this mean for you?
You need to apply updates promptly to stay safe.