Malware infections doubled during first holiday weekend

Holiday shopping this year is and will be more dangerous than never. Cyber security specialists warned about expected malware increase during Black Friday and Cyber Monday; however, criminals managed to surpass these expectations. During this long four-day weekend malware attacks doubled compared to other days of the year. In the United States malware infections skyrocketed up to 106%. Instead of purchasing a ridiculously cheap gadgets, a new pair of shoes or other goods, many shoppers got ransomware, Trojans, and other computer infections.

For several years specialists notice that malware activity starts increasing during Black Friday and do not stop after Cyber Monday. Actually, last year the biggest malware activity was noticed two days after Cyber Monday. However, chances to catch computer infection stay high during all holiday season. So, it’s important to be careful buying presents to your family and friends online.

During the first holiday weekend, cyber criminals tricked people by sending fake spam and commercial emails, including infected websites into search results and sending malicious links on social networks. Email inboxes have been flooded with tons of fake offers to purchase goods for a low price, special prices, and various great deals and so on. Victims received fake emails from Amazon, and other well-known retailers informing about problems with their latest orders. These misleading emails tricked people into opening attached files which is typically used to spread ransomware viruses. Criminals also used social networks for their illegal activities and sent infected links on Facebook and Twitter. Well, some crooks worked very hard and created fake websites that managed to rank quite high in Google search results.

Cyber infections are lurking everywhere, so it’s important to be extremely careful this holiday shopping season. We recommend having trust issues and not relying on each receive offer or discount coupon even if it has been sent from a popular retailer. Do not trust any emails that are sent from retailers and claiming about various problems with your order. If you need to check the status of your purchase, go straight to retailer’s website, log in and check if there’re any issues. Keep in mind that thousands of malware developers are targeting lots of computer users in Europe, the U.S.A., and other continents. So, it’s better to be careful and do not rush with last minute’s shopping.

Yahoo reports about a vast data breach: what should you do?

After several years, Yahoo reports about a huge data breach that affected more than 500 million Yahoo users. According to experts, this attack could be named the biggest data breach in history, leaving LinkedIn and MySpace attacks behind. The latest information reveals that hackers got the access to users’ names, dates of birth, telephone numbers, emails, passwords, and similar data. Fortunately, Yahoo confirms that bank account information and payment data is secure and hackers did not steal it.

The company claims that it has already warned all potential victims and informed them about this security issue. The company also advises users not to reveal any personal information or click on any links or attachments after receiving a suspicious email. Next, you should change the password, especially if you are one of those, who has been using the same password since 2014. Make sure you opt for alternative verification methods this time to keep your account secure. According to the company, people should consider using Yahoo Account Key which allows accessing the account after confirming login via phone.

After this hack, eSolutions wants to remind users to think about an advanced protection of their private information online. You should always create strong passwords that include small and capital letters, numbers and symbols (if allowed). Moreover, do not use common and the most popular passwords, such as “password,” “qwerty,” “123456”, etc. Security specialists suggest making a strange but memorable sentence and taking first letters from each of words – that’s how you can create a strong and unique password. If you are not a creative person, you can look up for reliable password generators online. Also, do not use the same password for all your accounts. For better protection, we recommend using two-factor authentication.

eSolutions presents Virus Activity Plugin for WordPress

If you run a tech-related WordPress website, you should know about Virus Activity Plugin, which was presented by eSolutions last week. It can increase the trustworthiness of your website as it lets your visitors know about a global virus activity level and the latest viruses that can pose a danger to their systems. Information is collected from such tech giants as Microsoft, Kaspersky, Norton, and Avira, so there is no doubt that it can increase the number of your visitors as well. 

If you still believe that viruses are invented by antivirus companies just for scaring people and making the money, you should be informed that virus activity level has never been as important as it is now. The most dangerous and, unfortunately, the most active malware is considered ransomware. It infiltrates computer as a useful email attachment and encrypts your files. Also, it starts showing a ransom note asking you to pay a special amount of money in exchange for its decrypter. After getting infected with one of such threats, you can loose from $300 to $10000. Would you like to lose each of your files or such amount of money? Beware that the latest ransomware, called WannaCry, infected more than 200.000 computers in 150 countries.

To increase users’ awareness and add more value to your website, you just need to go to your WP admin -> Plugins, click “Add New” and search for “Virus activity”. You can also click Virusactivity.com or WordPress.org. Plugins. Virus activity to download this plugin. Once you finish the installation, go to Widgets and move “Virus Activity” widget to a sidebar. To get more information about the latest viruses, check Virus Activity News. Experts who are working behind this page are ready to share with you the most relevant information.