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How to guard against radiation with a cactus | Kaspersky official blog

Our colleagues recently investigated the extent of some misconceptions in the field of computer security. And they could hardly not include the best-known security tool of all: the humble cactus. As it turns out, more than a third of respondents (37%) believe that cacti absorb harmful radiation from the monitor. It’s tempting to just dismiss the notion...

Transatlantic Cable podcast 284 | Kaspersky official blog

Episode 284 kicks off with a story that is going to surprise no one: over 50% of smart appliances are not connected to the internet, which is a surprise to only the manufacturers – it seems people aren’t really convinced by Wi-Fi enabled refrigerators or washing machines. Moving on from that, the team discuss news that AI audio is becoming a problem,...

Why contactless payments may not work | Kaspersky official blog

A customer holds their handheld device to the POS terminal — but the contactless payment doesn’t work. Why? Maybe the device itself is damaged, or maybe the NFC reader chip is failing, but it could be something else: the POS terminal might be infected with Prilex malware, which hunts for bank cards; and it’s now able to block contactless transactions....

How Kaspersky Password Manager works | Kaspersky official blog

This past year we saw a flurry of news reports about leaks of personal data from various online services and even from popular password managers. If you use a digital vault, when you read about such a data leak, you’ll probably start imagining a nightmare scenario: attackers have accessed all your accounts whose passwords are stored in your password...

How to teach cybersecurity to your CEO | Kaspersky official blog

Information security is nothing if not stressful: the constant lookout for potential incidents and chronically long hours are compounded by the never-ending battle with other departments that see cybersecurity as an unnecessary nuisance. At best, they try not to think about it, but in especially severe cases, they go out of their way to avoid anything...

Transatlantic Cable podcast 283 | Kaspersky official blog

Episode 283 kicks off with the recent (good news) story that ransomware gang earnings are down by quite a bit from last year. Turns out that people are starting to treat backups properly and are refusing to pay – great news for 2023! Following that, the team look at troubling news, this time from the cryptocurrency world, with a story looking at the...

Privacy settings in Untappd | Kaspersky official blog

There’s a huge variety of beers in the world today. But what if you want to keep track of which ones you’ve already tasted? You guessed it – there’s an app for that; actually – quite a few. Among them, Untappd has become the de facto standard with craft beer fans. The app is essentially a specialized social network where users can get information about...

Apple changes user data protection in 2023 | Kaspersky official blog

In December 2022, Apple announced a raft of new user data protection features. The most important was the expanded list of end-to-end encrypted data uploaded to iCloud. In most cases, only the owner of a key has access to it, and even Apple itself won’t be able to read this information. There was also an unofficial announcement: the company mentioned...

How dangerous are Signal vulnerabilities? | Kaspersky official blog

Cybersecurity researcher John Jackson has published a study on two vulnerabilities he’s found in the Signal messenger desktop client — CVE-2023-24069 and CVE-2023-24068. The expert is sure that malefactors can exploit these vulnerabilities for espionage. Since Signal desktop applications for all operating systems have a common code base, both vulnerabilities...

Practical application of ChatGPT | Kaspersky official blog

Although the principles of machine learning were laid down some half a century ago, only recently have they found widespread application in practice. As computing power grew, computers learned first to distinguish objects in images and play Go better than humans, then to draw pictures based on text descriptions and maintain a coherent chat. In 2021–2022,...

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