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CryptoLocker Virus – Best Practices to Ensure 100% Immunity

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You may have heard of the latest virus, CryptoLocker, by now. The virus is a form of ransomware, a class of malware that, once installed on a system, restricts access to the system until the user pays a ransom. CryptoLocker (shown below) is infiltrating users’ systems via drive-by downloads and phishing email attachments. Once the user opens the malicious message, CryptoLocker installs itself on the user’s system, scans the hard drive, and encrypts the files. All files are rendered inaccessible to the user until he or she pays a ransom to receive a decryption key.

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The good news is, if you currently have Comodo Internet Security (CIS) installed on your computer, you are 100% safe from this threat! Below are Comodo’s best practices, that if followed, ensure you will stay 100% immune to the CryptoLocker virus as well as all the other viruses and malware found in this crazy place we call the Internet.

Be Proactive
Once installed, CIS is able to stop 100% of threats by isolating all unknown applications (malicious or not). If the threat is known to be malicious, the Antivirus for Windows 8 (AV) will detect the signature and prevent the encryption of your files. If the threat is unknown, the HIPS will stop it from accessing protected files by automatically running it in the sandbox. Therefore, even before CryptoLocker became a known virus, CIS would automatically sandbox it to prevent encryption of your files. However, just to cover all our bases, let’s say the AV misses CryptoLocker. What happens then?

If Comodo’s AV happened to miss CryptoLocker, as long as you are practicing the EASIEST and SAFEST browsing habit, you will still be 100% safe from the virus, and all other viruses for that matter. The easiest and most secure way to practice safe browsing is to only browse the web through CIS. As shown, the Comodo Internet Security (CIS) User Interface (UI) that usually appears at the upper right-hand corner of your Desktop (depending on user preferences) includes the following browsers: Comodo Dragon, Comodo IceDragon, Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Firefox.
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Simply click on the browser you prefer and it will be launched in “safe mode.” This means that no matter what website you visit or what virus may be installed while you’re browsing, it will not affect your actual computer or files. That’s because when you browse using CIS, you are browsing in the Comodo sandbox, which is essentially a virtual machine. The ONLY difference in appearance between browsing through CIS and using the regular version of any of the above browsers is the green bar around the window to indicate that you are browsing in the sandbox. Everything else – from your user preferences to the browser layout – is the same.

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Browsing through CIS answers the question of how to stay protected from CryptoLocker, but what do you do if you’re already infected?

You Have CryptoLocker – Now What?
Don’t worry; there is hope for you in the form of Comodo Rescue Disk (CRD), a bootable disk image that allows users to run virus scans in a pre-boot environment.

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CRD cleans your system before Windows is loaded, providing a more comprehensive and thorough scan than you would receive with regular malware cleaning applications. This scanning tool is intended for the removal of malware that embeds itself so deeply into your system that regular AV software cannot effectively remove it. In the case of CryptoLocker, CRD is ideal because it is very effective at removing infections that are preventing Windows from booting in the first place. You can find more details about using Comodo Rescue Disk on our help page at: help.comodo.com

Unfortunately, if you are not currently following best practices and have become infected with CryptoLocker, once your files are encrypted, you cannot get them back without paying the ransom (which also has no guarantee of working). That’s because CryptoLocker uses asymmetric encryption in which you need a private key to decrypt. Currently, there is no other way around this. Still, it is imperative to remove the malware and you can easily do this by downloading CRD which will find CryptoLocker and kick it out.

Additional Best Practices

Virtual Kiosk
Another option for safe browsing is Comodo’s Virtual Kiosk that is similarly included with CIS. Virtual Kiosk uses the same technology utilized in browsing through CIS so your system will stay 100% protected even while visiting risky websites or performing other potentially harmful tasks. The only difference between Virtual Kiosk and browsing through CIS is the way the user interface looks.

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You can see all of the spectacular uses for Virtual Kiosk described in this blog post: Google’s New Desktop Chrome Apps Experience is Following In Comodo’s Footsteps.
Back up your data

Backing up your online data can often prove to be a wise precaution because you can instantly recover your precious files after a potentially devastating loss of data. It’s an even better idea to back up your data to an encrypted location like CCloud. Used in conjunction with Comodo Backup (CB), you can ensure your files are always safe and can easily be restored when needed. CB provides access to your online files and allows you to create regular, ongoing backups of local data with your CCloud storage space as the backup destination. It’s a breeze to set up – Comodo Backup will find and categorize all of your music, videos, photos and mail so you can immediately start copying what’s important to you. There’s no need to risk having to pay the bad guys. Instead, format your drive and recover all of your files from your backup. If the bad guys have encrypted your drive, just format and restore it from the backup you so wisely created beforehand.

When browsing through CIS, you are 100% immune to attacks from the web regardless of what potentially dangerous website you’re visiting. Once you’re done browsing, simply close out the browser and reset your sandbox to “clean it out.” It’s simple, easy, convenient, and most importantly, 100% secure.

If you’re not already being proactive and practicing safe browsing habits like the tens of millions of users already protected by CIS, download today!

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Digitally Signed Bandook Trojan Reemerges in Global Spy Campaign

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Source: https://threatpost.com/digitally-signed-bandook-trojan-spy-campaign/161676/

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Pandemic, A Driving Force in 2021 Financial Crime

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Contactless payments market to reach US$ 26.3 billion by 2027

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Contactless Payments Market To Reach US$ 26.3 Billion By 2027

The global contactless payments market is expected to surpass US$ 26.3 Billion by 2027 end, registering a CAGR of 12.9% during the forecast period of 2019 to 2027), as highlighted in a report published by Coherent Market Insights.

Increasing demand for contactless payments from the retail sector is expected to drive market growth during the forecast period. Retailers are modernizing their brick-and-mortar stores to offer secure services to customers and establishing online stores to increase revenue.

They are adopting advanced technologies such as big data analytics and cloud computing to increase their presence in the market. Retail manufacturers are using contactless payments methods that provide many benefits, such as reduced transaction time, increased operational efficiency, increased revenue, minimized cost, and others. Contactless payment methods at retail stores reduce transaction process and queue in counter.

Moreover, governments are also focusing on introducing new payment methods in order to increase productivity and remain competitive in the market. For instance, in December 2016, the government of India launched BHIM app for Unified Payment Interface (UPI). The common UPIbased BHIM app allows the user to send and receive money through their mobile phones by linking their bank accounts. For instance, according to Coherent Market Insights’ analysis, the number of transactions done through the Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) app reached 18.8 million in February 2020.

Contactless Payments Market – Impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic

According to Coherent Market Insight‘s study, globally, most of the countries are affected by COVID-19 and most of the countries have announced lockdown.Contactless payment have become more preferred payment method, as it requires less physical interactions.

Smartphone based payment interface and digital wallets are the potential solutions to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic. Moreover, recent developments in digital payments have encouraged the use of contactless payment methods during this pandemic. For instance, in April 2020, Upgrade Inc., a U.S.-based loan company, launched new contactless credit card. The new credit card provides high transaction limit than other payment methods.

Moreover, bank authorities and card network in Germany, U.K., Austria, and other countries have set higher transaction limit, as people are staying at home and prefer shopping through payment cards only. For instance, U.K Finance Limited increased the transaction limit for contactless payment cards starting from 30 Euros to 45 Euros. This, in turn, increases demand for contactless payment solutions.

Key Trends and Analysis of the Global Contactless Payments Market:

  • Europe held dominant position in the global contactless payments market in 2019 and is expected to retain its dominance throughout the forecast period. This is owing to increasing payment through smart cards. For instance, according to the Electronic Transactions Association (ETA), contactless payments through Mastercard and Maestro increased by 145% in Europe in 2018. Furthermore, in 2019, according to Coherent Market Insights’ analysis, the transactions through contactless payment methods reached 651 million in the U.K.
  • Asia Pacific is expected to show significant growth over the forecast period. The increasing adoption of contactless payment methods from retail industry is fueling the market growth. Retailers are modernizing their conventional payment methods with contactless payment methods, in order to improve productivity and efficiency in the business.
  • Among device type, the smartphone segment held dominant position in the market in 2019 and is expected to retain its dominance during the forecast period. This is owing to increasing demand for live streaming from consumers. For instance, the online video streaming market is expected to exceed US$ 70,000 million in 2021 from US$ 30,000 million in 2016.
  • Major players operating in the global contactless payments market include Thales Group, Infineon Technologies AG, Ingenico Group, Wirecard, VeriFone, Inc., Giesecke+Devrient GmbH, IDEMIA, Track Innovations LTD., Identiv, Inc., CPI Card Group Inc., Setomatic Systems, Valitor, PAX, PINPAD, Mobeewave, alcineo, and Paycor, Inc.

Source: https://www.fintechnews.org/contactless-payments-market-to-reach-us-26-3-billion-by-2027/

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