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Matousec’s Challenge

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We have been very proud of the performance of Comodo Internet Security in the Matousec.com “Proactive Internet Security Challenge 64” over the past year. It’s worth taking some time to explain why this matters.

A great resource for Internet security pros are Matousec and their website Matousec.com. They are an independent project run by security experts dedicated to improving end user security. They not only do testing and research, they have worked with vendors to introduced innovative Internet security solutions.

According to their web site “We want to participate in the global security research, provide independent software testing, support other companies and software vendors with similar orientation in their activities, and help with the development of their security products.”

The Matousec Challenge

One of the most interesting projects that Matousec engages in is called the Matousec Proactive  Internet Security Challenge.  It is an ongoing test of 38 internet security suites for Microsoft Windows computers.  Each of the 38 have been tested within the past 6 months.

What was so challenging about “The Challenge”?

They wouldn’t call it a “Challenge” unless it very was demanding.  The tests are organized into a series of increasingly difficult levels to pass.  The software must pass one level to proceed to the next.

The tests come from 6 categories of tests:

  • Leak-test: Tests that try to send data to the Internet server.
  • Spying test: These tests typically use Keylogger and packet sniffer software to attempt to spy on users’ input or data.
  • Autorun test: These tests determine if test software can download, install itself and survive the computer being rebooted.
  • Self-defense test: This refers to a group of tests that attempt to shut down or damage the security itself.
  • Other: Miscellaneous tests that do not fit into the other categories.

The tests are conducted on virtual Windows 7/Vista machines under Administrative rights with the User Account Control (UAC) turned off. Matousec’s research indicates that this is the most common real world configuration.

What’s the score?

You can view the current rankings an all of the details at Matousec.com, but the following is the top 5 as of this publication.

1)         Comodo Internet Security Premium 6.0.260739.2674

2)         Privatefirewall 7.0.28.1

3)         Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 13.0.1.4190

4)         Outpost Security Suite Pro 7.5.2.3939.602.1809

5)         SpyShelter Firewall 1.5

Comodo was the only suite to receive a rating of “Excellent” and only one of three products that Matousec rated as “Recommended”!

You might notice that there are some big names not in the top 5, such as Symantec’s Norton and McAfee. They were in the contest, but appear much further down in the rankings. Unlike a contest like the Super Bowl, this is not a one day event. Like the threat from hackers and cyber criminals, this is a contest that has no end in site. The top products will have to continue to improve to meet the challenge and retain their positions.

TEST YOUR EMAIL SECURITY GET YOUR INSTANT SECURITY SCORECARD FOR FREE Source: https://blog.comodo.com/it-security/matousecs-challenge/

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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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MacOS Users Targeted By OceanLotus Backdoor

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Source: https://threatpost.com/macos-users-targeted-oceanlotus-backdoor/161655/

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Pandemic, A Driving Force in 2021 Financial Crime

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Source: https://threatpost.com/2021-financial-crime-covid-19/161665/

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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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