Posts Tagged ‘Google’
Fake Google antivirus is used to spread malware
Last Updated on Monday, 2 April 2012 05:59 Written by Celframe Security Team Wednesday, 26 September 2012 09:28
Once again, cyber criminals have been found to use Google name for illegal purposes. This time GFI security researchers warn us about the ‘Google antivirus’ software that has been found to be pushed with a help of popular websites illegally set to redirect visitors to phony websites offering antivirus services. In reality it’s a Trojan.Win32.Fakeav.tri, so please never fall for the program that uses name of the Internet giant.
Posing to be powered by Google, trustworthy-looking web pages claim that Google system has detected unusual traffic from victim’s computer and then offer downloading antivirus software for checking their PC for viruses. Besides, victim is additionally warned that otherwise he/she will be simply blocked from using Google services:
“Google systems have detected unusual traffic from your computer. Please check you PC on viruses. To continue, please download and install our antivirus software. [download button] or our system will block your access to Google services”.
While this infiltration may still be failed to detect by your anti-virus/anti-malware software, pay attention to the URL of the page you are redirected to – you will make sure that it has nothing to do with Google and should never be trusted.
Source: gfi.comThis entry was posted on Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 at 9:50 am and is filed under News, Security. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.
Google Under Investigation By EU and US for Safari Privacy Bypass
Last Updated on Sunday, 18 March 2012 02:26 Written by Celframe Security Team Sunday, 23 September 2012 05:04
Search Giant, Google, is catching heat from regulators in the United States and European Union for evading privacy controls in Apple’s Safari browser.
The Wall Street Journal is reportingthat investigations span several state and federal agencies in the U.S. and Europe, where the effort is being spear-headed by the French. The investigations were spurred by the findings of Stanford University graduate student Jonathan Mayer and independent security researcher Ashkan Soltani who found that Google and top online advertisers were employing code that enabled them to mimic user behavior on Web sites, overriding the Safari no-tracking setting and install tracking cookies, despite users’ wishes.
“We will of course cooperate with any officials who have questions,” a Google spokeswoman told The WSJ. “But it’s important to remember that we didn’t anticipate this would happen, and we have been removing these advertising cookies from Safari browsers.”
The fine for such a violation is reportedly $16,000 per violation per day. It is unclear how much Google could end up owing in fines if they end up on the wrong side of regulation here. Considering the number of individuals potentially affected, the fines could be steep, even for Google, which earns most of its revenue from online advertising.
The WSJ reports that Google claims it began circumventing Safari’s privacy controls last year when it implemented it’s ‘+1’ feature.
Getting to Know Google Plus
Last Updated on Monday, 12 March 2012 01:21 Written by Celframe Security Team Sunday, 2 September 2012 03:40
Most social networkers are familiar with the format of Facebook and MySpace, but Google+ has a brand new look with entirely new features. Since its member base is increasing day by day, it is necessary for parents to familiarize themselves with the interface. The most distinguishing thing about Google+ is its registration process. Currently users cannot open an account unless they have been invited. This invitation must come from a registered member and a new account can only be created upon acceptance. This is beneficial in that your teen will probably only get invites from one of her friends, not from strangers who wish to add her online.
The layout of Google+ is centered on five main features: circles, hangouts, instant upload, sparks and huddle. Circles is essentially a creative way to set up privacy settings, the user can choose to place different people in different circles and share specific information with each. If the user wants to share Christmas photographs with Grandma and party pictures with friends, he or she can do so conveniently. Hangouts let specific people, or entire circles, know that you are “hanging out” and are free to chat-face to face or through messaging. Instant upload allows pictures and videos to be shared directly from your phone to avoid the traditionally lengthy process of uploading. Sparks is, in my opinion, the most innovative feature of all. Once a user tells sparks what he or she is interested in, whether it be fashion or sports or music, the feature provides them with articles or videos that pertain to their hobbies. The last feature offered, Huddle, is particularly applicable to social butterflies. This feature enables you to enter group chat via Google+ on your phone, making it significantly easier to make plans with a large group.
If you wish to learn more about Google+ and its features, the interactive tutorial offered by Google is highly informative. It’s critical to keep up with technology, especially those that your teens are using. As Google+ becomes the next big thing, keep your teen safe and informed about its use.