When Antivirus Software Fails You: How to Stop (and Defeat!) a Real-World Trojan & Social Engineering Attack
It isn't every day you get to see what a real Trojan or Social Engineering attack looks like.
When you do, there's seldom time to even take screenshots: you just want to get the heck out of Dodge.
But, this time, in putting together material for our upcoming free workshop, Get Secure, when I came across a real attack I was able to record it.
If you've ever wondered what an attack looks like, here's your chance to see one.
Here's the best/worst part: nothing stopped it.
- Not our Internet Security Software.
- Not any of our browsers' built-in malware protection
- Not even Windows 10 built-in security.
See for yourself how it happened and what you can do to stop it.
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THREE short days ago, I promised you we were working on something big.
(If you missed that blog / email, here's a one sentence recap: My dear friend Mike's recent, sudden passing gave me the impetus to help our subscribers more than we are.)
HERE'S WHERE WE ARE NOW...
We want to do better by you.
There are a TON of subscribers like you who have questions about their PC and NEED answers who end up not getting things fixed (or end up with lousy solutions) because they don't think to ask us because we're "just" antivirus guys (which just isn't true.)
We're not just talking about PC security or optimization. We're talking about getting your PC to finally work for you the way it's supposed to. We’re talking complete PC mastery.
...AND THIS IS WHERE YOU COME IN.
Now that we're putting rubber to the road to solve these vexing problems, your insight means everything.
Do us a favor: Tell us what would make the biggest difference for you.
To make it easy, we've chopped everything down to JUST THREE QUESTIONS and should only take you about one minute.
Go here to give us your take: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RT5Y8FF
One of the most common questions we get is:
Really though, when we probe a little deeper with the visitor who's asking the question, there are two intents behind the original question.Which antivirus software should I buy to protect my kids online?
- What's the best at keeping a virus off my kid's PC?
- What's the best at keeping my kids away from sites with objectionable content?
So, as happened with this site when we looked at the antivirus software review landscape back in 2006, we found found a need. From that came pcAntivirusReviews.com.
Here we are now in 2012, and again we saw a problem. Most importantly, the other review sites all try to pigeonhole kids of all ages into one "best" product. That's just not reality though. The software needed for monitoring a seven year old is usually quite different from the software for monitoring a 17 year old.
And, seeing no sites that were testing the software as thoroughly as we'd like it tested, we're proud to announce the launch of our own parental control software review site.
The reviews are done, and while the site is in its infancy now, it's online and ready to go. Once you've checked it out, if you have questions, we're extremely familiar with each of the programs, having just finished our first complete round of testing, so please ask. We're glad to help.
The main thing you'll see (aside from our usual candor about the software) is that unlike other sites, we're not claiming there's one so-called "best parental control program". Instead, you can look at things as you need to: according to what properly fits your family's needs.
Most importantly among these things is the age of the child being monitored or if they're an "at risk" youth of any age.
So, the three broad categories for consideration are:
- Children under 9
- Children 10 and up
- At-risk kids of any age
So, if you're in the need for something to help you monitor what your kids are doing online (or to help you block sites with objectionable content), your job just got easier.
Let us know if we can help. (Full contact information at the new site.)