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Security for free, update after 4 years

About 4 years ago, while I was working at Avira,  I wrote this article for (ISC)2’s blog. Security “for free”? I wrote back then about how to cover all attack vectors for malware. I also wrote about the hidden costs, which many people tend to ignore. These costs are not acquisition costs. They are even not easily visible. I concluded, that it is possible to achieve a decent degree of security without any acquisition costs. However, there are drawbacks and there are hidden maintenance costs. For those who are interested in having software that works for them and not the…


VPNMentor.com: Cybertalk with IT security expert Sorin Mustaca

Cybertalk with IT security expert Sorin Mustaca   vpnMentor has had the privilege of talking with Sorin Mustaca, a Certified IT consultant with over 15 years of experience in IT security, and author of “Improve Your Security”, a guide for the common end user that deals with the question of how to beware of cyber threats on the individual level.   By Ditsa Keren, 16/06/2016 Content Can you tell us a little bit about your background in IT security? With so many new threats and with the fast development of hacking technologies, how can an anti-virus stay up to date…


Classical Antivirus is dead.Long live EDR?

We recall last year’s article in WSJ  quoted executives from antivirus pioneer Symantec declaring antivirus software “dead” and stating that the company is focusing on developing technologies that attack online threats from a different angle. I also wrote about it here: http://www.sorinmustaca.com/2014/05/08/is-antivirus-really-dead-it-depends-what-you-call-antivirus/   Now the new concept has a name: Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR). Kelly Jackson Higgins, an experienced editor at Dark Reading wrote this week an interesting article called “The Rebirth Of Endpoint Security” where she interviews representatives of various cybersecurity startups. “This is is clearly a pretty hot market from a VC perspective. There’s a lot of money flowing in from a…


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Is Antivirus really dead? It depends on what you call Antivirus

Every once in a while, someone or some company in the information security industry comes up and says, “antivirus is dead.” This happened again last week, when Symantec’s Brian Dye told the Wall Street Journal that antivirus was dead and that it was no longer a “moneymaker.” http://news.softpedia.com/news/Is-Antivirus-Dead-It-Depends-on-How-You-Look-at-It-440993.shtml Avira Security Expert and Product Manager Sorin Mustaca tells us via email: “This hardly comes as news for anyone in the security industry who’s been in the business for more than a few years. I’ve written in April 2014 in the Virus Bulletin magazine an article called ‘Is the IT security industry up to…


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Signs that your smartphone is potentially infected with malware

1. You notice that you pay more than usual for your mobile phone bill This is a sign that some trojan might send SMSs or make phone calls to super expensive phone numbers oversees. 2. Data usage increase Malware usually sends data to the cybercriminals. If you notice an increase in the data usage or if your provider is slowing down your data transfer because you consumed too much, it might be a sign that malicious software communicates without your knowledge. 3. Calls are interrupted often and SMSs don’t reach their destination Even if you see that you have maximum…



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Why Intel bought McAfee?

Everybody knows about this acquisition. Now, why did Intel (chip produced) needs a Software Security company ? There are some possible reasons: 1. To enter in a multi-billion market which needs fresh ideas and technologies 2.  To produce better security software which makes use of their multi-core processors 3. Both 4. Add AV in the CPU (or on the board) directly(with some help from the “cloud”) 5. Create an AntiVirus Chip -> move from software to hardware (which they know better) Of course, I vote for 3… Both. But also 4 isn’t so bad 😉 Why ? Well, because there…


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Avira’s Free AV is celebrating 10 years

Quote from the Techblog: “Amazing! Avira’s free antivirus solution, Avira AntiVir Personal available at our www.FreeAV.com web site, is now getting 10 years old! For ten years, we added an additional security layer around companies by protecting the employees personal computers from malware infections for free. Amazon: Bestsellers Electronics and Photo The free version always offered the latest antivirus techniques available, and the best detection rates and superb protection due to heuristics detections. For us that is a good reason to celebrate. For ten days our present to our customers is an additional runtime of 10 months if you buy…



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Why no antivirus for P2P programs ?

I received a nice email with a very good question from Mehdy Mohajery. It is not the first time I am asked the same question. This time I am documenting the answer I always give. Question: I saw you profile on linkedin.com just tonight , and I noticed that you are specialist in both p2p systems and designing security systems. that encouraged me to ask a question from you. As you know, nowadays a lot of viruses are being distributed via p2p networks like KAD & EDonkey. If an anti virus vendor like avira could provide a plug-in for a…


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