“Perhaps, as an industry, we’re going insane.” – CyberEdge Group CEO

CyberEdge Group Releases Cyberthreat Defense Report CyberEdge Group, a research and marketing firm serving the security industry’s top vendors, shared the results of its fourth-annual Cyberthreat Defense Report.  Key findings suggest, the security industry may be going insane.  CyberEdge group CEO, Steve Piper states, “If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly and […]

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PC Matic Removes Registry Cleaning Tool From Default Programming

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Registry Cleaning Tool Removed From PC Matic Default Effective immediately, PC Matic will be removing the registry cleaning from the default version of its security software.  The option will remain within PC Matic; however, in order to use it, subscribers will need to enable the feature.  Step-by-step instructions on how to do so, are provided at […]

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Corporations Boost Bitcoin Supply in Preparation for Ransomware Attacks

Companies Are Prepping to Pay Cyber Criminals According to Coin Telegraph, many corporations are preparing for ransomware attacks by increasing their supply of the non-traceable currency, bitcoins.  Since bitcoins are not traceable, it is typically the currency of choice by hackers. Am I the only one who thinks this is absolutely absurd? Malware attacks of […]

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Malware Prevention Tops IT Pros List of Security Priorities

Malware Prevention Deemed Higher Priority Than Detection According to a recent study conducted by Barkley, 51% of IT pros would allocate additional funds to malware prevention over detection and recovery efforts.  This should come as no surprise, considering one in three respondents gave their organizations a failing grade when it comes to prevention of malware […]

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2.2M Voice Recordings Leaked From Children’s Toy, CloudPets

CloudPets Breached Leaving 820k Users Exposed The children’s toy, CloudPets, has been breached, leaving 820,000 users exposed.  This led to an estimated 2.2 million voice recordings between parents and their children being leaked.  What is most shocking is just how avoidable this data breach was. According to Troy Hunt, the platform the toy used, MongoDB, did […]

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3,400 Websites Compromised After Cloudflare Breach

Thousands of Sites Impacted by Cloudflare Breach Cloudflare, a popular content delivery network, was recently breached.  This breach impacted 3,400 websites, including popular sites such as Fitbit and Uber.  A full list of impacted websites has not been released. Cloudflare has made a public statement on their blog, “The bug was serious because the leaked memory […]

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82% of Anti-Virus Consumers Do Not Rely on Third Party Testing

Who Relies on Third Party Testing When Considering Their AV Solution? In a recent survey conducted by PC Matic, participants were asked, “Which of the following independent anti-virus (AV) testing authorities did you consider when choosing your AV solution?” The options provided were Virus Bulletin, AV Comparatives, AV Labs, NSS Labs, SE Labs, Don’t use third party […]

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When It Comes To Computer Security — Ignorance Is Not Bliss

Some people believe ignorance is bliss.  Which may be true, under certain circumstances.  However, I can assure you, one of those circumstances is not computer security. 19.63% Of PC Users Choose Not To Use Security Programs In a recent survey conducted by PC Matic, 19.63% of respondents stated they were not using an anti-virus solution.  […]

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Scammers Obtain Thousands of Employee W-2s After Successful Phishing Attack

Phishing Attack Hits Bloomington Public Schools – Minnesota Star Tribune reported an estimated 2,800 current and former Bloomington Public School employees has their private information stolen after a malicious email scam tricked a school employee to send the information to hackers. The phishing scam requested for all of the 2016 W-2s to be sent to a specific […]

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Uber Online Lottery Scam — You Just Won $1.5M!!!!

Uber Online Lottery Scam The Uber Online Lottery scam is making its way across the nation, claiming recipients have one $1.5 million dollars.  They just need your banking information to “deposit” the funds.  Below is the image that will populate within the scam email. There is not any content that comes within the email, just this […]

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Google Finds Themselves In Hot Water After Courts Rule Against Them

Good Thing Google Has Deep Pockets… The search engine tycoon, Google, was recently ordered to pay $20 million after the courts found they infringed on four different anti-malware patents.  The infringement involved the development of the company’s popular web browser, Chrome. According to The Next Web, the suit originated in 2013 after Alfonso Cioffi and, […]

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New Malvertising Attacks Can Be Prevented With Adblocking Technology

Malvertising Takes Advanced Approach Malvertising, or malicious software that is distributed through advertisements, is taking an advanced approach.  According to Lifars, the cyber criminal group AdGholas, have sophisticated their attack approach leaps and bounds. First, their malicious ad does not infect your PC right away.  It is designed to start obtaining data that they can […]

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More Security Breaches, Why Restaurants Are Becoming The Hacker’s Dream

You may have heard about the recent security breach that impacted fast food giant, Arby’s.  The hackers were able to gain access to Arby’s systems and obtain an estimated 350,000 credit card numbers from customers who visited the restaurant chain from October 2016 to January 2017.  Last year, Wendy’s, another major fast food chain, was hit with a breach […]

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700,000 FBI, DHS and NSA Accounts Breached and Sold on Dark Web

Government Accounts Breached Recent reports claim the police forum, PoliceOne, was successfully breached, leaving over 700,000 user accounts exposed.  These accounts included contacts from the NSA, DHS and FBI.  The breached files reportedly contained usernames, passwords and email addresses.  A PoliceOne official made the following statement to IB Times regarding the breach, “While we store only limited user […]

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What to Expect With the Growing Internet of Things (IoT)

Technology continues to advance, as quickly as on a daily basis.  It can be hard to keep up with all of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, including televisions, appliances, watches, phones, tablets, automobiles, and everything in between. IoT Devices Lack Security One of the biggest concerns as technology continues to advance, is the lack of security for […]

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Uninstalling Unwanted or Unused Programs – Why You Should and How to Do It

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Uninstalling unused or unwanted programs can help your computer in various ways.  By uninstalling these programs you will be, Adding hard drive space Increasing computer speed – By removing programs you’re not using, they won’t have access to run in your background; therefore, increasing PC speeds. Enhancing your computer security – Many times we ignore […]

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Well this is Interesting…

Is Kaspersky in Hot Water?? The Russian newspaper Kommersant recently broke news regarding the arrest of Ruslan Stoyanov, the head of Kaspersky Lab’s investigations unit.  Stoyanov was arrested in December for treason allegations.  It is reported Stoyanov served as a major to the cybercrime unit of Russia’s Ministry of Interior for six years prior to his employment […]

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HP Recalls 101,000 Lithium Batteries Due To Fire Hazards

HP Recalls Thousands of Lithium Batteries HP recently disclosed they will be recalling an estimated 101,000 lithium batteries due to overheating and fire hazards.  According to The Verge, the devices impacted include HP ENVY, HP ProBook, HP Pavilion and Compaq Presario’s that were purchased between March 2013 to October 2016.  HP has created a recall and […]

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Gmail Phishing Attack – Tricking Even the Tech Savvy

Gmail Users Targeted in Phishing Attack A phishing attack, that has been confirmed by Inc. to be in existence for over a year, is gaining awareness.  Gmail users are being targeted by hackers, infiltrating their inboxes.  Once the cyber criminals gain access to a persons email account, they have the ability to review all recent incoming and outgoing messages.  […]

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Love Our Newsletter? Read Additional Articles Here

You Love Our Content?? Gee–Thanks! We recently conducted a survey to obtain feedback on various aspects of the weekly PC Pitstop newsletter.  After reviewing the data, I found a few things particularly interesting.  Out of the 454 participants, the responses were filtered down to those who consistently open the newsletter and find the content relevant to their […]

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Testing Proves Most AV Solution’s Proactive Detection Is Plummeting

Proactive Detection Rates Over Last 12 Months As technology advances, you would think your anti-virus would too, right?  After all, that too is technology.  However Stu Sjouwerman from KnowBe4, recently posted an article regarding the plummeting proactive detection rates for most security solutions.  Stu stated, “You would expect that with modern machine-learning techniques, proactive protection […]

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Fareit Malware Returns With A Vengeance

The malicious software named “Fareit” has returned, and with a vengeance.  Fareit malware focuses on breaching your computer’s security, in an effort to obtain critical login credentials. The History of Fareit This particular form of malware was discovered in 2012, but has continued morphing throughout the years in an attempt to bypass anti-virus protection. Historically, […]

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Application Whitelisting – Our Nation’s Solution to Cyber Security Crisis

Application Whitelisting–Our Nation’s Solution? Never in our history has cyber security been a bigger threat than it is now.  Whether it is our computers, smart phones, tablets, televisions, smart watches, etc., they’re all at risk.  Recent reports stated, over 3 million users were exposed to malware in the fourth quarter of 2016, almost a 23% […]

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Cleaning Your Computer’s Registry — Is It Necessary?

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What is a Registry? Before going into detail about cleaning your computer’s registry, first I want to discuss your registry is.  The registry within your PC holds details about every piece of your computer.  For instance where programs are stored, which programs are in your Start menu, which programs have shared applications, and so much […]

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One Red Flag Tells You These Support Scams Are Fake

Tech support scams are all over.  One of the most popular are scams occurring includes cyber criminals posing as Microsoft’s technical support.  This isn’t a new scam, but remains widely used. Microsoft BSoD Support Scams For those who are unaware, the Microsoft BSoD (Blue Screen of Death) tech support scam is a screen that takes over your PC, […]

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Punishments for Cyber Criminals – Or Lack Thereof

We must find a way to catch cyber criminals who continue to victimize businesses and home computer users, worldwide.  Cyber criminals made $1 billion in ransomware payments alone in 2016. If and when these hackers are caught, what is an adequate punishment? Punishment For Cyber Criminals – Or Lack Thereof Krasimir Nikolova, a Bulgarian native, was extradited to the […]

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Network World Weighs in on Malwarebytes’ Accusations of PC Matic Being a PUP/PUA

“Never Disable A Competitor” In an opinion piece on Network World, Andy Patrizio broke down the current situation between our company PC Pitstop and Malwarebytes. Andy believes that an anti-malware product should never disable a competitor and he even dinged Microsoft for doing that in the past. He also states that, “The idea that one Microsoft security partner would […]

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