Email Security Equals Business Security

With the exponential growth in the amount of business that is conducted over the Internet, email security is of utmost importance. In addition to malicious viruses that can cause thousands of dollars in damage and lost productivity, spam can provide a means for cybercriminals to enter your computer system, resulting in stolen data and irreparable damage. Once these miscreants compromise your email security, they can access private information or hack into your website, shutting it down completely or changing it in ways that can result in lost time, money, and sales. Spam bots can be placed on your system, enabling spammers to exploit your resources and send spam from your IP address. This is why an anti-malware package with a good spam filter is so important.

Gartner Predictions said that 75% of businesses would be infected by malware by the end of 2007. The number of criminals who use spam to conduct their crimes continues to grow. The odds of avoiding attack are against any business that does not have a strong anti-malware package with an up-to-date spam filter in place to ensure email security. According to Sophos, 6,000 new web pages are infected every day, and yours could be next.  Moreover, it could be days or weeks before you even find out.

Use the Best Anti-Malware Package to Ensure Email Security

With so many email-based threats able to compromise your ability to run your business, you cannot afford to purchase the wrong anti-malware package. There are a number of highly sophisticated packages on the market that can guarantee email security. However, cheaper is not always better, and a poorly designed spam filter can be worse than having no protection at all. The right package is one that will evolve to meet each new Internet threat as it appears.

Just as cybercriminals make a career of finding new ways to compromise your computer security and profit from the private information on your system, anti-malware developers are also continuously developing and upgrading their products. Spam and Internet crimes are not static, and your protection should not be, either. Your spam filter should update often to meet each new threat, and your entire package should be upgraded regularly with the latest technology.   Your email security depends on it!

Adobe number one target for hackers

In the first quarter of 2010, Adobe products were the number one target for hackers.  It is believed the reason for this is because of the multi-platform capability of Adobe products like Flash and Acrobat PDF.   Many users are not aware of the dangers of opening PDF files from unknown parties.

The Adobe Reader & Acrobat exploit Pdfka was by far the most common at 42.97%.  Combining two of the most common exploits for Adobe products yields almost 50% of the total exploits found in that quarter.  Many Adobe users do not frequently update their software to the latest versions much less apply recent patches.

Malware Statistics for April 2010

Monthly Malware Statistics: April 2010

Malicious programs detected on users’ computers

The first Top Twenty lists malicious programs, adware and potentially unwanted programs that were detected and neutralized when accessed for the first time, i.e. by the on-access scanner.

Position Change in position Name Number of infected computers
1 0 Net-Worm.Win32.Kido.ir 330025
2 0 Virus.Win32.Sality.aa 208219
3 0 Net-Worm.Win32.Kido.ih 183527
4 0 Net-Worm.Win32.Kido.iq 172517
5 0 Worm.Win32.FlyStudio.cu 125714
6 2 Virus.Win32.Virut.ce 70307
7 New Exploit.JS.CVE-2010-0806.i 68172
8 -2 Trojan-Downloader.Win32.VB.eql 64753
9 2 Worm.Win32.Mabezat.b 51863
10 5 Trojan-Dropper.Win32.Flystud.yo 50847
11 -1 Worm.Win32.AutoIt.tc 49622
12 New Exploit.JS.CVE-2010-0806.e 45070
13 -4 Packed.Win32.Krap.l 44942
14 New Trojan.JS.Agent.bhr 36795
15 2 not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.RK.aw 36408
16 Return Trojan.Win32.Autoit.ci 35877
17 -1 Virus.Win32.Induc.a 31846
18 New Trojan.JS.Zapchast.dj 30167
19 Return Packed.Win32.Black.a 29910
20 Return Worm.Win32.AutoRun.dui 28343
Source: Kaspersky Lab

Is Windows more secure than Mac?

I always loved Apple commercials for the Mac, it was always fun to see the new jab they would take a Microsoft.  I specifically got a chuckle out of the claims the Mac is so super secure and Windows was plagued with security issues.

In reality though, Mac OS has more vulnerabilities on a month to month basis than Microsoft Windows.  I brought up this in a previous post Apple Joins the Army and referenced an article with the exact statistics.  If I remember correctly, the average monthly vulnerabilities on the Mac platform was five times higher than Microsoft Windows.

I was reading this article today about Marc Maiffret, an ex-hacker who turned professional.  Featured in People Magazine’s 30 People under 30, he is definitely someone to listen to.  I immediately thought of Kevin Mitnick but that’s another story.  Marc is a co-founder for eEye Digital Security and now works as Chief Security Architect at FireEye.

He goes on to mention that he believes Microsoft does a better job auditing their code than Apple.  I would take this further in the fact many Mac users do not take security serious and many do not run any third party security products.  Until recently, many security vendors did not create products for Mac OS.  Apple commercials would you lead you to believe the Mac is super security and not vulnerable to hackers, viruses, and other forms of malicious software.

Apple has two things in their favor regarding security.  Mac OS is based on Unix, and inherits a lot of security developed over the many years.  The second reason I think is more significant, no one used to care about hacking the Mac OS outside of academic reasons.  As of December 2009, Microsoft Windows had over 92% market share compared to Mac OS at just over 5%.  Hacks built for the Windows OS can reach a larger user base and yield an exponentially higher ROI to hackers.

Although I am a big fan of Firefox (albeit far from perfect) Microsoft made impressive improvements with the security of Internet Explorer.  Ever since Bill Gates released his Trustworthy Computing memo in January 2002, Microsoft has shown significant attention to security.

Malware Statistics – March 2010

Malicious programs detected on users’ computers
Top twenty malicious programs detected on users computers throughout the month of March.

Position
Change in position
Name
Number of infected computers

1
0
Net-Worm.Win32.Kido.ir
332833

2
0
Virus.Win32.Sality.aa
211229

3
0
Net-Worm.Win32.Kido.ih
186685

4
0
Net-Worm.Win32.Kido.iq
181825

5
0
Worm.Win32.FlyStudio.cu
121027

6
0
Trojan-Downloader.Win32.VB.eql
68580

7
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