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Avast launches version 2014

Avast launches version 2014

Avast 2014 represents a significant design overhaul, embracing the flat movement without blatantly imitating Windows 8's signature look. The new version comes with a modern look and feel without compromising the organization of the many security management tools that Avast has been known for. The result is a user experience that caters to both the set-it-and-forget user as well as the more involved and interactive power player.

List of improvements include a more intuitive software version checker, a built-in app store for easier upgrades and access to Avast's other products, and an impressive real-time stat tracker that displays … Read more

Antivirus homepages temporarily hacked by Palestinian activists

Antivirus homepages temporarily hacked by Palestinian activists

On Tuesday morning, popular antivirus vendors AVG and Avira, as well as instant messenger service WhatsApp, all had their respective homepages hijacked by a group of activist hackers. This group later revealed themselves to be the KDMS Team.

The KDMS Team posted the following message, along with a YouTube embed:

MISSION COMPLETED HACKED KDMS TEAM PLAESTINIAN HACKERS Hello World

We Are Here To Deliver Tow Messages

First one:

we want to tell you that there is a land called Palestine on the earth this land has been stolen by Zionist

do you know it ?

Palestinian people has the right to … Read more

Hackers, do your worst! Quasar IV boasts hackproof Android greatness

Hackers, do your worst! Quasar IV boasts hackproof Android greatness

The subject of cell phone security haunts every major mobile player, but none so defiantly throws down the gauntlet to data thieves like the smartphone startup QSAlpha and its Quasar IV "cipherphone."

A self-funded project launched Tuesday through Kickstarter-like Web site Indiegogo, the Quasar IV runs on a security backbone of hardware encryption that promises to only share data -- e-mail, phone calls, and texts -- with others who have a "trusted" identity using the same Quasar IV smartphone.

While the cybersecurity specs command the show (and more on that later), the strangely named Quasar IV … Read more

Safeguard your school year with McAfee and more

Safeguard your school year with McAfee and more

You're a student and you're poor. Because of the cuts in Financial Aid (thanks Obama!), you're working at two different McDonalds across town to pay for that triple dorm room. You have to go back to school soon, but you don't have enough money to buy the tools you need to succeed. You resort to piracy and bam, the FBI is on your tail. You flee to Mexico but run into some trouble with the Federales. They deport your behind back to the States and a judge gives you 15 years and says you shouldn't … Read more

Jumpshot is your frustration-free solution to a cleaner PC

Jumpshot is your frustration-free solution to a cleaner PC

Being computer savvy is both a blessing and a curse. While you're always on top of the latest tech trends and the center of attention at parties (so they say), you're also the first person that everyone bothers with their computer problems. Everybody has at least one friend or family member that is the go-to IT person you always call on whenever you have a problem with your laptop, day or night, 365 days a year. If you don't know of one, you're it, and we feel for you. Jumpshot hopes to make the lives of … Read more

Kaspersky releases 2014 edition of Internet Security and Antivirus

Kaspersky releases 2014 edition of Internet Security and Antivirus

On Tuesday, Kaspersky launched the 2014 release of their Internet Security and Antivirus updates. In addition to a much more polished user interface, Kaspersky brings a slew of under the hood improvements and performance gains across the board. New in 2014 is the Application Control center, a hybrid between a system monitor and task manager that also gives you a trust rating of each running application. For full review or to download a trial, click on the Download button below.

GPGTools offers quick encryption options for OS X Mail

GPGTools offers quick encryption options for OS X Mail

If you regularly send confidential information via e-mail and wish to make it as secure as possible, one option for OS X users is GPGTools, which provides encryption and decryption services for any of your e-mail accounts.

GPGTools is a free and open-source encryption project for OS X, based on OpenPGP, which gives OS X users quick access to options for signing and encrypting e-mail messages, as well as offering file-level services for encrypting documents and folders. The project has been around since 2011, but was recently updated to version 2, and supports a number of new features. The suite … Read more

Gutting and solving the heart of the cards at Def Con 21

Gutting and solving the heart of the cards at Def Con 21

While Def Con packs more events, workshops, and contests than the storage space of a ZIP drive, one of the longest lasting traditions revolves around the mysteries of the conference badge, itself.

This year, Def Con celebrates its 21st birthday with a card-themed cryptographic challenge based on the standard playing card deck -- except this is no ordinary card deck.

Attendees of Def Con 21 are all given custom badges, which are actually elegantly fabricated PCB boards complete with delicately carved copper contact points, mathematical constants, binary numbers, Chinese characters, and more.

In an improved and renewed focus on social … Read more