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How smart devices are leaving consumer privacy vulnerable

2018 was a big year for consumer privacy as the Cambridge Analytica and Facebook data privacy hearings helped shed further light on the issue. Added to this was the fact that app location tracking and privacy bugs were found in widely-used apps such as Apple’s FaceTime.Smartphones could arguably be the greatest spying device ever created…


2018 was a big year for consumer privacy as the Cambridge Analytica and Facebook data privacy hearings helped shed further light on the issue. Added to this was the fact that app location tracking and privacy bugs were found in widely-used apps such as Apple’s FaceTime.

Smartphones could arguably be the greatest spying device ever created with a camera, microphone and a location tracker all in one place and carried everywhere a user goes. While nation-states have targeted smartphones for traditional spying, it has also become a lucrative way to collect consumer’s personal information.

TechRadar Prospoke with Symantec’s Director of Product Management for Security Response, Kevin Haley to learn more about the firm’s latest report and how businesses and consumers can better protect their privacy online.

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Symantec recently released its latest Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR). Can you give us a little background on the annual report and share some of this year’s findings?

Sure this is a report we’ve been doing for 20 years. It’s our look back at the year and what happened in the threat landscape and it gives us an opportunity to understand what happened and get insight as to what’s going to happen next. 

What are some of the newest targets revealed in the report?

Well we’re seeing a huge focus by attackers on IoT devices. We’re seeing a lot of routers and internet connected cameras being attacked. They’re responsible for about 90 percent of all attacks that we’re seeing. But things that may not register as a huge number are things like industrial control systems, satellite systems and telecoms. Nation state attackers are going after parts of the infrastructure which include things like that and of course that’s a big concern as well.  

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How has the growth of smart home technology left consumers more open to hackers?

Consumers have a lot more devices connected to the Internet in their homes. Those are more opportunities for somebody to get into their home. And this has been a real issue with IoT devices because these devices generally don’t have very good security on them and often consumers put them on and d

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Get up to 60% off Bitdefender’s antivirus packages with this exclusive offer

Amazon Prime Day might now be almost upon us. But if you’re holding out to see what antivirus packages come down in price we can tell you now there is no need. The best antivirus software on the market is currently at a price we can’t see being beaten anytime soon.Offering discounts of up to…


Amazon Prime Day might now be almost upon us. But if you’re holding out to see what antivirus packages come down in price we can tell you now there is no need. The best antivirus software on the market is currently at a price we can’t see being beaten anytime soon.

Offering discounts of up to 60%, Bitdefender is currently available at an incredibly affordable price. There’s two reasons this offer is especially eyecatching. Firstly, TechRadar ranks Bitdefender as the best antivirus software currently available, especially its – Antivirus Plus 2019 software.

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And secondly, this impressive discount is completely exclusive to TechRadar readers, so you won’t find it anywhere else. With the cost starting at effective prices of roughly $1.99/pm and discounts across Bitdefender’s three consumer antivirus packages, there are discounts for every kind of cyber protection need.

You can find more details below about these offers, and see the differences between each of the packages (including how much you’ll be saving with these discounts).

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Our #1 rated antivirus. At a price of just $23.99, this is the most affordable option of the three. With this discounted price you’re saving a pretty impressive total of $36. For that price you’re getting coverage of up to three windows PCs and allowing you to secure your Wi-Fi, get unlimited encrypted traffic and stay anonymous on the web.View Deal

Bitdefender Internet Security 2019|$79.99Now $31.99 (around £25)
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Getting up to speed with AI and Cybersecurity

Andrew Walenstein is the Director, Security Research and Development, BlackBerry Cylance.The first computer virusMany people are unaware that the first computer virus predates the public internet.antivirus cybersecurity solution. How cyberse


Andrew Walenstein is the Director, Security Research and Development, BlackBerry Cylance.

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Antivirus vendor Symantec could be purchased by a company critical to Apple

Broadcom may be set to take another major step forward as it looks to expand behind semiconductors into the software business.A report from Bloomberg has revealed that the company is in advanced talks to acquire cybersecurity firm Symantec according to people familiar with the potential deal.The chipmaker could even reach an a


Broadcom may be set to take another major step forward as it looks to expand behind semiconductors into the software business.

A report fromBloomberghas revealed that the company is in advanced talks to acquire cybersecurity firm Symantec according to people familiar with the potential deal.

The chipmaker could even reach an a

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Avast Business Patch Management review – TechRadar

Keeping Windows and your applications up to date is a vital element of cybersecurity, as it minimizes the time your systems are vulnerable to the latest exploits.Many top applications can handle their own updates, but managing this can be complicated. You might need to allow multiple ‘update’ tools to run permanently in the background, for…


Keeping Windows and your applications up to date is a vital element of cybersecurity, as it minimizes the time your systems are vulnerable to the latest exploits.

Many top applications can handle their own updates, but managing this can be complicated. You might need to allow multiple ‘update’ tools to run permanently in the background, for instance, each of which has to be set up and maintained separately.

Avast Business Patch Management replaces your current collection of individual updaters with a single straightforward platform, delivered as an add-on to any of Avast’s managed antivirus products (Antivirus, Antivirus Pro, Antivirus Pro Plus).

The service can check thousands of supported applications for updates, from 100 top vendors: Adobe, Autodesk, Citrix, Google, Microsoft (Windows and applications), Mozilla, TeamViewer, VMware and more (a PDF of the full application list is here).

  • Want to try Avast Business Patch Management? Check out the website here

You’re able to set up precise rules to define how the update process works, right across your network. You can have Avast Business Patch Management scan for missing patches on all devices at the time and frequency of your choice. Patches may then be deployed when it’s appropriate for the business.

You can further minimize update hassles by only installing the most important patches. Or you might tell the system to ignore some applications entirely, if that works for you, and manage them in some other way.

If you’re running a large network, the real benefit of Avast Business Patch Management could be the reports in its management console. In a click or two, you can view summary stats, highlight missing patches, drill down to installation failures, and more.

Unlike some of the enterprise competition, Avast doesn’t demand thousands of pounds for the service, or ask you to contact it for

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