Hacked! Will your anti-malware protect you from targeted attacks?

The news isn't good. Discover your best options in our latest reports. Latest reports now online. Criminals routinely create ingenious scams and indiscriminate attacks designed to compromise the unlucky and, occasionally, foolish. But sometimes they focus on a specific target rather than casting a net wide in the hope of landing something interesting. Targeted attacks can range from basic,
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Network appliances vs. targeted attacks

There have been so many publicised data breaches in 2017 that we didn't even have enough space in our latest report to provide a basic summary. In many cases a business network was breached. Business networks comprise endpoints (usually Windows PCs), servers, Point of Sale computers and a range of other devices. Latest reports now online. In this report (PDF) we explore the effectiveness of
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Quick Excel Tip: VLOOKUP

Excel's VLOOKUP feature lets you turn it into a sort-of database. If you use Excel to manage projects, invoices or other tasks where you enter the same set of contact details you can semi-automate the process using a handy function called VLOOKUP. It's extremely handy but many descriptions I've read have been a little brain-bending so here's my cheat sheet. Take the following breakdown of
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100% Certifiable

Whether you're in the market for a car, hamburger or computer security product, certifications are useful. They don't tell you how smooth the car drives, how tasty the sandwich is or how completely accurate the anti-virus software will be, but certifications indicate a general level of competence. Latest reports now online. In the UK new cars must be certified by the Vehicle Certification
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Who certifies the certifiers?

At SE Labs we test security software and services methodically, realistically and in great detail. Or, at least, we claim to. But how does anyone really know? Testing can be a very process-driven task. If you are going to be fair to every product undergoing a test you need to be consistent with how you run the test as a whole and how you test each individual product. It's probably best carried
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Email hosted protection tested

Our first cloud-based email protection report is now available. Email provides a route right into the heart of our computers, phones and other devices. As such, it is frequently abused to perform a variety of attacks against potential victims of cybercrime. Latest report now online. The sophistication of attacks vary but many rely on our almost unbreakable instinct to open, read and interact
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Can Microsoft Solve Security?

Windows is becoming increasingly secure. Does this spell the end of third-party security products and services? Follow the herd There is a well-regarded theory that, when a certain number of a community is immunised against a contagious disease, the rest of the community benefits from the reduced opportunity of an outbreak. Enough people are immune that a disease can't run rampant through the
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Review: ImmuniWeb On-Demand Application Security Testing

What do a start-up, small business and enterprise have in common? They all have one or more websites. That's not a very humorous punchline, but the security implications of managing business websites aren't funny either. In an age when extremely large organisations are being hacked, as well as specialist security companies, website security could not be a more serious business. Throw into
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Next-generation firewalls: latest report

Using layers of security is a well-known concept designed to reduce the chances of an attacker succeeding in breaching a network. If one layer fails, others exist to mitigate the threat. Latest reports now online. In this report (PDF) we explore the effectiveness of network appliances designed to detect and block attacks against endpoint systems. The systems we have tested here are popular
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Can anti-malware be 100 per cent effective?

You can probably guess the answer, but we'll explore how products can score very well in tough tests, and which are the best. Latest reports now online There are a lot of threats on the web, and going online without protection is very risky. We need good, consistently effective anti-malware products to reduce our risk of infection. And the ones included in these reports look great – in fact,
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