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Ransomware Is Top Malware Threat in 2020

What is it?

Ransomware is one of the types of dangerous malicious software that uses cryptology. It can be destructive because it threatens to publish the data of the victim, or completely block access to it unless the victim pays a set ransom.

What does it do?

Some of the simple ransomware families lock the system, which for a knowledgeable person is not that hard to reverse. On the other hand, more advanced malware uses the crypto extortion technique, where the malware encrypts the files and makes them inaccessible while demanding a ransom payment for their retrieval. In a complete and proper crypto extortion attack, recovering the files without a key is impossible. In addition, it is difficult to trace digital currencies like Ukash, Bitcoin. Cryptocurrencies like these are most often used for the ransoms. Therefore, tracing and prosecuting the perpetrators behind the cybercrime is extremely difficult.

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How does it operate?

Trojans usually carry out the ransomware attacks, disguised as legitimate files the user downloads or opens. They often come as email attachments. However, one example of this malicious software, known as the WannaCry worm, traveled automatically from one computer to another without any user interaction.

When did it start?

The first ransomware attack recorded took place in 1989. However, starting from around 2012, their volumes have grown around the globe. In total, there have been around 181.5 million ransomware attacks in the first six months of 2018 alone, which is staggering. This is a 229% increase over the same period of the previous year, 2017. In June of 2013, McAfee released information that they had collected more than double the number of ransomware samples that quarter alone than they had in the same quarter in 2012.

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Which viruses are the most dangerous?

There are and have been many ransomware types out there. CryptoLocker was a very successful example. Its authors managed to accumulate around the US $3 million before the authorities busted them. In addition, CryptoWall is thought to have gained the US $18 million by June of 2015, according to US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Now, arguably the worst one is the Gandcrab virus. Gandcrab 5.2 is the latest version of this nefarious malware. It encrypts files after which the criminals behind it try to extort money to recover them back to normal so that your computer goes back to its original operations. You can decrypt files locked by older versions of Gandcrab virus yourself, and there are threads online on how to do it. However, it is difficult and there is no guarantee you will get everything back. Gandcrab 5.2 is not decyptable for now.

5 Biggest Online Threats to Be Wary Of in 2020

The internet is a fantastic place that makes our lives a lot better and easier. However, it can also be a dangerous place if you don’t take the necessary measures of precaution. Apart from being able to watch cute and funny cat videos and have access to all of the world’s information, you could also become a victim and have your money or data stolen. According to TechJury, security breaches are not only dangerous, but absolutely devastating to anyone who experiences them.

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To help you stay safe, we’ve created a list of the biggest online threats to be worried about in 2020.

Botnets

Botnets are one of the most common online threats. They might look harmless and benign, but they can do a lot of damage.

Basically, botnets create a system of infected computers that become controlled by the attacker. However, they don’t show any symptoms of infection and continue to work normally.

Botnets usually send spam emails, spread malware, and perform DDoS attacks. Just in the first quarter of 2018, the share of botnets rose from 29% to 34%.

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Hacking

Hacking is the most well-known type of online threat. Everyone knows about it thanks to numerous Hollywood movies.

Hacking is the act of someone gaining unauthorized access to your devices. Hackers can then gain access to your sensitive information, steal your bank account data, or infect your computer with harmful data.

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Sometimes, these attacks are done in a targeted way and other times they are performed on a massive scale. In 2018, for example, around 50 million Facebook accounts were affected by just one attack which is one of the most serious online threats to date.

Malware

Malware is a harmful software that is most likely to infect your devices because they are easy to create and distribute. They are usually built in suspicious or obscure software that appears to be legitimate, suspicious websites, and even ads and banners that you find on legitimate sites.

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Some of the examples include viruses, worms, trojans, adware, and spyware. To protect yourself, stay away from third-party app stores, be careful about websites you visit, and be particularly diligent about what email and other attachments and files you download.

Pharming and Phishing

Pharming and phishing are types of online frauds that online scam artists use to steal sensitive information from the internet users. Pharming is done by creating a malicious website that looks almost exactly the same as the legitimate one you’re looking for. If you enter any personal data on that website, such as your password, the hackers will immediately get hold of it.

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Phishing has the same goal as pharming, but it is done differently. Online scam artists usually act like a legitimate company or a service and try to trick you into disclosing your personal information. For example, they send fake emails, text messages, and even call people. If you want to know how to avoid fake emails, click here.

WiFi Eavesdropping

Did you know that you are under a bigger threat of cyber attacks when you are connected to public WiFi connections? WiFi eavesdropping is one of the most serious online threats today.

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This is an act of intercepting information that is shared over unsecured WiFi networks. A hacker might potentially gain access to your device and steal your personal information, including passwords.

Therefore, if you frequently use public WiFi connections, make sure to have your anti-virus and firewall turned on.

Top 5 Computer Viruses for Windows in 2020

Everyone who used PC for even once has heard of computer viruses and knows that viruses are not something good. In order to prevent computer viruses invading your PC, you should regularly check-up your computer`s health. Most of the times, virus invasions can be fixed by installing an antivirus program and scanning your files and system.

However, sometimes that is not going to be enough. In some cases, the result can be a total disaster. Then, your PC becomes unusable and you can only throw it away, and acquire another. Furthermore, these viruses can do even more damage by stealing your personal data. We are going to introduce you to the five most dangerous computer viruses as of 2020.

Computer Virus #1: Code Red

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Code red is a computer virus that emerged in the early `00s. It was stumbled upon by eEye Digital Security employees. It was named after a drink called Code Red Mountain Drew that was consumed by two persons that discovered this virus. The modus operandi for this one is that it multiplies itself so much that eats all of the resources of the computer.

The virus itself is not leaving almost any trace on the hard disk, by running on the memory almost entirely. It has one of the most unforgettable symptoms. It is the message displayed behind the websites that are hacked by this virus. It shows a blank page with a sentence that says: “Hacked by Chinese”.

Computer Virus #2: .Adobe Ransomware

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.Adobe Ransomware is a computer virus that is considered to be a spin-off of Dharma Ransomware, a data locker that appeared for the first time in late 2018. The virus enters the Windows Registry and launches and represses all the process in the whole of the operating system. It locks and encrypts files. Luckily, there is a solution to this virus, and you can find ransomware virus removal instructions on the internet.

This virus is targeting a lot of types of files and data:

 

  • Image Files
  • Video Files
  • Banking Credentials
  • Personal Data
  • Audio Files
  • Backup Files

 

Computer Virus #3: ILOVEYOU

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Now, we are going to talk about a virus that is considered to be one of the most dangerous you can pick up while surfing on the internet. Its name is ILOVEYOU. As of today, this virus made serious damage to various systems all over the world. Recently, there was a research that had the task of finding out how much damage this virus caused. It was ten billion dollars. Yes, it was that high.

It is believed that around ten percent of all computers that are connected to the internet were infected by ILOVEYOU. There are two creators of this virus, two Filipino programmers, Onel de Guzman, and Reonel Ramones. Since there weren`t any laws against malware, the two of them were never charged for anything.

Computer Virus #4: Melissa

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A virus named after an exotic dancer, Melissa, is probably one of the best-known computer viruses. It was created in 1999, by David Smith. Its first form was a Word document that was infected and put on a group called alt.se* UseNet. If a PC user clicks on it, the virus will enter his computer and start spreading through the computer.

Almost immediately, Melissa will mail itself to fifty contacts from the address book of the user, and by that, spread itself to other machines. The virus caused around 80 million dollars of damage. The creator, David Smith was arrested. He collaborated with the FBI in arresting other computer virus creators. Probably, the most famous was an arrest of the creator of Anna Kournikova virus.

Computer Virus #5: Zeus

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Zeus is a computer virus that was identified in 2009. It is a trojan that attacks the operating system and performs numerous criminal acts, such as form grabbing and browser keylogging. Most of the machines that were infected by this one, were infected via phishing scams or drive-by downloads. Zeus attacked many computers of big banks and corporations, like Amazon, Cisco, etc.

There is no precise information about the damage it caused. Still, we have some information. In the United States, about 25% of all PC was infected by this virus, and the damage was around 1 million dollars. In eastern Europe, there was its operations resulted in 70 million dollars of damage. Around a hundred people were arrested in the process.

What Can Save the Day for MacBook Pro in 2020?

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MacBook Air Retina turned the MacBooks lineup into a terrible mess, and choosing a laptop from the Cupertino company is now a real quest. For example, MacBook Air Retina and no-Touch Bar MacBook Pro are in fact identical!

MacBook Pro 4th generation is already two years old, and it hasn’t seen many upgrades since. Besides, Pro users didn’t like the innovative Touch Bar much; the sensor strip with just a few usage scenarios turned out to be all bell and whistles.

It’s time for Apple’s engineers and marketers to break through and roll out really great improvements for the MacBook Pro lineup; unless they can turn the laptop into a real powerhouse, the legend will die.

 

Touchscreen

In 2020, the touchscreen is a must-have for artistic laptops. Apple allegedly patented touchscreens in MacBooks and iMacs back in 2010, but never introduced this feature, much to fans’ disappointment. Instead, the company boosted the iPad up to the iPad Pro, packing it with state-of-the-art hardware and features. However great this tablet may be, it can’t compete with a laptop in many ways, partly because of its overheating and throttling.

Many artists in search of better working experience are switching to the Windows Surface Books (with Windows 10) instead. Although Windows 10 is another sad story, users are willing to sacrifice the comfort of macOS or iOS to enjoy the latest technologies. It’s time to turn the tide, Apple!

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2-in-1 Laptop with 360-Degree Rotation

Nowadays, the touchscreen comes hand in hand with rotated displays. The 2-in-1 hybrid laptops can operate as tablets as well. Their displays can rotate, turn around, and close with the screen up. But once this feature is implemented, it could ruin Apple’s green-conscious policy, because recycled aluminum wouldn’t do for the hinge mechanism; hinges should be made of harder metal for longer life.

Remember, Apple is now investing heavily in the iPad Pro and accessories to axe this business with the 2-in-1 MacBook Pro.

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17-inch MacBook Pro

Following the arrival of Retina display, Apple pulled the plug on large screen MacBooks. Marketers probably concluded that users would prefer to use external displays instead.

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The issue is that an external display is not always available. (Looking at the monitor while typing on a laptop is a hell of a trick, and it takes some time to master the skill.)  A larger MacBook Pro would solve the problem. I don’t know a photographer who would edit the snaps while literally balancing the laptop on their lap; they’d rather find a steady flat surface. Besides, not every MacBook Pro buyer is a traveling photographer; designers usually work at offices. They would certainly appreciate the lack of wires.

New Keyboard

We need an absolutely new keyboard! No butterfly mechanism, please! It’s a bliss to type on, but a nightmare to clean. A dust speckle can ruin an ultra-thin key in no time. Apple came up with merely a short manual, along with advice to always have a pressurized air can at hand. Then the company brought the notorious keyboard to the MacBook Air Retina with a little improvement. Why not bring the Smart Keyboard Folio to the next MacBook Pro? The keyboard is a continuous sheet of fabric with no openings, that’s laser-cut to form the shape of each key. The haptic mechanism inside lets a user know if a key is pressed. Spilled liquids, crumbs, and dust would never ruin it. It’s an ideal solution for a MacBook Pro.

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More Robust Body

Aluminum (and in this case recycled aluminum) is too soft a material to house the precious hardware. According to many reviews and feedback, one can easily scratch or dent an expensive laptop, even in a protective sleeve or cover. Although it’s not a big deal unless you ’re going to sell your used MacBook Pro, many users love the impeccable look of their laptops.

Apple will have to choose between staying green and staying loyal to its millions of users. Obviously, something should be done about the MacBook casing, or sales will continue shrinking.

Top 5 Smartphones To Expect In 2020

2020 is going to be the smash-hit year for smartphone lovers. With the world of smartphones evolving at a rapid pace, there is always something waiting to be launched. Folding phones which are the most anticipated trend, pop up selfie camera to make displays even bigger, in-display fingerprint scanners and a bunch of rear cameras, we will be witnessing many new advancements in the market along with higher specifications.

So, if you are planning to upgrade your smartphone in 2020, here is a list of the best 5 smart phones that are expected to be introduced this year. Good news for you, Bydiscountcodes.co.uk will come up with potentially every voucher and deal to help you buy any of these smartphones at discounted prices.

#1 Samsung S10 and S10+

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Samsung is expected to release a new phone in its flagship series, S10 and S10+. This new handset is tipped to come with an infinity display, three rear cameras, integrated 5G network connectivity and probably a vibrating display for audio. Nevertheless, we may have to wait a couple of months to get hands on this smartphone.

#2 OnePlus 7

According to the rumours, OnePlus 7 is slated to release this year in May or June. OnePlus too will follow industry trends on headphone ports, display notches and on-screen fingerprint sensor. Moreover, the flagship will run on the latest Qualcomm platform along with 10GB or more RAM. The company plans to come up with two variants: one with 4G LTE and another with 5G connectivity.

#3 Apple iPhone XI

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We don’t know what Apple will call its next iPhone, but we already know that it is not going to be a 5G phone. Apple plans on integrating three back cameras and augmented reality functioning in its latest iPhone, and probably there will be not much of a change in design. However, Apple is expected to release out its first 5G handset in 2020.

#4 Nokia 9

Nokia 9 has been in rumours for a long time since 2017, but now it is anticipated to be launched in 2019. The leaked video of this flagship confirmed that the phone will have 5 Zeiss cameras on the back and a 5.99 inch display. We still don’t know what are these cameras for, but we assume that they are for ultra-wide and macro shots.

#5 Sony XZ4

Sony hasn’t announced anything about its latest flagship yet, but we are presuming it to be XZ4. Sony is likely to equip XZ4 with the Snapdragon 855 hardware to make it the most powerful phone. A system of three cameras will be a huge change, and you can expect better zoom, wide angle and low light photos.

#6 Honor View 20

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Honor recently launched its first smartphone with a ‘hole punch’ display in China. There will be in-display hole in the phone for the front camera, which is going to be the big trend for 2019. The smartphone will also have a 48 MP rear camera. Offering technologically advanced yet economical priced handset, this is going to be trend setter in 2020.

 

Academic Assignments As Easy As ABC: 2020 Top Educational Tools for Students

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The world has never been more competitive than it is at the moment. The one field that has been significantly impacted by the revolution in technology is education. While the internet took over libraries and tablets replaced notebooks, students right from their school days are constantly under pressure to achieve the best.

While parents and teachers often express their worries that technology might be killing creativity, there are many ways in which they could be an aid in education. These educational tools are aimed to make students be free from stress and concentrate more on improving their skill in every element, at the same time working on aspects like time management and organizational skills.

Every day new accessories for schools and students are sprouting up everywhere. So here let us see which educational tools are the best for students in 2020, as approved by educational specialists.

1. EssayPro

One of the areas where students and teachers find wearying alike is when it comes to writing long essays. With such abundant information available at your fingertips, it is challenging to create authentic content that is not plagiarised.

EssayPro is a writing platform that offers valued assistance to students and professionals, not only to create excellent content but also to ensure that your essays are grammatically devoid of any errors. Whether you are in urgent need for an assignment or need a quick essay writer assistance, EssayPro is the best service currently available that guarantees that your academic writing and school works are top-notch. You can always depend on the tool to provide you with an outcome that exceeds your expectations and is delivered on time.

2. Thinglink

Today with most of the learning done with digital devices, it is essential to make it interactive and get the best out of it. With Thinglink, now all the visual aids like images and videos could be made even better.

Thinglink lets you annotate images and videos easily. With this tool, you no longer have to wait to get the image printed to annotate it. It is effortless to jot down your thoughts at the exact moment it comes to you, on a particular point in the video or a portion of an image.

3. Seesaw

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Seesaw is an online platform that emphasizes on student engagement. Students can share their works with their peers and parents with this single tool. It is free for students and teachers and is an encouraging program that lets parents see their children’s work displayed. Schools can also avail this with a minimal fee.

Seesaw also has an activity library from which students and teachers can find inspiration for learning. With this portfolio, students are urged to be more creative and take pride in the projects they do.

4. Flipgrid

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Flipgrid is changing the way students communicate over digital platforms most effectively. It is available for both students and teachers. The site has features t raise discussion topics, post video recordings and showcase other creative crafts.

It brings together students from different countries and encourages them to develop both their communication and learning skills. It is used not only at the school level but even by college and HD students to communicate and network with diverse choices to verbalize and share their thoughts.

5. AdmitHub

Finding the right college for you is one of the most difficult times that students face as they approach their high school graduation. AdmitHub makes the whole process of choosing the college and admissions effortless. Partnering up with schools and colleges, the platform provides efficient communication between both the parties.

Students can chat to find any information they need from finishing their admission essays to finding the dorms. The site hopes to bring more features to make the journey to colleges smoother in the following years.

In Conclusion

Technology is transforming the way learning is being perceived. These tools are focused on relieving students, teachers, and families of the constant weight of academical pressure and make education fun and inspiring instead. Keep in mind these amazing platforms and encourage kids to make use of them. You are only a few clicks away from revamping the way we learn.

If you need to know more about how technology can alter and affect students, check out the other articles on this website.

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