week in security

A week in security (March 29 – April 4)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, our podcast featured Malwarebytes senior security researcher JP Taggart, who talked to us about why you need to trust your VPN.

You’ve likely heard the benefits of using a VPN: You can watch TV shows restricted to certain countries, you can encrypt your web traffic on public WiFi networks, and, importantly, you can obscure your Internet activity from your Internet Service Provider, which may use that activity for advertising.

But obscuring your Internet activity—including the websites you visit, the searches you make, the files you download—doesn’t mean that a VPN magically disappears those things. It just means that the VPN itself gets to see that information instead.

On Malwarebytes Labs, we also wrote about six social media safety sins to say goodbye to, and we advised Steam users not to fall for the “I accidentally reported” scam that is making rounds right now. We also covered how a 5G slicing vulnerability could be used in DoS attacks, the one reason your iPhone needs a VPN, what you need to know about malicious commits found in PHP code repository, the latest ransomware attacking schools, called PYSA, and we tried to report on the npm netmask vulnerability in a way that anyone can actually understand it.

Finally, we looked at the latest Android “System Update” malware that steals photos, videos, GPS location, and we thought it was time to cool down some fervor and say that, you know what, Internet password books are OK.

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Stay safe!