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Volume 01 Issue 08 – 20th December 2020

YOU DECIDE WHETHER IT IS A FAKE OR A REAL WEBLINK/URL!

How to determine a URL is a fake or real?

#1 Pay Close Attention to the URL: Have a look at the URL when you visit a website or before clicking a link and verify whether it is a real website. URLs of some phishing sites pretend to be quite genuine and safe with the use of appearance of the real site, tricky spellings, sub domains, short URLs and SSL certificates.

#2 Check Connection Security Indicators: You may determine the safety of a website by checking what protocol it comes with. If the protocol is ‘https’, it is more secure than a URL with ‘http’. Especially when you engage in businesses with e-commerce (online transactions happening) websites, additional security should be considered and prioritized. Therefore, NEVER PROVIDE your personal information or credit card details to a site if you can’t find ‘https’ there. Among the security indicators, the Padlock icon or the EV name badge / Green address bar as shown below play an important role to certify the connection security.

#3 Look for Trust Seals

#4 Expand the shortened links

#5 Google Safe Browsing Transparency Report

#6 URL may consist of a bunch of strange characters

View details and more tips

did-you-know

Google processes over 3.5 billion searches per day.

https://www.internetlivestats.com/

The number of malware attacks declined for the first time since 2016

The number of new malware attacks declined for the first time since 2015. According to SonicWall’s 2020 Cyber Threat Report, the company detected 9.9 million malware attacks in 2019, compared to 10.5 million in 2018.
https://www.comparitech.com/antivirus/malware-statistics-facts/

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Tips To Stay Safe Online

  1. Create Complex Passwords
  2. Boost Your Network Security
  3. Use a Firewall
  4. Practice Safe Surfing & Shopping
  5. Keep your guard up

Microsoft exposes Adrozek, malware that hijacks
Chrome, Edge, and Firefox

Microsoft says that at its peak, Adrozek had controlled more than 30,000 devices a day.https://www.zdnet.com/google-amp/article/microsoft-exposes-adrozek-malware-that-hijacks-chrome-edge-and-firefox/

New Injection Technique Exposes Data in PDFs

The new code-injection technique essentially allows hackers to inject code to launch dangerous XSS (cross-site scripting) attacks within the bounds of a PDF document.
https://www.securityweek.com/new-injection-technique-exposes-data-pdfs?&web_view=true

Multiple Vulnerabilities in Google Chrome

Multiple vulnerabilities have been identified in the Google Chrome desktop version which could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary codes, bypass security restrictions, or disclose sensitive information.
https://www.cert.gov.lk/alert_info.php?id=190


Threatening her to fulfil his needs

 

 

Darshi was a final year university student, who was specializing ‘Drama & Theatre’. Meanwhile, she was applying for jobs in the same field advertised on the internet, planning to join them as soon as she completed her degree.

One early morning, she found an email but she couldn’t remember that she applied for vacancies in this Company as she had applied for a lot by then. Anyway she thought that this would be a great opportunity during the time even some degree holders were unemployed. She was so happy and eager to contact them via Skype.

This changed the whole story…

See full story…

‘Snowden’ is a simplistic, but important, reminder of NSA spying

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlSAiI3xMh4
Disillusioned with the intelligence community, top contractor Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) leaves his job at the National Security Agency. He now knows that a virtual mountain of data is being assembled to track all forms of digital communication — not just from foreign governments and terrorist groups, but from ordinary Americans. When Snowden decides to leak this classified information, he becomes a traitor to some, a hero to others and a fugitive from the law.

SOLAR-POWERED ELECTRIC CAR THAT ‘NEVER NEEDS CHARGING’ SELLS OUT IN 24 HOURS

https://youtu.be/HNjUdTJjiNk?t=9

The makers of a $26,000 solar-powered electric car that they claim never needs charging have sold out the first batch within 24 hours.

California based startup Aptera describes its three-wheeled car as “the world’s first Never Charge solar electric vehicle”, and boasts a range of up to 1,000 miles (1,600km).
https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/solar-power-electric-car-aptera-b1769879.html

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Awareness Programmes

A Hithawathi awareness session was held on 14th December 2020 during the Joomla Training Programme for the teachers and students of the Hatton educational zonal schools , organized by Webcomms Global.