Safety Detective Interview

Safety Detective: How did you get started in the cybersecurity industry?

Mauro Celentano: I started almost 10 years ago as an engineer; security and privacy in the IT field have always fascinated me. I knew that one day the World Wide Web would have become popular among the people and that the privacy and security of sensitive personal data would be critical.

I developed most of my skills in cybersecurity working as Director in Defenx, a company which joined the London Stock Exchange in 2015 and of with whom I am a shareholder.

SD: For whom does your company focus on providing cybersecurity?

MC: We provide services to end-users as well as to companies like SeaGate, Western Digital, Turkish Telecom, and computer manufacturers. We provide SDK and white label services to companies so they can integrate security into their software products. We believe that security is a right, and we want to offer our solutions at competitive prices; in this way also developing countries with emerging economies can afford our services.

SD: What does your company do to help protect end-users?

MC: We started in mobile cybersecurity because we believe that within the next 15 years, mobile will become just as mainstream as desktops or servers. Data is very sensitive right now, which is why we provide these kinds of services. When the company develops its own software, they can integrate our technology and use all our tools to keep their data secure and private. We are investing a lot in R&D right now and are developing a new kind of product, for both desktop and mobile—mostly based on new technology like AI, machine learning, and blockchain.

SD: What do you feel is the worst cyber threat to end-users today? 

MC: We believe that ransomware is a huge threat because, although earlier, hackers would attack your device to steal your personal information and resell it, right now, they do this to steal money. We also see an increase in crypto mining, which uses the victim’s device to make money and destroy their hardware. We think that in the next year, IoT technology, like smart devices that help monitor homes or save time, will become a focus for this kind of attack because there is no built-in security.

SD: Is Defenx developing new technologies to protect smart home devices or other IoT?

MC: Yes, we are developing new ideas which are still at the testing stage, but the main role has to be played by the OEMs that created these smart devices. The biggest problem about smart home devices is that they lack in software security, which means we are not provided with any regulation or standard to use to build a security solution on these devices. We are trying to build software instead of putting hardware in the network; this will hopefully lead us to have a stable version in one year from now.

SD: How do you see cybersecurity developing in the next five years?

MC: I think AI, machine learning, and blockchain will hold a big role in developing new cybersecurity solutions. Right now, we are still adapting to the pitfalls of the World Wide Web and most of the users are unaware of how important is to keep their devices protected. In the future, we will get used to digitally locking our devices and personal data just like we lock our doors at night.

original article on Safety Detective blog

How to save your holiday photos

Do you agree with me that going on holiday is an opportunity to have fun and take lots of photos? Sadly your SD card is full and your hard drive is about to explode, you need a safe place to store your photos! Find out how you can save your holiday photos with Memopal.

Download and install Memopal on your computer; select the folder that contains your photos, and within minutes all your photos are saved.

You can access your photos at any time by entering your Memopal area with your username and password.

In the “Photos” section, you can find a photo album with all your photos organised by year and month.

If you prefer to view them exactly as you have them organised on your computer, just go to the “Backup” section and browse through directories to find your folders.

Once you have uploaded your photos on Memopal, you can then share them with your companions or friends that stayed at home, to show them what a great time you had!

You can invite your travel companions to access the shared folder and modify the stored files, for example by deleting or adding selected files, or you can send your friends a link from which they can only view or download the folder and its files without altering the original content.

Memopal is the best solution for CryptoLocker and other Ransomware

What would you do if someone stole the pictures of your family or confidential data of your customers?

Do you think that is unlikely? It is happening to millions of web users. How can it happen? Simply by clicking on a file attached to an e-mail. Memopal is the best solution for CryptoLocker and other Ransomware.

With Memopal you can feel comfortable. Memopal takes care of your files by creating a copy on its servers. In the event that you should get a virus such as CryptoLocker, you can recover your photographs, documents of your customers to the version prior to the virus.

More than 1 million users worldwide have chosen Memopal as a way to secure family photographs, customer data that could not be recovered if lost.

Here’s how you can protect your data from virus of the Cryptolocker family using Memopal:

  • Download Memopal
  • Install Memopal on your computer
  • Create a free account and start protecting your files, you can access files protected with Memopal from any computer connected to the Internet via your credentials from smartphone and tablets iOS and Android.

How to retrieve files after taking the Wanna Cry ransomware

If you’ve been infected by a malware like wanna cry and you’re a Memopal user, do not despair! You always have a clean copy of the file you need on the cloud without yielding to hacker blackmail. Ransomware, once on a network, also propagates without necessarily clicking on an e-mail attachment, so it is very important to constantly update the operating system. In fact, you should know that ransomware like Wanna Cry exploits known Windows bugs for which Microsoft periodically issues upgrade patches.

We feel obliged to give you some advice to be even safer.

Periodically install operating system updates

This is the official Microsoft link with the WannaCry patch:

Install anti malware software

We recommend Defenx Security Suite on a 30 days free trial version:

Setup your Cloud Backup with Memopal 

For you free 3GB of space:

Thanks to Memopal, you can restore a clean version of your files at any time inn the event of a ransomware attack.

2 programs to keep your computer safe

What software do you really need to protect your computer? We’ve identified 2 programs that keep your computer safe from anything untoward.

The first is Defenx Security Suite. It includes antivirus and anti-spyware protection, a firewall, and an intelligent anti-spam feature that learns how to identify which emails you don’t want to receive in your inbox, automatically marking them as spam. Thanks to the anti-spyware feature, all the information that you manage on your computer every day are safe, and no one other than you can access it.
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HummingBad Malware Returns Worse Than Ever Before

As stated by the security firm Check Point, there is a new malware referred to as the HummingBad that has infected more than 10m Android devices. The HummingBad virus has been reported to completely take control of tablets and smartphones, steal user information such as bank account passwords, email account and anything else needed for identity theft and sell the information. Cyber security researchers also indicated in their report that the HummingBad can automatically tap on unwanted adverts and download fraudulent applications.
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