IT Security & Network Security News & Reviews: How Security Experts Dodge Scams, Malware Online

 
 
By Fahmida Y. Rashid  |  Posted 2011-06-21
 
 
 

Eugene Kaspersky, CEO

Thinking about being careful goes a long way. Kaspersky examines every domain before clicking and thinks about what the domain is, any reputation, and where its going. He also runs Firefox on Windows 7.

Eugene Kaspersky, CEO

Eugene Buyakin, COO

Buyakin uses a Mac with an antivirus application installed. He said he controls his Web surfing and doesnt just randomly click on links, but goes where he was already planning to go.

Eugene Buyakin, COO

Nikolay Grebennikov, CTO

Grebennikov turns on the Safe Surf feature available on Kasperskys security software when on an e-commerce Website. He also uses the applications virtual keyboard when typing in credit card numbers so that the numbers cant get stolen by a keylogger.

Nikolay Grebennikov, CTO

Costin Raiu, Director of Global Research and Analysis Team

Raiu uses very strong passwords and never reuses them across sites. He also maintains separate credit cards for online use and offline usage. He uses pre-paid cards where he transfers a certain amount of money to the card, and uses that for online purchases.

Costin Raiu, Director of Global Research and Analysis Team

Alexey Polyakov, Director of Global Emergency Response Team

Polyakov segments users on his computer, so that the administrator account is not the one being used for normal Web browsing. He has different policies for each user account to restrict certain activities.

Alexey Polyakov, Director of Global Emergency Response Team

Roel Schouwenberg, Senior Antivirus Researcher

If an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is, Schouwenberg said. He uses Google Chrome as his browser and runs No Script to block any scripts. Its quite effective, he said. He also does not allow the browser to open up PDF or other files automatically after downloading it.

Roel Schouwenberg, Senior Antivirus Researcher

Daria Gudkova, Head of Content Analysis and Research

Gudkova uses a password manager to keep all her passwords encrypted and secured behind a strong master password—the longer the better.

Daria Gudkova, Head of Content Analysis and Research

Stefan Tanase, Senior Security Researcher

Its not enough to just patch the operating system and major programs, according to Tanase. He makes sure hes running the most updated version of the software, preferably one thats not more than a year old. He also updates all the bundled software, such as browser tool bars and plug-ins.

Stefan Tanase, Senior Security Researcher

Aleks Gostev, Chief Security Expert

Gostev emphasized education as the key to staying safe online. Know what kind of malware is out there, Gostev said, so that you will recognize when youve been infected. Go the less user-friendly way when surfing online.

Aleks Gostev, Chief Security Expert

Sergey Novikov, Head of the Global Research and Analysis Team

Using common sense was a common tip from the Kaspersky team, and Novikov was no exception. He also suggested using some kind of an algorithm to make sure all passwords are unique and random.

Sergey Novikov, Head of the Global Research and Analysis Team

Denis Maslennikov, Senior Malware Analyst

Maslennikov encrypts his drives and secures his information with strong passwords. He has his antivirus settings on paranoid, to pick up even the slightest odd item, instead of just letting things slide through.

Denis Maslennikov, Senior Malware Analyst

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