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Kaspersky Lab: India to Rank 12th Worldwide When it Comes to Dangers on Web

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According to a recent report by Kaspersky Lab, India is ranked 12th world wide for when it comes to the dangers associated with surfing the web. Q3 in India saw that 32.8% of users were attacked by web-borne threats between July- September 2018. Kaspersky Lab products detected 48,093,743 Internet-borne malware incidents on the computers of KSN participants in India.

Exploiting vulnerabilities in browsers and their plugins (drive-by download):

Infection in this type of attack takes place when visiting an infected website, without any intervention from the user and without their knowledge. And this is the number one method utilized by cybercriminals, the one used in the majority of attacks. Protection against such attacks requires an Internet Security class solution capable of detecting threats as they are being downloaded from the Internet and the timely installation of all the latest updates for the browser and its plugins. Another key technology, developed by Kaspersky Lab, is Automatic Exploit Prevention, designed specifically to fight complex web threats, exploiting newly discovered vulnerabilities in software.

Social engineering: These attacks require user participation, with the user having to download the malicious file to their computer. This happens when the cybercriminal tricks the victim into believing they are downloading a legitimate program. Protection against such attacks requires a web antivirus solution capable of detecting threats as they are being downloaded from the Internet.

The use of local infection statistics for user computers is an extremely important indicator. Worms and file viruses account for the majority of such incidents. This data shows how frequently users are attacked by malware spread via removable USB drives, CDs and DVDs, and other “offline” methods.

Protection against such attacks not only requires an antivirus solution capable of treating infected objects but also a firewall, anti-rootkit functionality and control over removable devices. In the period July-September 2018 Kaspersky Lab products detected 68,405,291 local malware incidents on the computers of KSN participants in India. Overall, 56.1% of users in India were attacked by local threats during this period. This puts us in the 53rd place worldwide.

Malicious Hosts: When a Kaspersky Lab customer is attacked by an online threat, they record the source of this threat – the location of the malicious objects that tried to infect the system. Based on that data, the share of malicious incidents caused by malware hosted in India was 0.68% – that is 6,450,023 incidents in the period July-September 2018. This puts India in 9th place worldwide.

“India is the second largest country when it comes to its population, the number of people who use internet on a day to day basis has also increased now more than ever because of the 4g and 5g networks being introduced. This also makes India a potential victim to cyber attackers. It is known that money is the main motivation behind a cyberattack, and India being one of the largest and developing populations cannot afford to be vulnerable online. We need to be more aware and more secure online” said Shrenik Bhayani, General Manager, Kaspersky Lab South Asia.

While cybersecurity requires a holistic and multi-layer approach, basic online habits matter when it comes to avoiding web threats. Here are some reminders from Kaspersky Lab:

1. Keep the operating systems (OS) and application on your computers and devices updated all the time.
2. Ensure all your programs have the latest version of antivirus software installed.
3. Be vigilant. Avoid opening unsolicited email attachments, visiting unknown websites, or downloading software from untrustworthy sites or peer-to-peer file transfer.

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It’s Time to Win Big with CRED This IPL

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The excitement for India’s marquee cricket event Indian Premier League 2021 is increasing as we inch closer to the daily nail-biting thrillers. To make the experience unforgettable for its members, CRED, the official sponsor of the event, is back, making it more rewarding not just for players but members too. CRED has introduced thrilling rewards every day that will allow the members to make the most of their CRED Coins, much more than ever. All the members have to do is pay their credit card bills on time to earn CRED coins that they can then use to make these deals sweeter during the 16-day carnival, starting September 19 onwards. 

More the merrier

The rewards are so exciting that CRED members will look forward to paying their credit card bills on time as they will be rewarded with CRED Coins. Spending their CRED coins will help them get access to deals and discounts on in-app products such as CRED pay, CRED rewards, CRED travel and CRED Store members stand to earn mind-blowing prizes every day from till September 25. These prizes range from an elegant BMW G310R sports bike to a Bitcoin worth INR 5 lakh. CRED has partnered with premium brands, including BMW Bikes, Tanishq, Coins DCX, Stockal, Home Centre, among others, to bring the best experience to its members to enjoy the sporting season from the safety of their homes. And it does not end here! From September 27, members will stand a chance to win even more unbelievable rewards as CRED will reveal its upcoming, and the biggest ever, flagship campaign. Stay tuned!

Growing community

Since IPL 2021 was paused in May, CRED and its community have grown together. After the ongoing season was brought to a halt due the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, CRED members joined hands to support the ones who were affected through its Oxygen campaign to deploy 1 billion litres of oxygen to healthcare foundations and hospitals. Later in August, CRED members came together again to provide over 1 million dry ration kits to underprivileged families who were majorly affected by the pandemic. CRED members donated their CRED coins for these important and timely initiatives to help the community when needed most. 

Kunal Shah, Founder & CEO, CRED said, “The second instalment of IPL 2021 is kicking off, and we wanted to make it rewarding for the CRED members tuning in. Members stand a chance to win big by using their CRED coins, which they are rewarded with for good financial behaviour. Such exciting rewards are what makes a mundane task like paying credit card bills in a timely manner more exciting. The celebration is going to be bigger on the CRED App.” 

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Windows 11 Update Coming to These ASUS Laptops

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ASUS announced that it is partnering with Microsoft to ensure users of new and existing ASUS PCs are primed for the launch of Windows 11 after it is available.

As an internationally-respected and trusted manufacturer of Windows PCs, ASUS is proud to be a leading proponent of Windows 11 — the forthcoming latest version of the world’s most popular operating system. In preparation for this exciting launch, ASUS is readying a raft of new and existing devices for a free upgrade to Windows 11.

From today, all newly-purchased ASUS Windows 10 devices that are featured on our upgrade list, along with many existing eligible ASUS Windows 10 devices, will qualify for an upgrade after Windows 11 is released. As an example, both existing users and new purchasers of Zenbook Pro Duo 15 OLED (UX582), Zenbook Duo 14 (UX482), Zenbook Flip 13 OLED (UX363) and Zenbook 13 OLED (UX325) models will all be eligible for an upgrade to Windows 11 — so prospective buyers can buy today safe in the knowledge that a free upgrade is just around the corner.

Hundreds of other ASUS models that shipped with Windows 10 will also qualify for a free upgrade to Windows 11, including ProArt Studiobook, Zenbook and Vivobook laptops, ROG Strix, ROG Zephyrus and ROG Flow gaming laptops and TUF Gaming laptops and desktops. Many ExpertBook laptops and ExpertCenter desktops will also be eligible, along with many Zen AiO and Vivo AiO models and ASUS Mini PCs.

Windows 11: Get a fresh perspective

With the upcoming launch of Windows 11, Microsoft is set to introduce a new Windows experience that will bring users closer to the people and things they love. For more information on Windows 11, go to the Windows blog.

Prepare to upgrade: Simple steps to ready ASUS PCs for the new operating system

Windows 11 isn’t here yet, but it will be coming later this year. We know that users of ASUS devices will be excited by this prospect, and would wish to prepare for its arrival. There are a number of things owners can do in order to get ready.

  • See if a PC can upgrade

Use the PC Health Check app to see if an existing PC meets the requirements to run Windows 11. If so, it is possible to get a free upgrade after it starts to roll out.

  • Shop for a new PC

Need a new PC now? Great! ASUS has an extensive range of Windows 10 PCs that can upgrade for free after Windows 11 rolls out.

  • Perform a PC backup

It’s so much easier to transfer to a new PC when files and photos from a current PC are backed up to OneDrive.

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VingaJoy GVT-298 Junior Tower Bluetooth Speaker Launched in India

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VingaJoy has announced the launch of its all new GVT-298 Junior Tower Bluetooth Speaker, priced at Rs 2,999. The speaker comes with an elegant design and premium look and also offers USB playing for ease. It is a compact and lightweight bluetooth speaker and thus is ideal to be carried along. Designed for music lovers, VingaJoy GVT-298 is a real treat with a powerful combination of crystal-clear highquality sound and long-lasting battery life. The speaker is available in 3 different colours so that you can pick the one that suits your requirement.

This new speaker comes with the latest Bluetooth feature V5.0 and the device can be connected to bluetooth devices within 11 metres of range. It is backed by a 1200 mAh battery which is rechargeable and delivers up to 5 hours of music playing. It is compatible and can easily be paired with iPhone, Android devices, and laptops as well. This speaker has multiple pairing mode options, such as FM Radio/Aux/TF Function and USP playing. The Junior Tower VingaJoy Bluetooth Speaker is a hassle-free companion for your parties or leisure time.

Commenting on the launch, Mr. Lalit Arora, Co-Founder, VingaJoy said, “We are extremely happy to expand our Bluetooth Speaker portfolio with the launch of our Junior Tower Bluetooth Speaker. It is specially designed keeping in mind the music requirements of the millennial. The Bluetooth Speaker looks good, sounds great and is enriched with features that suit the expectations of our customers.”

Available with 6 months’ warranty, VingaJoy GVT-298 Junior Tower Bluetooth Speaker will be available at your nearest retail store as well as online platforms.

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