Kibosh Cloud customers should not be paying for local antivirus of any kind. In the past we’ve recommended Microsoft’s Security Essentials, but they’ve since stopped supporting that in favor of Windows Defender which only works on Windows 8 & 10.
So for those of us still using Windows XP , Vista or 7 we’ll need to find another local antivirus. When searching for an Antivirus solution please keep the following points in mind:
- Kibosh Cloud provides an excellent layer of malware, and phishing website protection. It blocks the site before you get to it, so it will block phishing email links, thus preventing the downloading / installation of malware.
- You only need local antivirus. You do not need any other feature all Antivirus companies try to upsell you. Let’s use the popular Avast as an example. It’s free to download and use, but be prepaired for the hard sell of ‘Internet Security’, ‘Email Protection’, and ‘Pro Antivirus’. You need none of these addional features, just use the ‘Free Antivirus’.
- What is ‘Internet Security’? It means they are sending your data through their servers and it’s being logged. Email security? Same thing, they are scanning all of your emails to give you protection. If you have a private domain with your own email address (i.e., non gmail, yahoo, live, etc) then maybe Email Security would be something to consider, but for the vast majority of us who use one of the popular, free email services like gmail – they already scan your email and block the bad stuff.
- Antivirus, once installed, has intimate access to your operating system. It must to provide the protection you need. Thus Antivirus is a highly desireable target for the ‘bad guys’.
- Is your Antivirus Software Vulnerable to Attack?
- Antivirus is dead: Long live Antivirus!
- The biggest points of threat on your Windows devices is in fact the third party apps like Java, Flash, Adobe, etc. All these apps are regularly asking you to install updates to block new, known, attacks. Keep them updated.
In summary, with Kibosh Cloud protecting your devices you only need a simple, free local antivrus for that added layer of security, but there are trade offs. Personally we still use Security Essentials + WinPatrol (the free version) + Kibosh Cloud.
Recently my son asked me if he could play Minecraft with his cousins, and if I would setup a server. This guide will show you how to quickly setup, and host a Minecraft server that is accessible from anywhere in the world.
Preface: these instructions apply to all version of the Kibosh router firmware, however these firewall settings are only accessible from the Kibosh Router Management Utility (KRMU), not from MyFilter.kibosh.net.
Any computer that will run Minecraft can host the server.
- On the computer that is going to host the Minecraft server, start Minecraft, create a new world, then open to LAN. Once you open to LAN you will have a port number. Write this down.
- Log into your Kibosh router at http://192.168.10.1
- Go to Status, Connected Hosts and find / copy the IP address of the computer hosting the Minecraft server.
- Go to Firewall > Individual Port Forwarding
- Create a rule like this:
- Save Changes.
- Now we need to give everyone who wants to join our Minecraft server an address + the port number we wrote down. There are a few ways to skin this cat:
- The simplest way is to give them your Kibosh DDNS address and port number:
- Your Kibosh DDNS is as follows: [KRMU ID].kiboshdns.com
- NOTE: What’s good about using your DDNS is that although the underlying WAN IP will change at some point, the DDNS name never will.
- NOTE: Your KRMU is labeled under your router.
- Or you could ping your account DDNS – [KRMU ID].kiboshdns.com and give them the WAN IP:
- Or you could go to Google and search for ‘what is my wan ip’
That’s it, now anyone in the world with a live Internet connection will be able to join this server. Easy peazy.
- If there is a local firewall make sure you turn it off (Windows is usually turned on so go into Control panel and turn it off).
- Each time you create a new server, and open to LAN the port will change. You’ll need to change it in the KRMU > Firewall > Individual Port Forwarding rule we created above. It’s super easy to do:
- Original port:
- New port
- Don’t forget to Save Changes.
Many users of Windows 7 and 8.1 are happy with their current version of Windows, and have no wish to upgrade to Windows 10. There are many reasons for this, but among them is the fact that Windows 10 has become controversial due to Microsoft’s evolution of their Windows operating system platform into a service which, among other things, aggressively monitors and reports on its users activities.
Never 10 is an easy to use utility which gives you control over whether your Windows 7 or 8.1 will upgrade itself to Windows 10. Never 10 will permanently remove the annoying upgrade reminders!
Get Never 10 here.
Never 10 does not install, it simply runs when you execute it, does it’s job, then goes away.
This is an excellent example of a phishing e-mail (see below). An e-mail drafted to look and sound legitimate with attachments that contain malware, or hyperlinks that open to infected web pages. This particular phishing attempt had an attachment (which has been removed).
We can’t stress enough to never, ever open any attachment or follow any link from an email – no matter how legitimate it looks. Yes it’s inconvenient, but that is the digital world we live in today.
Malware today will encrypt your data and hold it ransom, along with the rest of the network’s data:
• Hospital declares ‘internal state of emergency’ after ransomeware infection.
• LA Hospital pays nearly $17,000 to restore data.
Many of us use multiple layers of protection:
- local antivirus
- SPAM firewall (all free e-mail services use these),
- DNS filtering i.e., Kibosh Filtering Service
But these tools, or any other, can only block what they know about. There are plenty of exploits unknown by any security vendor.
So when in doubt – throw it out!
From: Tia Fleming [mailto:FlemingTia78752@ecolboxmoveis.com.br]
Sent: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 7:22 AM
To: Doe, John <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Requested receipt ID:8E767D
Dear doe, John
Please find attached your receipt, sent as requested.
We are making improvements to our billing systems to help serve you better and because of that the attached invoice will look different from your previous ones.
Divisional Managing Director
Following these general guidelines will keep you free from web based malware/ viruses and rootkits thus protecting your personal information, and saving you hours of headache and $ repairing / replacing an infected PC.
- Use Google which offers a certain level of protection from:
- Malware protection
- Phishing protection
- Enforced by Kibosh Filtering Service
- Use FireFox or Chrome
- Never download a file you didn’t actively seek out
- Never click on a link from an email
- Always manually (type address in URL bar, or from your own bookmark).
- For you to get infected you must take action. This is what phishing emails are all about, tricking you into clicking a link. Once you click an infected link it’s over. Antivirus will not save you.
- Keep your O/S updated, along with Java,and if you have it installed Flash
- These apps will tell you when they need to be updated -don’t ignore the warning.
- NOTE: third party apps are the number on attack vector on Windows.
- On Windows PCs use WinPatrol
- If you are going to pay for another tool to protect your PC, outside of the Kibosh Filtering Service, then make it WinPatrol.
- Use a Kibosh product to protect your Internet
Malware today is delivered from infected websites which is why protecting your network with the Kibosh Filtering Service is important. Some malware will encrypt your entire hard drive, holding your data hostage until you pay to unlock it. It’s called ‘ransomware’ and if you haven’t heard about it yet, you will because it works (for the bad guys), and it’s profitable (for the bad guys). This article will tell you what ransomware is, and what it can do.
How does one get infected with malware? By clicking on a link from an email that is made to look legitimate, i.e. a ‘phishing’ email, or browsing to an infected website and or clicking on a pop-up from an infected website. All the a for mentioned are trying to trick you into clicking and once you click the link it’s over. Will antivirus help? Only if it knows about the malware, and there are many, many exploits not yet known by the antivirus vendors. More info: antivirus is dead: long live antivirus!
Any Kibosh product will protect every device on your network by:
- Blocking phishing sites
- Blocking malware sites
- Blocking pornography sites
- Enforcing SafeSearch
- Video search protection
- Image search protection
Every high-speed internet should have Kibosh protection.
AVG is back in the news, you can read about it here on ExtremeTech.
Kibosh users do not need AVG. We recommend:
- Windows Security Essentials (free) to protect system, and Office files
- Winpatrol (free (choose download) + paid version) to protect your web browser and registry
- Kibosh web filtering to block phishing, malware and virus related websites.