Webroot Provides DNS Web Filtering for Guest WiFi
Feb14

Webroot Provides DNS Web Filtering for Guest WiFi

Webroot has expanded its SecureAnywhere DNS filtering service to include guest WiFi networks. The new service uses the firm’s domain layer security and content filtering service and ensures high availability of WiFi access via Webroot’s DNS global servers. Businesses are now under pressure to provide free Wi-Fi access throughout their establishment, with many customers choosing businesses based on whether WiFi access is provided. However, Wi-Fi networks can be hijacked and hacked placing customers at risk. Businesses also need to take care to ensure that their WiFi connections are not abused and used for illegal activities such as copyright infringing downloads and the accessing of criminally obscene website content. Webroot’s cloud-based SaaS has been developed to solve the problem and allows businesses to easily provide clean, safe, and secure WiFi access to guests. The solution has been developed to be easy to implement and use, even by those with little technical ability. Setting up content filtering on WiFi networks requires a minor change to DNS settings to redirect guest...

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Webroot Quarterly Threat Trends Report Reveals 1.5 Million New Phishing Sites Created Each Month
Sep22

Webroot Quarterly Threat Trends Report Reveals 1.5 Million New Phishing Sites Created Each Month

Webroot has published its Quarterly Threat Trends Report for Q2, 2017 which highlights the growing threat from phishing. On average, each month in Q2 saw 1.385 million new phishing webpages created each month, although there was a major spike in May when 2.3 million new phishing websites were detected. On average, more than 43,000 new phishing websites are created each day. The quality of the sites has also increased. It is now virtually impossible to tell from the content of the page whether the website is genuine. The websites are highly realistic and use the same imagery, color schemes, logos and graphics as the sites they mimic. The only tell-tale sign that the websites are not genuine are the domain names used. The most commonly spoofed brand is Google. 35% of phishing sites impersonate Google to obtain Gmail and Google Drive credentials. Chase bank is the second most spoofed brand accounting for 15% of sites followed by Dropbox (13%), PayPal (10%), Facebook (7%), Apple (6%), and Yahoo and Wells Fargo (4%). The websites have a common purpose. To fool consumers and business...

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Security Awareness Firm Securecast Acquired by Webroot
Aug16

Security Awareness Firm Securecast Acquired by Webroot

Webroot has announced it has completed the acquisition of Securecast – A security awareness and training platform that can be used by businesses to create a security culture and prepare employees for phishing attacks. Webroot already offers businesses a range of solutions to counter the threat from phishing, although even with layered defenses and technological solutions, some phishing emails will slip through the net. It is therefore essential for businesses to ensure that they take steps to address the human factor in phishing attacks and conduct security awareness training, educate employees on cybersecurity best practices, and train staff how to recognize phishing emails. The acquisition of Securecast will allow Webroot to provide a more comprehensive suite of anti-phishing solutions to its customers. The company has rebranded the platform Webroot Security Awareness Training and will make it generally available for all Webroot customers in the fall when it will be incorporated into the Webroot SecureAnywhere® business portfolio. Over the next couple of months Webroot plans to...

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96% of SMBs Susceptible to External Cybersecurity Threats
Aug01

96% of SMBs Susceptible to External Cybersecurity Threats

Webroot has published the results of a new study that examined how well small to medium sized businesses are prepared to deal with cyber threats. The study revealed the majority of SMBs are not currently equipped to deal with external cybersecurity risks and believe they are susceptible to external cybersecurity threats. 600 IT decision makers in the UK, USA, and Australia were surveyed by Wakefield Research on behalf of Webroot. All respondents were employed by small to medium sized businesses with between 100 and 499 employees. 96% of respondents said they believe their organization will be susceptible to cyber threats this year and while their organization is aware of the current threat landscape and the growing number of threats, 71% of respondents said they are not well prepared to address them. The main concerns are malware infections, mobile attacks, and phishing incidents. 56% of respondents were most concerned about malware, 48% most concerned about threats to company-owned or BYOD mobile devices, and 47% were particularly concerned about phishing. The fallout from a...

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Expanded Webroot and ConnectWise Partnership Help Customers Block Web-Based Threats
Jun07

Expanded Webroot and ConnectWise Partnership Help Customers Block Web-Based Threats

Webroot has expanded its partnership with ConnectWise which will see its Webroot SecureAnywhere® DNS Protection platform offered to ConnectWise customers to help them block web-based threats more effectively. Webroot SecureAnywhere® DNS Protection is a web filtering solution that can be used by businesses to carefully control the websites that can be accessed by employees. Webroot uses IPv4 and IPv6 addresses to classify more than 95% of the Internet at least three times a day, with sites added to one or more of the 80 categories used by the platform. Users can select which categories they allow their employees to access with controls applied for specific users, groups, or for the entire organization. In addition to offering category filtering controls the solution also blocks websites known to host malware and phishing websites. Since more than 85% of malware infections occur via the web, by controlling the websites that employees can access it is possible to significantly improve an organization’s security posture and protect against malware, ransomware, keyloggers, and spyware....

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Webroot AV Update Failure Causes Havoc: Windows System Files and EXE Files Quarantined
Apr24

Webroot AV Update Failure Causes Havoc: Windows System Files and EXE Files Quarantined

A Webroot AV update failure has caused havoc for thousands of customers. An April 24 update saw swathes of critical files miscategorized as malicious. While occasional false positives can be expected on occasion, in this case the error was severe. The Webroot AV update failure resulted in hundreds of Windows system files being miscategorized, resulting in serious stability issues. Many users’ servers and PCs were crippled after the automatic update occurred. The problem did not only affect Windows files. Scores of signed executables and third-party apps were blocked and prevented from running. The error affected all Windows versions and saw critical system files categorized as W32.Trojan.Gen. Those files were moved to Webroot’s quarantine folder after the April 24 update. Once the files were moved, users’ computers started to experience severe problems with many displaying errors. In some cases, the moving of system files to the quarantine folder caused computers to crash. In other cases, apps were prevented from running causing major disruption to businesses. Webroot AV also...

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