Answers HQ Online Security Newsletter - January

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Answers HQ Online Security Newsletter - January

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Welcome to the third edition of the AHQ Online Security Newsletter!


This month's theme is focused around downloading files from the internet and the measures to take if something goes not as planned.


Similar to previous editions, we have prepared a challenge for you to participate in.


Make sure to have a look at our past editions of the newsletter! You'll learn more about securing your online privacy and protecting yourself against phishing.

 

Answers HQ Online Security Newsletter - November - Answer HQ

Answers HQ Online Security Newsletter - December - Answer HQ


Did we mention the perks of participation? Every participant receives a unique badge for their forum badge collection! Join conversation sharing your experiences, or participate in the challenge ... or both! 😉

 

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Before moving on to the next section of the newsletter, we just wanted to thank to all our readers, both new and regular for holding the line of online safety and awareness!

 


 

Security focus - Secure Downloading

 

  • Don't download cracks or cracked versions of the games 
    Apart from the ToS infringement, this might put you at risk of downloading harmful files onto your PC. Most commonly, if you are downloading files from unverified resources, you could download a trojan file which might put you at risk of revealing your sensitive data. Often, Trojan malware creates a "backdoor" for an attacker, so they can control your PC, see your keystrokes, or even your webcam.

  • If you are downloading mods for our games that support using them, download them from a secure resource. 
    • As you might know, some of our games, namely The Sims 4, and Command & Conquer: Remastered Collection, support the creativity of users by allowing the use of mods. That being said, The Sims and Command & Conquer team doesn’t pre-screen, endorse, or specifically support any particular Mod. You should use Mods with caution and understand there may be risk. When downloading mods, make sure you are doing so from a legitimate resource. For more information on mods, refer to the articles below.
    Command & Conquer™ Modding FAQ
    The Sims 4 - Mods and game updates

  • Enable Secure Boot, which helps prevent malware from running.
    Secure Boot is a security feature that, upon starting your PC, checks every application which is pre-loading even before your Operating System starts. For example, if you buy accident download a malware called rootkit (or bootkit), it could potentially evade your antivirus as it operates on the same level (kernel level) as your operating system. Having Secure Boot enabled, which checks signatures of any file being loaded upon starting your system, can prevent a rootkit from being installed.

  • If you are downloading a mobile app, check the vendor from whom the app is coming.
     Another way of unintentionally downloading a harmful file is by doing so via your phone. In some cases, not-so-legitimate applications might slip through Google/Apple systems and pretend to be well-known applications that we know. Before downloading, make sure that the app is verified (or access the app store via the product website), and if you notice anything suspicious, especially before logging in, setting up a payment method, or providing any personal data, stop, double-check, and then check again, and only then, if you are sure, continue. 

In this month's discussion, let's explore the following questions:

 

  •  What are the typical symptoms of malware?
  •  What steps should you take if you've downloaded malware?
  •  How can malware be deleted?

We will, of course, look forward to hearing your experiences related to this month's topic 😊

 

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Answers HQ Online Security Newsletter Quiz - January

 

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@EA_Kuba 

Thanks for all of your Cybersecurity tips and making these newsletters.

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outweigh the needs of the few or one. --Spock--

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★★★★★ Expert

That Secure Boot thingy sounds pretty cool.

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Yeah thanks @EA_Kuba , this is a good way to brush up on our cyber security knowledge.

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@EA_Kuba 

and the comics go on: 

 

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Hey everyone,

 

Thanks for all of your replies! 😊

 

@SharpGoblin Yes, certainly this thingy is good to consider have it turned on 😉.

 

@N7_A_M_R_Egypt @Asmodeus566 Thanks, hopefully we'll be able to save someone from making bad mistake. 

 

Last week, I came across information that fit the topic of the current newsletter. In January of this year, researchers of the well-known Kaspersky antivirus program discovered malware attacking MacOS systems. The malware, disguised as known programs available on torrent websites, gives the attacker full access to the computer's resources after installation according to the instructions provided with the file. Such software can record keystrokes, access the computer's camera, and has full access to all services on the computer. Since the installed malware also disables Gatekeeper, the user remains unaware of what is happening on their computer.


This is described in more detail on the official SentinelOne blog.


Again, for safety, it is extremely important to download applications from a trusted source. 

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Thanks for all these tips. 

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@EA_Kuba Wonderful job on all of these Security Updates! 

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Thanks @Gagea25 ! 

 

You can always get involved in those 😉. Just Like Old Times, @EA_Shepard.

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Nice Post, Thanks for this helpful information.

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