The Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) warns in a press release before using Kaspersky antivirus programs. "The BSI recommends replacing applications from Kaspersky's virus protection software portfolio with alternative products' the statement said at the outset. The warning is due to the fact that virus protection apps have extensive system permissions and are therefore able to access the computer and the network. Since Kaspersky is from Russia, the programs offered could be used for cyber attacks. The warning is issued as a precautionary measure in the context of the war in Ukraine and Russian threats towards the EU, NATO and Germany.
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Do without Kaspersky and protect the IT infrastructure
"The actions of military and/or intelligence forces in Russia and the threats made by Russia against the EU, NATO and the Federal Republic of Germany in the course of the current armed conflict are associated with a considerable risk of a successful IT attack. A Russian IT manufacturer can conduct offensive operations itself, be forced to attack target systems against its will, or be spied on without its knowledge as a victim of a cyber operation, or be used as a tool for attacks against its own customers' the statement released today said. Since Kaspersky is quite well-known and popular, these notes and security concerns make sense.
Do I need antivirus protection on macOS, Windows and Linux?
There are different viruses for all operating systems, but also other malware such as Adware, ransomware, trojans, other spy software, and the like. On the one hand, however, the individual systems now offer their own options for detecting and defending against these dangers. And on the other hand, if you use the computer wisely, you hardly have to worry. Anyone who does not open unknown e-mail attachments, does not hang around on dubious sites, only opens links carefully and also pays attention to phishing attempts, is already very safe on the Internet. Here's a guide: What are phishing emails? Recognize the characteristics of fake post!
Safe on the computer: is antivirus software useful at all?
A recent video on the Ultrativ YouTube channel compares antivirus apps to snake oil, a placebo miracle drug that either doesn't help or causes even more problems than before. The metaphor explained briefly: New viruses (or other new malware) are not detected because their signatures are not yet stored in the antivirus program. Malicious software can also sneak into the antivirus app and thus exploit the granted system access (as already shown in the scenario above). You can find the whole video with more information and background information with this link or embedded in the following:
Tips to keep the calculator safe
Here are a few more tips, thanks to which you do not need any antivirus apps on your computer (with regular use). Feel free to expand this list with your own tips, experiences and hints in the comments on this post:
- Install updates for the operating system promptly
- Install updates for individual programs promptly
- Use a separate password for each online service
- Enable two-factor authentication for online services
- Do not open unknown links and files (whether in an e-mail, in Messenger or on websites)
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