It’s been almost 3 years since my last post. I logged into WordPress with 30 or so updates and 13,074 spam comments awaiting action. Things have been busy at Malwarebytes, we’re growing extremely fast and are about to hit 250 employees worldwide. Some days are great, some days are tough, but we keep cranking.
I look forward to posting more often and dusting this blog off.
I like to have background noise as I answer work e-mails. Typically, I leave Netflix streaming and every so often I glance at the television. While watching The Office, I noticed something very interesting.
Malwarebytes on The Office
If you look at the bottom right corner of the screen, on the monitor, you’ll see Malwarebytes Anti-Malware installed on the computer of a customer that Michael, Dwight, and Jim go to see. Turns out this isn’t the first time we’ve “appeared” on the show. We’ve also shown up on Darryl Philbin’s computer — look at the top left of the screen.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is so good, even Dunder Mifflin uses it!
Post other sightings of Malwarebytes in odd places and I’ll talk with the team and do a giveaway to the best one!
Forgive my absence, I’ve been chained to a headset on several press calls per day for the last few weeks. Now that the press tour is basically over, I’m able to happily announce the launch of an exciting new product, Malwarebytes Enterprise Edition. This thing is awesome. Seriously.
So much work has gone into this product and I’m excited to finally announce it.
I’m working on some really cool changes to the blog and content that I will hopefully post every week, so stay tuned!
It’s been a while since my last post. Unfortunately, I’ve been really busy and the only thing I have to show for it is the launch of our Malwarebytes gear store. So far it’s only t-shirts, but more to come. I definitely got some weird looks at Defcon while wearing the “eater of bytes” shirt.
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On my way to Prague last month, I decided to pick up May’s print volume of PC Today. Coincidentally, the entire volume was focused on security.
The first article that caught my attention was about the Federal Communications Commission’s plans to help the victims of phone theft. The article goes on to say, “… when a given phone is reported stolen, wireless carriers can remotely shut down that phone.” What does this mean for you, the consumer?
First of all, the FCC is attempting to protect victims of data and identity theft. However, more than likely your data will be long retrieved by the time you notice your phone is stolen and call the wireless provider.
Secondly, the article cites the FCC’s statistic that 40% of New York City robberies are that of mobile phones. However, I doubt that the majority of those were for the purpose of data theft but rather for the theft of the hardware itself.
If you’re concerned about the data and identity theft aspect of losing your phone, you can take several steps to mitigate that risk:
- Don’t store sensitive data on your phone. This is pretty common sense. You wouldn’t want your credit card information easily accessible, but who stores that on their phone anyway? What’s more common is saving e-mail passwords and allowing the thief to gain easy access to your personal, or even more sensitive corporate e-mails.
- Another layer of passwords, such as locking access to your phone with a 4 digit number, is another excellent way to deter thieves.
- Use the software that comes with your phone. Instead of relying on the wireless carrier to deactivate the phone, or even to support the feature, use software that is prepackaged. For example, Apple’s iPhone comes with a nifty feature called Find My iPhone that can help you erase all of the data remotely. The article did not specify whether the FCC was going to require this for all wireless carriers.
In the digital age of today, our eyes are glued to our mobile phones. Don’t become a victim of mobile theft and make sure to have that phone glued to your side.
How else do you think the FCC can help?
Today I learned that Jeff Weisbein, a friend of several years, has joined the team at Mashwork. I wanted to personally congratulate him and wish him the best going forward. Jeff has been extremely hard working in growing BestTechie from a small website to a great resource for all types of computer users, and I can’t wait to see what this next chapter brings.
Good luck Jeff!
I apologize for the lapse in posts in the last couple of weeks. Last week I was at RSA and the weekend before that I was jumping into a freezing lake. Seriously.
Marcin Soaking From Polar Plunge
In the weeks leading up to my February 25th Polar Plunge, many Malwarebytes employees eagerly donated to the cause. The pitch? Watch your CEO jump into a freezing lake. Together, we raised over $700 for Special Olympics. I want to personally thank each and every one of them!
Also, isn’t that Malwarebytes shirt awesome?
I was chatting with a few friends who knew what I did and loved using our product. Somehow the topic of selling Malwarebytes Anti-Malware in brick and mortar stores came up. I told them that this was already being done for a year and they were shocked. I guess this isn’t that well known.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Retail Box
I actually went out and bought those boxes from Fry’s Electronics the first week they were selling them. OK, to be fair, I sold out one of the stores.
As I arrived in London this morning I opened up my phone’s e-mail client and saw upwards of 1,000 e-mails downloading. At first, I had no idea what was going on, but then I realized they all had the same subject — “Please stop supporting the New York Times traitorous propaganda.” Spam, and lots of it. They are still coming in at one per minute.
Image of a sample e-mail attached. Anybody else getting these?
Thanks to the work of Steven Burn, one of our researchers, we have been able to shut down the offender which I had a screenshot of in my previous post. It doesn’t mean we’ll stop here!