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DNS Unlocker belongs among so called Potentially Unwanted Applications; its purpose is to display advertisements to the victim. Typically, a computer user affected by DNS Unlocker will see advertisements with a note at the bottom like “Ads by DNS Unlocker” and multiple variations of “support scam” pop-ups.
“DNS hijacking is not that damaging – in comparison to, say, ransomware – and it has always been easy to fix. With the new variant of DNS Unlocker, the latter is no longer true,” comments James Rodewald, ESET Malware Removal Support Supervisor.
ESET®released the ESET Japan Cyber-Savviness Report 2016, which shows that while users in Japan are knowledgeable about cybersecurity, they still need to ensure that they are adequately protected when accessing the internet.
“In Asia-Pacific, Japan has always taken the lead in technology adoption and innovation. The country relies on data, online communications and information technology to drive innovation and efficiency, resulting in increased exposure to cybersecurity risks,” said Parvinder Walia, Sales and Marketing Director, ESET Asia-Pacific.
The survey polled 1,033 respondents in Japan to gain insight into attitudes, knowledge and user behavior when it comes to cybersecurity. Compared with the results of the ESET Asia Cyber-Savviness Report 2015 and the ESET Vietnam Cyber-Savviness Report 2015 (covering seven other Asia-Pacific markets), Japan had the highest cyber-savviness score. Cyber-savviness is based on users’ knowledge or ability to understand activities that make them vulnerable online and the proactive steps needed to protect themselves.
“All it takes to fend off cyber-criminals is the consistent use of simple preventive measures. It’s a shame that so many people are not actively using their knowledge of cybersecurity when little things like maintaining proper passwords could help alleviate their anxieties and use the internet safely and with confidence,” concluded Walia.
Overall, users in Japan do not engage in risky cyber behavior. For example, most respondents (86%) know to immediately disconnect a breached device from the internet and 71 percent do not open or download attachments from unknown senders.
To download the ESET Vietnam Cyber-Savviness Report 2015, please click here.
To download the ESET Asia Cyber-Savviness Report 2015, please click here.
“At ESET we are dedicated in our work to make products that protect millions of users around the world. It's nice to see tests out there validate the multi-layered approach we have been building over the last two decades,” said Palo Luka, Chief Technology Officer at ESET.
According to the report, ESET Smart Security 9 stands out as the one product that blocked every threat.
“ESET Smart Security handled the targeted attacks and public web-based threats perfectly, which is an unusually good result. It is rare in real-world threat testing for an uncompromised product offering complete protection to also manage legitimate applications and websites without a single error," explains Simon Edwards, SE Labs' founder and Director.
More information about the test and the methodology in detail can be found in the test report.
ESET®, a global pioneer in IT security for more than two decades, released a new version of ESET Online Scanner – it’s ThreatSense®-based free scanning and cleaning app providing full antivirus scans directly via the internet browser.