A week in security (March 4 – 11)

A roundup of cybersecurity news from March 4–11, including a Chrome zero-day, Labs’ data privacy report, news from RSA, and more.

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Google Chrome zero-day: Now is the time to update and restart your browser

A particularly dangerous Google Chrome zero-day is already being used in real-world attacks. Despite Google’s auto update feature, users will need to close and restart their browser in order to be protected.

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Browser push notifications: a feature asking to be abused

Whoever invented browser push notifications must have been able to guess they would be abused for advertising. This post explains what they are and how to disable them.

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Browlock flies under the radar with complete obfuscation

A new browlock (browser locker) steps up the game once more with soup to nuts obfuscation. Learn more about how it works and what you can do to protect against it.

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Can search extensions keep your searches private?

A lot of search extensions have been marketed over the year claiming to protect online privacy. Are they worth installing? We take a look at what these plugins actually have to offer.

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Introducing: Malwarebytes Browser Extension

Malwarebytes Browser Extensions (BETA) are available in the official web stores for Chrome and Firefox. Read what they can do for you, and try one, if you haven’t already..

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‘FakeUpdates’ campaign leverages multiple website platforms

Browser update? Do not trust, and do verify before downloading potential malware.

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Tech support scammers find new way to jam Google Chrome (updated)

Browsers are usually the first point of contact between victims and threat actors. With a few bits of code, crooks manage once again to freeze Google Chrome and scare users into calling for assistance.

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New Chrome and Firefox extensions block their removal to hijack browsers

Two new extensions in Firefox and Chrome force install then hide from the user. Learn how you can protect yourself against them and remove them manually.

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Mobile Menace Monday: Chrome declares war on unwanted redirects

Google initiates their plans to implement new changes in Chrome to defend against annoying web redirects.

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