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EU Increases Pressure to Combat Terrorism Content Online

EU Increases Pressure to Combat Terrorism Content Online
EU Increases Pressure to Combat Terrorism Content Online Last week, we announced that we will be extending zveloDB™ URL categorization support to include eight (8) new categories. The new categories represent a number of emergent topics and threats including Cryptocurrency, Cryptocurrency Mining, Fake News, Terrorism, and more. These topics have a significant—and growing—presence online and we’re excited about how these new categories will empower our OEM partners to provide a safer and more usable internet [...]Read more

Real-Time Malware, Miscat, Terrorism & Porn Protection Extended to zveloDB

The frequently changing content of social networking, blogs and other popular websites presents a huge challenge for web content filtering and endpoint security vendors. Web filtering vendors must provide a reliable application to allow IT professionals within SMB or enterprise networks the ability to instantly detect and block malicious websites, or legitimate websites that have been compromised, in order to thwart web attacks that can compromise intellectual property. The real-time capability to block adult, porn, criminal, hate and other inappropriate web content must also be extended to corporations, organizations and end-users alike. zvelo has long offered real-time protection to the customers of its OEM Partners that have utilized the zveloNET™ cloud network. Now, those OEMs that have integrated the local SDK deployment option of zvelo’s URL database will benefit from the same real-time protection with zvelo Instant Protection™(read the official press release).

 

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In IoT Central: “Keeping Voice-Activated Smart Home Device From Talking to the Wrong People”

In IoT Central: “Keeping Voice-Activated Smart Home Device From Talking to the Wrong People”

Keeping Voice-Activated Smart Home Device From Talking to the Wrong People by Jeff Finn, CEO of zvelo The introduction of voice-activated smart home solutions – like Amazon Echo and Dot, Google Home, and Apple’s HomePod – have brought with them the dream of convenient Star Trek-like interfaces where a user’s spoken wish is their command. But at the same time, these devices have served as a Trojan Horse, increasingly inviting in security issues and unintended […]

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Spambot Leak: 711 Million Email Addresses Ensnared

Spambot Leak: 711 Million Email Addresses Ensnared
Spambot Leak: 711 Million Email Addresses Ensnared by Lou Nabarrete, VP of Engineering and Data Operations Email Spam is dead! Long live Email Spam! It seems very strange that in the year 2017 (approximately 20 years from when the commercial use of the Internet first became possible), we are still dealing with email spam with no end in sight. There are many solutions now available in the industry that can be placed in various locations [...]Read more

zvelo Spent the Week with over 20,000 Hackers at DEF CON 24 (Final Thoughts)

zvelo Spent the Week with over 20,000 Hackers at DEF CON 24 (Final Thoughts)

zvelo Spent the Week with over 20,000 Hackers at DEF CON 24 — Wraping it all up (Pt. 4) DEF CON is one of the largest, (if not the largest), hacker conferences in the world. Held over four days every August in Las Vegas, DEF CON is now in its 24th year and is bigger, better — and scarier — than ever. Our Senior Malicious Detection Researcher, Eric Watkins, participated again this year and provided […]

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zvelo Spent the Week with over 20,000 Hackers at DEF CON 24 (Pt. 3)

zvelo Spent the Week with over 20,000 Hackers at DEF CON 24 (Pt. 3)

zvelo Spent the Week with over 20,000 Hackers at DEF CON 24 — Here’s What We Saw (Pt. 3) DEF CON is one of the largest, (if not the largest), hacker conferences in the world. Held over four days every August in Las Vegas, DEF CON is now in its 24th year and is bigger, better — and scarier — than ever. Our Senior Malicious Detection Researcher, Eric Watkins, participated again this year and provided […]

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zvelo Spent the Week with over 20,000 Hackers at DEF CON 24 (Pt. 2)

zvelo Spent the Week with over 20,000 Hackers at DEF CON 24 (Pt. 2)

zvelo Spent the Week with over 20,000 Hackers at DEF CON 24 — Here’s What We Saw DEF CON is one of the largest, (if not the largest), hacker conferences in the world. Held over four days every August in Las Vegas, DEF CON is now in its 24th year and is bigger, better — and scarier — than ever. Our Senior Malicious Detection Researcher, Eric Watkins, participated again this year and provided a great […]

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zvelo Spent the Week with over 20,000 Hackers at DEF CON 24

zvelo Spent the Week with over 20,000 Hackers at DEF CON 24

zvelo Spent the Week with over 20,000 Hackers at DEF CON 24 — Here’s What We Saw DEF CON is one of the largest, (if not the largest), hacker conferences in the world. Held over four days every August in Las Vegas, DEF CON is now in it’s 24th year and is bigger, better — and scarier — than ever. Our Senior Malicious Detection Researcher, Eric Watkins, participated again this year and provided a great […]

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zvelo Recognizes its Staff in the Fight Against Sexual Exploitation of Children

zvelo Recognizes its Staff in the Fight Against Sexual Exploitation of Children

zvelo Recognizes its Staff in the Fight Against Sexual Exploitation of Children   “WE KNOW THAT TECHNOLOGY FACILITATES THE SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN, BUT WE ALSO KNOW THAT WITHIN TECHNOLOGY RESIDES A SOLUTION.” – ERNIE ALLEN, FORMER PRESIDENT & CEO THE INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN All of us here at zvelo are incredibly proud of the staff who tirelessly participate in these efforts. You are our rockstars. Our heroes. And, while it […]

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Connected Home Leader Signs with zvelo to Secure IoT Devices

Connected Home Leader Signs with zvelo to Secure IoT Devices

Pioneer in Home Security Appliances Selects zvelo to Secure IoT Devices We’re happy to announce this week that a market leader of Secure Home Appliances has signed a multi-year data licensing agreement with zvelo.  The vendor is licensing zvelo’s content, malicious and objectionable datasets to bolster its efforts to secure IoT devices in the home. With more objects being connected via Wi-Fi at an ever-increasing rate, zvelo’s data will be vital to this industry. These IoT […]

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zvelo Urges Partners (and everyone) to Update their SSL Certificates to SHA-2

zvelo Urges Partners (and everyone) to Update their SSL Certificates to SHA-2

zvelo Urges Partners (and everyone) to Update their SSL Certificates to SHA-2 After December 31, 2015, SSL certificates that use the SHA-1 hash algorithm for their signature will be declared “technology non grata” on the modern Internet. It’s important to note that this is an industry-wide change and not specific to just zvelo’s products. As a result, beginning January 1, 2016, all partners (and everyone in general) will need to support SHA-2 SSL signed certificates […]

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Internet Safety Resources, Guides and Tips for Everyone

Internet Safety Resources, Guides and Tips for Everyone

This article will be updated periodically, in support of numerous global online safety awareness campaigns occuring every year – Safer Internet Day (promoted in February), Cyber Security Awareness Month (October), IWF Awareness Day (also in October) and others. During these times, web safety advocates, companies, organizations and professionals worldwide raise awareness about safer and more responsible use of online technologies and mobile devices. Following is a living repository of online resources, guides, tips and entities aimed at helping everyone enjoy worry-free Internet experiences. Additional web safety resources will be hand-picked and added as they are discovered. To possibly be included in this list, or if other online safety resources exist that deserve mention, please feel free to comment below. Including a link and a brief description with each comment helps.

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Big Year of Change for the IWF

The Internet Watch Foundation works to remove online videos and images of child sexual abuse and its 2013 Annual & Charity Report highlighted significant milestones achieved and a big year of change.

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IWF Actions its 100,000th Child Sexual Abuse Web Page

Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) official logoThe Internet Watch Foundation has celebrated a major milestone. It has taken action against its 100,000th URL containing inappropriate child sexual abuse content. In addition, the IWF reports it has aided the rescue of at least 12 children in the past two years. The body’s 2012 accomplishments deserve some praise.

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Web Safety Tips for Common Users About Emerging Web Attacks

Here are some simple web safety tips, warnings and general practical knowledge intended for the common Internet user.

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IWF Releases 2011 Annual Report – Shocking Statistics

IWF 2011 Annual and Charity Report cover page

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), now in its 16th year of combatting some of the worst online criminal content, has released its 2011 Annual and Charity Report. In it, the IWF disclosed some alarming trends and statistics about the proliferation of child sexual abuse images online. The IWF also noted significant successes in combatting this inappropriate type of web content, as detailed in the following excerpts.

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Safer Internet Day – SID – is in February Every Year

The Safer Internet Day (SID) is a commendable initiative organized by the UK Safer Internet Centre each February to promote safer and more responsible use of online technologies, especially amongst children. Each year hundreds of localized and virtual events are organized to raise awareness about online safety issues.

 

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IWF Rewards zvelo for its Support

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) has rewarded zvelo for its support in combatting online child sexual abuse content with this Digital Certificate. The certificate came following zvelo’s online efforts in promoting the IWF’s October 26th, 2011 Awareness Day, a global initiative that serves to raise awareness about the IWF’s internet Hotline. zvelo is deeply honored and looks forward to supporting the IWF in its ongoing fight against the online dissemination of criminal content, especially inappropriate content of children.

 

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Reflections on the IWF 15-Year Fight Against Online Child Sexual Abuse Content

October 26, 2011, marked the Internet Watch Foundation’s annual Awareness Day, which served to raise awareness online and with the media about the IWF’s internet Hotline and its mission to minimize the availability of criminal online content, primarily child sexual abuse content, in partnership with various Internet industry organizations and law enforcement agencies. In its 15 years of existence, the IWF cites they have removed an overwhelming 87,000 web pages that have consisted of child sexual abuse content.

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