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Eugene Kaspersky, the Chief Executive Officer of Russia-based cybersecurity company, Kaspersky, recently announced the global availability of a free lightweight antivirus solution, called Kaspersky Free, on his official blog.

 

 

It goes without saying that the features of Kaspersky Free won’t be as comprehensive as Kaspersky’s paid-for solutions, such as Kaspersky Internet Security. But nonetheless, you’ll still be getting the necessary essentials, including file, email, web, and IM antivirus. Kaspersky Free will also receive regular automatic updates, so you can rest assured knowing that its antivirus/malware definitions are always up-to-date.

 

“This arsenal ensures convenient and safe web surfing (is it still surfing? Sounds a bit 90s to me), working with USB sticks and other portable storage media, and protection against both phishing and infected files being run. In short, the indispensable basics that no one on the planet should do without,” said Eugene Kaspersky on his blog.

 

Kaspersky has long had a solid reputation for acing independent antivirus software reviews, so there’s really no reason for you to feel dubious about its capabilities. Those of you who are still counting on Windows Defender – or due diligence/common sense – to keep your system clean, you know what to do.

 

You can download Kaspersky Free from here.

Russian president Vladmir Putin has just signed a law that bans VPNs, proxies, or any other internet tools that may provide access to websites banned in Russia, or allow people to browse the web anonymously. The law will come into effect starting November 1, according to a Reuters report.

 

The law has already been approved by the Russian Duma, or the lower house of parliament. Leonid Levin, head of the information policy committee of the Duma, said the law is only intended to block access to ‘unlawful’ content.

Or so the law says, but with a presidential election coming in March 2018, it’s entirely likely that the law is there to prevent dissent or from giving Russian citizens access to articles that are critical of the current president.

Chat apps are also required to identify users with their phone numbers starting January 1, 2018. This means that attaching your phone number to your Facebook account is no longer just an option; it will be required by law.

It looks like Russia has beaten China to the punch when it comes to restricting communications and controlling the flow of information. China’s government is already requiring telcos to block personal VPNs, but the blocking process has a February 1, 2018 deadline, instead of a complete enforcement starting date.

 

While we’re on the subject of China, Gizmodo cites a TechCrunch report that Apple has complied with the country’s wishes to have an impervious Great Firewall, and has removed all major VPN apps from the China App Store. Just goes to show that when Western companies are made to choose between championing freedom of speech and making money off the Chinese market, it’s not really surprising that money does indeed do the talking.

The U.S. government has its suspicions about Kaspersky having shady affiliations with the Russian government, and threatens to ban the anti-virus software in its draft defense bill. Founder Eugene Kaspersky has rebutted American government claims by saying it has never helped any government in the world for the purpose of cyber espionage.

 

To further prove his transparency, Kaspersky has went on to say that he is willing to disclose source code and testify in front of U.S. Congress if necessary. Eugene also said that unnamed governments have approached Kaspersky to help them start cyber attacks, but the anti-virus software never gave in.

 

He also mentioned that his company network is too intricate to be exploited by an employee. It would require a group of people that can access different sections of Kaspersky’s technological processes. Eugene also intends to move a portion of his research work to the U.S. to gain its trust.

 

Russian Burger King restaurants have announced that they are due to start accepting Bitcoin as a payment method.

 

A Moscow branch of the burger chain has started piloting Bitcoin payments, with officials now confirming a nationwide rollout. Burger King has also begun the hunt for an IT professional able to implement the relevant software.

 

According to a local news resource Uznay Vse, the unnamed branch already accepted a Bitcoin transaction, which represents the first official reports of Bitcoin payments for goods and services in Russia.

 

Several programs need to be written which will allow restaurant tills to speak to the Android and iOS apps and allow customers to pay with cryptocurrency.

 

 

Why bother tediously flooding the caption of your Instagram photos with a million hashtags just to attract more likes, when you can easily achieve the same objective by sparing some pocket change instead?

This is exactly the rationale behind vending machines such as the one above, which dispenses Instagram likes instead of chilled beverages. For a very reasonable sum of 50 Russian rubles (approx. RM3.75), you will be able to purchase yourself 100 likes on Instagram! Because likes are fleeting and followers are forever, you can also purchase 100 Instagram followers for an equally affordable price of 100 Russian rubles (approx. RM7.50).

Apart from dishing out Instagram likes and followers, the vending machine – which can be found in the Okhotny Ryad shopping center in downtown Moscow – can also capture selfies on the spot, and print out your Instagram photos.

While speaking to Motherboard, the manufacturer of the vending machine, Snatap, mentioned that there are more than 20 of these machines scattered throughout Russia, and a handful of them in countries like Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic.

Interestingly, those of you who thrive on Instagram likes like how plants survive on sunlight can actually rent the vending machine for an unspecified period of time for 14,000 rubles (approx. RM1,049).

 

Google has announced that Android Pay will be available in five new markets: Taiwan, Spain, Brazil, Russia and Canada.

 

So far, Google has officially confirmed that Android Pay is launching in Taiwan. Furthermore, the company unveiled plans to expand its mobile payment app to Canada, Spain, Brazil and Russia.

 

Russia media reports that Android Pay will be available at the following banks: Sberbank Rossii, Alfa-Bank, Raiffeisenbank, and Tinkoff Bank. Android users, which account for 87% of the total smartphone market in Russia, according to XDA, will be able to make mobile payments using the NFC at these banks.

 

Google has not confirmed which banks will support Android Pay in Canada, Spain and Brazil.