Jan 232018
 

Nikola Broadband is choosing to discontinue it’s relationship with Kaspersky Labs and Kaspersky Anti-Malware products for the time being.

In late 2017 disturbing allegations arose tying the Moscow based Kaspersky Labs to state-sponsored hacking campaigns against U.S. companies and our intelligence agencies.

Nikola Broadband takes no position on the validity of these allegations being brought against Kaspersky, we are simply choosing to not renew Kaspersky subscriptions while the companies’ commitment to the confidentiality of their user data is shrouded in doubt, as is being reported by a free American press.

What does this mean for you?

If you are not already a user of Nikola’s e-mail services, nothing will change for you. We still recommend AVG Free as a no-cost baseline security product for our budget conscious home subscribers. For businesses, and those who are comfortable paying a reasonable subscription price for anti-malware services, Nikola Broadband continues to recommend ESET Anti-malware for improved threat detection.

But be aware, anti-malware solutions are still not a substitute for safe computing practices, and may on occasion give you a false sense of indomitably. Nikola’s internet security technologies will help protect you from external attacks, but will not be able to render aid to threats you invite in through your web-browser or e-mail client.

If you are an existing Nikola e-mail user, on February 15th, 2018 our mail services will cease to use the Kaspersky supplied attachment scanning code. Although we already filter for malicious executable code masquerading as e-mail attachments, the Kaspersky separation will leave you responsible for practicing good security on documents and spreadsheets that arrive in your inbox as attachments.

Microsoft Office Document (.doc/.docx) and Microsoft Office Excel Spreadsheets (.xls/.xlsx) can contain scripted events called ‘Macros’ should you choose to open the document and allow the macro to run. These two most common malicious attachment vectors are followed closely by Adobe’s Portable Document Format (.pdf) ; which also opted for convenience over security when they choose to include packed execution and javascript capabilities into a previously flat document format.

Nikola Broadband apologies in advance for this additional burden falling to our e-mail customers starting next month. We will be continuing the ongoing negotiations for integration alternatives to the Kaspersky product line during February, or until which time Kaspersky is able to remove the shadow of doubt currently linking them with cyber espionage operations being conducted by the Russian Federation.

 

 

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