The Black Hat Conference in Las Vegas, has come upon us. This is where security experts meet to talk cybercrime and other security risks and research—things that impact everything from popular consumer devices to our homes, families, cars, businesses, cities, and even our national critical infrastructure. It’s also where tech wizards are learning to stay one step ahead of the cyber “bad guys.”

With recent hacks like the data breach of federal personnel files, we need to be prepared now more than ever to protect our personal information. Among many others, today’s top three computer threats include:

  1. Ransomware – Prevents or limits users from accessing their computer and forces them to pay the ransom through certain online payment methods to get their data back
  2. Malvertizing – “Malicious advertising” which involves inserting malware-laden advertisements into legitimate online advertising networks
  3. Tech Support Scams – Scam artists are also using the phone to break into your computer. They call, claiming to be computer techs associated with well-known companies, and say they’ve detected viruses on your computer to trick you into giving them remote access or paying for unnecessary software

How can you protect yourself without spending any money?

On this video interview, founder and CEO of Malwarebytes, Marcin Kleczynski will share these recent computer hacks and how people can avoid these threats. He’ll also provide an inside look at the big stories and threats coming out of Black Hat. As an expert in the field, Marcin often discusses the breadth of options out there, and how to navigate the computer security sphere. Marcin founded a company called after, as a teen, a virus infected his parents’ computer, and today he and top malware fighters from around the world are fighting cybercriminals, malware, exploits, zero days and other advanced threats.


About Marcin Kleczynski: Years ago, Marcin picked up a nasty malware infection while browsing online—despite having a popular antivirus in place. As a computer tech he didn’t think it would take long to remove a small bit of malicious code, but was stunned when it took three solid days to free up his computer. Thus, Malwarebytes was born and it now a leading company that protects computer users and businesses against advanced malware and computer threats.

About Black Hat: Black Hat conference has the reputation of drawing the elite of the security world to one place each year for the purpose of introducing the latest security vulnerabilities and exploits—many of which are shocking—such as takeovers of seemingly secure gear, means of recruiting botnets and ways to steal identities.