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40% of Mexicans uninstall their antivirus to download movies prior to the Oscar ceremony

by excelr Tuhin (2020-05-30)


The great event of the Academy Awards ceremony for the best of the academy always causes a stir, and of course, before we know the winners, we want to see their films and have a better critical eye to comment on the results. However, this event has also represented a threat, since the download of pirated films on malicious sites is triggered and in fact 40% of Mexicans uninstall their antivirus to access this content without imagining the risks that this entails.

The Oscar ceremony produces the largest number of pirated movie downloads in Mexico

According to data provided by Torrent Freak , the portal dedicated to the latest news on copyright and privacy , during the end of January when the list of films nominated for an Oscar was released, the number of pirated downloads related to the nominated titles was increased significantly.

An example of this is the movie Bohemian Rhapsody, which, occupying the tenth position in the ranking of most downloaded movies, became a leader after its nominations, since it is the most downloaded movie on pirated websites around the world. Second is A Star is Born , nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars this year.

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The risks for the user who uninstalls their antivirus to download files or software

According to the data that the American Chamber of Commerce has revealed , 8 out of 10 Mexicans who consume piracy assure that they have no regrets in doing so. But despite this, you should be aware that downloading pirated movies carries several risks.

When a user uninstalls their antivirus, they are exposed to computer viruses that, in addition to putting their computer at risk, also put their private data at risk . According to a recent report by Kaspersky Lab, from January to September 2018, unlicensed software and content were responsible for more than 5 million crypto attacks , that is, malicious programs developed to take control of a computer's resources and use them to mine cryptocurrencies without user authorization.

“Users often don't think about the consequences of their online activities, making them easy prey for cybercriminals. For example, an activity that is not generally perceived as dangerous, such as the download and installation of software of dubious origin, underpinned what could be said to have been the biggest cyber threat last year: the malicious extraction of cryptocurrencies,  said Fabio Assolini, Kaspersky Lab senior security analyst.

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But there is another high-risk behavior: the user who uninstalls their antivirus. A Kaspersky Lab survey , carried out in conjunction with market research consultancy Corpa, revealed that 40% of Mexicans have uninstalled their security software to complete the download of an application.

Keep your equipment protected

In order to keep your computer and your data protected, Kaspersky recommends following the following steps:

  • Be careful what you download . One of the objectives of cybercriminals is to trick you into downloading malicious files. As a general rule, don't download files that look suspicious or come from a place you don't trust;
  • Use robust security software . Products like  Kaspersky Total Security offer protection against all threats, such as detection and removal of malware from your PC, Mac and mobile devices.
  • Update the operating system and applications you use regularly so that they have the latest security patches and resets.