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Just one of the ways ParetoLogic works hard to protect its users and others is through MalwareBlacklist.com. This ParetoLogic website  is an invaluable resource for security researchers as it has up-to-date information on malicious websites.

MalwareBlacklist.com helps make Internet a safer place

In order to better protect computers users worldwide, ParetoLogic harnesses its intelligence, technology and partnerships.

A perfect example of these efforts is MalwareBlacklist.com. Also known as the ParetoLogic URL Clearing House, this website is a quality, free resource for security researchers and companies seeking up-to-date information on malicious websites. It is a large database of malicious website URLs as well as those sites that have been compromised and are unknowingly pushing malware onto visitors. Utilizing data from ParetoLogic's phishingemails.com, URLs are also available for sites that try to dupe users into giving away their confidential information.

The information on MalwareBlacklist.com is used for research and to help protect web surfers, through security software like ParetoLogic Anti-Virus PLUS, and other companies. ParetoLogic Senior Security Analyst and MalwareBlacklist.com creator Jerome Segura said, "Our users range from traditional malware researchers, students working on a thesis, and security companies that use our list to protect their users/customers." Data is shared to benefit everyone. ParetoLogic offers an hourly MalwareBlacklist.com feed from its servers.

One of the strengths of MalwareBlacklist.com is that some of its data comes from ParetoLogic's HoneyPot technology. The idea of the HoneyPot is not to attract bees or bears, but rather to catch malware. The HoneyPot is basically a group of machines set up with various configurations (as not all home users' computers are configured the same way).

The HoneyPot scans thousands of websites daily. When a drive-by download is detected, it is reported. Drive-by downloads are what occurs when you visit a website and an attempt is made to download malware onto your machine without your knowledge. Software such as ParetoLogic Anti-Virus PLUS uses Active Blocking to stop this from occurring.

"The term 'honeypot' means a system which can collect information for research purposes while at the same time looking like any other computer so that cyber criminals cannot differentiate the two," Segura said.

While the HoneyPot identifies many bad URLs, it cannot possibly find every one. That is why ParetoLogic counts on its partners and other researchers.

"Anyone can submit URLs to our system which, once validated, will appear on the site," Segura said. "We work with other companies that share several hundred links a day, but the overall community is also quite active. For example, one of our users has already submitted more than 500 URLs in just a few months."

As with anything online, changes constantly take place. URLs can be spewing malware spyware, adware, Trojans or others one hour and are non-existent the next. That is why ParetoLogic archives the content so it can be analyzed over and over.

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