Cast in a zombie-filled America, the film has the intertwined story lines of a student trying to reach his family in Ohio, a gun-toting maniac looking for the last Twinkie cake in America, and two sisters trying to get to an amusement park – with all four joined together in a last-ditch effort to travel safely across the country.
To survive this perilous journey, the protagonists are guided by a set of around 30 rules. And perhaps the most famous of these is Zombieland Rule #2: Double Tap.
But just what does this have to do with online security? Quite a lot, starting with your browser. The browser on your device is a magnet for trackers, adware, and malware. Everything goes through your browser so this is really your first line of defense.
The Avira Scout browser, Avira’s own security-focused browser, has a double-barreled approach to defending your device: ABS and Privacy Badger.
ABS, short for Avira Browser Security, is backed by a blacklist of URLs. This ever-evolving list is compiled from Avira’s experiences in protecting users around the globe. It helps block trackers as well as keeping you from accidentally downloading something nasty or being sent to a malware distribution site.
Privacy Badger is based on a learning algorithm user-generated tool for blocking tracking and trackers. Developed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, It identifies trackers by their activities, the company they keep, and incorporates your feedback into its blocking. And, it also helps you disable the tracking functionality in Twitter or Facebook buttons and stops canvas fingerprinting,
“For ‘defense in depth’ (that’s what Double Tap is officially called) it is best to combine two different technologies — and that’s what we are doing here,” explained Thorsten Sick, Security Architect of the Avira Scout browser project. “If one does not stop it, the other will. It’s an application of Zombieland Rule #2. Always shoot twice because they just might look like they are dead.”
By the way: Here’s the link to the official Zombieland trailer.