security

AOL OnePoint Mobile helps keep online identity protected

With so many websites that require registrations and logging in, you are bound to have numerous usernames and passwords. That's okay because because people are assured of secure transactions most of the time but remembering all those online passwords can be quite a challenge. Honestly, I don't write down my passwords. I just try to store them in my memory. If I have no choice and am given a difficult to remember code, I write it on Notepad. Not a good idea I know but it's the most convenient way for me.

Power consumption info can be used to spy on you

Most people think that data leaks often happen through those apps that require the phone users to allow GPS, WiFi, and other possible entryways to be hacked. Some apps that can now track your every move via GPS are most likely to be open to hack attacks but researchers recently discovered that Android smartphones actually reveal information about one's location to every app installed on device through the power consumption.

Malware infected about 16 million mobile devices last year

Not that we don't know this one yet but millions of mobile devices have been infected by malware last year. According Alcatel-Lucent, a French telecommunications equipment company, malware affected about 16 million gadgets in 2014. The figure saw a 25 percent increase compared to the previous year. Mobile devices' malware infection rate is still at 0.68 perfect but mobile spyware is on the rise.

Authy 2-Factor Authentication app gets Material Design

One of the best ways to keep your online accounts safe is via two-factor authentication. With that sort of authentication in place, hackers can’t get your password alone and gain access to your accounts. They also need your smartphone or other device to get the authentication code.

Google Drive rewards 2GB for Security Checkup takers

Having extra space in the cloud is always a good thing for file hoarders, heavy media collectors, or just plain old busy people with a lot going on. Google Drive is dangling that reward for its users, but it's all for a "good cause". The cloud storage will be giving extra space for those who will voluntarily undergo their Security Checkup, as part of their contribution to the Safer Internet Day and to ensure that all is fine and dandy on your cloud drive.

Confide app for Android now available, ready to make docs disappear

There are many apps and tools available for Android and other mobile platforms that businessmen and professionals find very useful for work. One of the more reliable apps today is Confide because it allows people to be worry-free while using the tool to record important business transactions. The development team promises end-to-end encryption of documents, messages, text, and photos from sending to viewing to sharing.

Verizon now allows users to opt-out of Supercookies, online activity tracking

Verizon has been offering new data plan options and deals for all subscribers. The carrier has also been releasing new mobile devices and early software updates for Verizon variants. However, the company has been receiving several complaints and criticisms from privacy advocates about some of their regulations which caused Verizon to revise its mobile ad-targeting program. Apparently, the network is believed to be tracking users for ad-targeting purposes.

LG G3 discovered to have hidden App Ops feature

Remember App Ops? Maybe not, especially after the heyday of Android Lollipop. It popped up, accidentally according to Google, around Android 4.3 as a way to let users make fine-grained changes to each app's permissions, without requiring root. Google eventually closed off access to App Ops in subsequent updates and we've never heard from it since. Until now. Apparently, LG has the same functionality hidden in the G3, which some have now been able to access, much to the rejoicing of power users.

Smart Unlock skips lock security in safe and trusted areas

Phone lock features are quite useful but unlocking can be a hassle at times. Frequent entering the passcode, pattern, slide, pin, or fingerprint or facial recognition can take a while. Why can't the phone just ask for the unlock code when it's not within a known territory? That's what the Smart Unlock app does. It offers a hassle-free mobile use at places that are safe and secure. When connected to a trusted device or known network, the phone will no longer ask for the pin. It eliminates one step to accessing your phone or tablet because you can directly go to homepage.

SplashData outs Worst Passwords of 2014 list, 123456 still on top

SplashData recently released its Worst Passwords of 2014 list. This includes the most common passwords used by people on the Internet. By that we mean the passwords that you shouldn't be using at all because if you use them, there is a big chance of your identities being stolen or being hacked. More than 3.3 million passwords that were leaked last 2014 were compiled and analyzed. Of the millions of passwords, "123456" and "password" are the top two most commonly used.
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