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Millions Of Android Users Vulnerable To Security Breaches

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/android-security-vulnerability-2013-8

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Millions of Android smartphone users are susceptible to security vulnerabilities such as viruses and malware, according to an internal bulletin prepared by the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI.

The July 23 bulletin, obtained by the website Public Intelligence, reveals that Android — as the most widely used mobile OS — continues to be the target of attacks due to “its market share and open source architecture.”

“44 percent of Android users are still using version 2.3.3 through 2.3.7 — known as Gingerbread — which were released in 2011 and have a number of security vulnerabilities that were fixed in later versions,” the bulletin reads.

Android leads the smartphone market, with roughly 80% global market share. While more popular in the consumer, rather than the public sector, the bulletin warns that software needs to be kept up-to-date as more federal, state, and local authorities use Android.

The bulletin describes some of the threats if the OS isn’t updated to the latest, and more secure software. These include viruses that send out text messages without the user’s knowledge, and “rootkits,” which are able to log user locations and passwords.

The current 4.3 version of Android, known as Jelly Bean, is considered much safer — with a built-in feature that allows users to scan installed apps for signs of malicious or dirty code, according to Phandroid.

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Monday, August 26th, 2013 Uncategorized No Comments

drag2share: WhatsApp Reaches 300 Million Active Users

source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/businessinsider/~3/_Ld8Ztc1Cdw/apple-is-top-handset-maker-in-us-2013-8

WhatsApp Reaches 300 Million Active Users (Statista)
WhatsApp, the over-the-top (OTT) mobile messaging app that bypasses carrier SMS fees and allows mobile users to send text messages over an internet connection, just reached 300 million active users across the globe. More interestingly, it acquired 100 million users in the past four months. Its users are also sending 11 billion messages on a daily basis. Because WhatsApp continues to grow rapidly, OTT messaging services are showing no signs of stopping. This is troublesome for carriers who look to text message fees as a significant source of revenue. Read >

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Thursday, August 8th, 2013 news No Comments

drag2share: Kids Who Grow Up Using iPads Have Restricted Vocabularies

source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/businessinsider/~3/ej7kmEb_VGA/kids-who-grow-up-using-ipads-have-restricted-vocabularies-2013-7

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The iPad generation will learn fewer words, experts fear, as using text messages, emails and computers to learn could be stunting children’s vocabulary.

Our brains are hardwired to learn new words when we hear others use them in conversation. But as children increasingly learn through devices instead of listening to others they do not get the opportunity to hear a wide range of words.


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Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013 news No Comments

drag2share: Some SIM cards can be hacked ‘in about two minutes’ with a pair of text messages

source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/07/22/sim-card-hack/?utm_medium=feed&utm_source=Feed_Classic&utm_campaign=Engadget

Some SIM cards can be hacked 'in about two minutes' with a pair of text messages

Every phone needs a SIM card, and you’d think such a ubiquitous standard would be immune to any hijack attempts. Evidently not, as Karsten Nohl of Security Research Labs — who found a hole in GSM call encryption several years ago — has uncovered a flaw that allows some SIM cards to be hacked with only a couple of text messages. By cloaking an SMS so it appears to have come from a carrier, Nohl said that in around a quarter of cases, he receives an error message back containing the necessary info to work out the SIM’s digital key. With that knowledge, another text can be sent that opens it up so one can listen in on calls, send messages, make mobile purchases and steal all manner of data.


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Monday, July 22nd, 2013 news No Comments

Scary permissions requested by android app – take a CLOSE look

Notice where the app says it can not only READ your text messages but it can also EDIT any text message.

It can also “directly call phone numbers and send text messages” to “anyone in your phone book”

Finally, it can change your audio/video settings, record audio and take pictures and video. 

Hmmm …  from a publisher you don’t know.  Anyone else freaked out about this kind of permission granting?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 digital No Comments

Few Consumers Trust Social Media Marketing, Internet Ads

Source: http://www.marketingcharts.com/wp/interactive/few-consumers-trust-social-media-marketing-internet-ads-28061/

A Forrester Research survey [download page] of almost 60,000 US online adults and more than 15,000 European online adults reveals that few trust common types of digital advertising and promotions such as social media posts, ads on websites, and text messages from companies or brands. Looking solely at US respondents, only 15% trust social media […]

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Monday, March 25th, 2013 news No Comments

Apple Kills The Text Message (AAPL)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-apple-kills-the-overpriced-text-message-2012-1


Apple’s iMessage is killing off the overpriced text message, at least for a narrow group of iPhone owners.

Graphic designer Neven Mrgan posted this chart showing how his text messaging use changed after Apple released iOS 5 with iMessage. As you can see, it dropped dramatically.

Most of Mrgan’s friends are iPhone owners, so iMessaging is free between them. If you own an iPhone but most of your friends are on Android, RIM, or feature phones, you’re still going to have to pay for text messages.

Regardless, the writing is on the wall for text messaging. Carriers are going to be losing one of their easiest sources of profits.

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Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012 news No Comments

Carrier IQ Admits Holding ‘Treasure Trove’ of Consumer Data, But No Keystrokes

Source: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/12/carrier-iq-data-vacuum/

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California — An embattled phone-monitoring software maker said Friday that its wares, secretly installed on some 150 million phones, have the capacity to log web usage, and to chronicle where and when and to what numbers calls and text messages were sent and received. The Carrier IQ executives, speaking at their nondescript headquarters in a residential neighborhood in the heart of Silicon Valley, told Wired that the data they vacuum to their servers from handsets is vast — as the software also monitors apps deployment, battery life, phone CPU output and data and cell-site connectivity. But, they said, they are not logging every keystroke as a prominent critic claimed.



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Sunday, December 4th, 2011 news No Comments

Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/wi7IRjN1PGg/the-us-is-giving-digitalization-112-percent

If you were ever curious to know how fast our lives are becoming saturated with digital technology, get a load of this graph. In 2004 we were in the kiddie pool and by 2007 we were drowning.

Citing the Census Bureau’s recent Statistical Abstract of the United States, Fast Company notes that an estimated 110 billion text messages were sent on cellphones in December 2008—more than double the previous year. Retail sales also soared from $24 billion when the decade began to $128 billion in 2007.

So where are we now? It’s probably safe to assume that the Cracken has dragged our lifeless corpse to Davy Jones’ locker. [Fast Company]


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