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#1 Posted : Friday, December 25, 2015 12:24:12 PM(UTC)

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Smartphone Security


Today’s smartphones are capable of doing so much more than the mobile phones of a few years ago – but this greatly extended range of capabilities has also seen the introduction of some new security risks.

Because we’re using our phones for a much wider range of activities – from social networking to online shopping, banking, and surfing the web – we all need to take sensible precautions to ensure our phones and our information are safe from malware attacks and cybercriminals.
Security tips – for safer smartphone use

Here are some useful tips from Kaspersky Lab’s team of Internet security experts:

Keep it locked
Make sure your phone’s screen lock is on – at all times – so there’s less at risk if your phone falls into the hands of a cybercriminal.

Encrypt your sensitive information
If your phone includes data encryption features, make sure you use them. In the event of your phone being stolen, criminals will not be able to access the personal information that’s stored on your phone – if that information has already been encrypted.

Monitor how apps behave on your phone
Be aware of permission access / requests from applications running on your phone. It’s especially important to do this for Android smartphones.

Protect your phone and your data
Many users – that wouldn’t ever consider running a laptop, PC, or Mac computer without anti-malware software – forget that today’s smartphones are powerful computers… and they are vulnerable to the same risks. Make sure you use a reputable anti-malware program on all of your mobile devices – and ensure the antivirus databases are regularly updated.

Be aware of the risks of jailbreaking / rooting
Although it might be tempting to root or jailbreak your phone – in order to access specific apps or services – this will strip away the security. To help keep your phone and your data secure… don’t root or jailbreak your phone.

Switch off Bluetooth… when you can
If you’re not using your Bluetooth connection, it’s a great idea to switch it off. That way, you’ll make your phone less vulnerable to cyberattack… and you’ll reduce the drain on your phone’s battery.

Choose a smartphone security solution with anti-theft features
Some smartphone security products include a range of anti-theft features that give you remote access to your lost or stolen phone – so you can lock the phone, wipe data from it, and find its location.


#2 Posted : Friday, December 25, 2015 12:25:34 PM(UTC)

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10 Ways to Keep Your Phone Safe
Your mobile activity may be putting your privacy at risk

If you’re one of the 58 percent of Americans who own a smartphone, then you probably use it every day: In addition to making calls and sending texts, you might use it for directions, to post to social media, browse the Internet and shop. It’s those last few activities that can put your privacy most at risk.

Cyber experts say the rapid adoption of smartphones into daily life – especially for shopping, which requires the exchange of payment information – leaves many people vulnerable to financial attacks. A 2013 Norton report found that 1 in 3 smartphone users have experienced some form of cybercrime. Protecting yourself doesn't have to be expensive or time-consuming, but you should consider following these 10 steps:

1. When browsing or shopping on your phone (or computer), always look for "https" in the url instead of "http." That indicates an added level of security, which should always appear before exchanging any private information, like credit card numbers, online.

2. Add a password to your phone. It might be a pain to type a number into your phone each time you want to use it, but losing your phone without that protection could lead to a far greater headache. Given that Norton reports that 25 percent of smartphone users have had their phone lost or stolen, it's a smart move.

3. Use a "find your phone tool." Certain software and apps, including Find My iPhone (and Find My Phone for Android), make it easy to find your phone if you lose it and help anyone who finds it to connect with you. Some programs, like Norton Mobile Security, also offer the option of locking and wiping your phone remotely if necessary.

4. Don't allow automatic connections. Some smartphones are set up to automatically connect with available Wi-Fi networks and Bluetooth devices. Disabling this option will prevent your phone from connecting and transmitting data without you realizing it.

5. Treat email and social media requests from strangers suspiciously. Criminals might send friend requests to people they don't know to gather information about them. While most people will ignore or reject the request, a small portion will accept, and those are the people who criminals target. For example, they can use a seemingly harmless post, like the victim's photos from a restaurant meal, to then call the victim, impersonate the restaurant and request a credit card number in order to process a refund for an alleged overcharge.

6. Be a savvy shopper. It's not wrong to shop from your phone, whether by browser or retailer app, but you should be extra careful with vendors you aren't familiar with, especially if the store initiated contact through an email, text message or social media site. You can always run a Web search on the company first, or visit the Better Business Bureau to check for any complaints.

7. Check privacy settings on apps. Some apps request a lot of information from you, including your location and passwords or access to other apps or your text messages. If they don't need all of that information (and why would they?), then deny access.

8. Beware the package tracking scam. If you're ordering a lot of packages online, you might not be too surprised to receive an email from what looks like a major retailer about a package that it couldn't deliver. But take a closer look, and you might notice that the email isn't actually from the domain name of that retailer. It's a common scam, and typically works by getting the recipient to click on a fraudulent link that then collects personal information. Don't click on it.

9. Avoid fraudulent Wi-Fi networks. Call it the coffee shop problem: A fraudster sets up a Wi-Fi network that has a similar name to the coffee shop he's sitting in, but instead of simply providing free Wi-Fi, he's using the signal to collect information from the people around him who log onto the network. For example, a coffee shop user could use the shared Wi-Fi to log into his or her bank, and the fraudster could potentially access that banking information.​

10. Use better passwords. Consumers often reuse the same passwords for multiple sites, which can leave them vulnerable to hacking if one site gets broken into. Some passwords, like ones based on your birthday or mother’s maiden name, are easy to figure out. Anyone with access to your Facebook account, for example, can easily piece together basic family information.

There's no reason to stop leveraging your phone for convenience and productivity, but just be sure to apply a few street smarts first.

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5 Tips for Online Smartphone Shopping Nobody Tells You About

The new Flipkart app is pretty amazing, isn’t it? If you haven’t tried it out as yet, you definitely should. However, there are several things you need to keep in mind when you make an online purchase through your smartphone.

Most people wrongly believe that smartphones are malware free and carry little to no danger with regards to data theft. However, once you start making online purchases through your mobile device, there are several safety precautions that you do need to keep in mind.

Always shop through official apps
When it comes to online shopping, your credit/debit card details are your most crucial assets. These need to remain secure and the best way to achieve this is by shopping through official apps that are released by credible online shopping portals. Though these apps do not provide complete and guaranteed security, they are the safest modes for carrying out online purchases. So instead of going to the Flipkart website on your smartphone and making a purchase there, simply install their app for your OS. Make your transaction through the app and stay assured that your data is safe.

Never shop through email links
If you have received an email that talks about special offers and discounts, do not be tempted to click on the link to make that purchase. Visit the website mentioned separately and type in the name of the offer or the product that you are looking at. If you don’t find the offer/product there, then something is definitely amiss. Many times, fake emails are sent to people to entice them to click and make a purchase from fake online portals. Refrain from doing this as the data on your smartphone is highly sensitive and important.

Always look for HTTPS certification
Mobile browsers can be tricky, especially for shoppers. All the tricks for catching a phishing link that can be made use of on a desktop, are harder to adhere to when it comes to a mobile browser. Mobile apps are generally made to function differently so as to deliver a better surfing experience and customer User Interface. Where we as shoppers lose out is the lack of visibility of the address bar at all times. So we are unable to view the URL of a page in its entirety and spot the HTTPS prefix (this is very simple on a PC). So you should always study the URL of a page closely and ensure it has HTTPS certification, before you make a purchase through your smartphone.

Be smart about what card you use
The one golden rule here that no one tells you is about the card that you use to actually make a purchase. Online purchases are never completely foolproof and can always go awry. So never use a debit card of an account where you have all your savings piled up. If these details get stolen, you will be in deep trouble. Instead, open a new account with limited money in it and use that debit card for purchases. That way, even if you lose the details for that account, the hit you take will be minimized. Additionally, you can also use credit cards for online purchases as banks are generally more open to refunding credit card amounts in case of fraudulent activity. Feasibly, you can also use a prepaid credit card number to make an online purchase through your smartphone.

Always use a secure Wi-Fi connection
Free Wi-Fi in coffee shops and airports and malls are great for people who are constantly on the move. However, making an online purchase through these connections should be strictly avoided. Wi-Fi snoopers and interceptors can steal private data over unsecured Wi-Fi networks, so stick to secured and private networks at your home or office for making purchases. A little bit of patience till the time you can connect over a private network will help you tremendously, so get a grip on that trigger finger and hold on before making that purchase.

While all these tips should be followed, it is always advisable to have a helping hand when possible. Quick Heal Total Security for Android provides you with this added layer of security while you make online purchases by blocking malicious threats and phishing sites. With this enhanced mobile virus protection suite at your disposal and by following the aforementioned tips, you can carry out all your online mobile purchases without any worries.

#4 Posted : Friday, December 25, 2015 1:12:51 PM(UTC)

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Tôi xài smartphone để mua sắm on line, trả tiền nợ credit card, trả tiền điện nước, chuyển tiền từ nhà băng (eBanking) v.v... thì đây là vài cách xài được an toàn:

1. Không root cái android smart phone hay jailbreak iphone

2. Không mua sắm ở những nơi công cộng như phi trường, tiệm cà phê ... có vài người đứng gần đang cầm điện thoại nói chuyện nhưng thật ra là hướng cái máy camera quay hình về hướng bạn và đang quay video từn keystrokes bạn đang đánh ... (nhiều máy smartphone hiện giờ có camera cở 20 MP thì thấy rất rõ ...

3. Không xài wifi công cộng từ phi trường, thư viện, tiệm cà phê ... cái nầy không mã hoá nên không an toàn, bạn vào được là hacker vào trước rồi!!!

4. Xài Apps chính thức từ Amazon, nhà băng, American Express v.v...

5. Không cho apps nhớ user id và password - mỗi lần xài apps đều phải đánh vào user ID và password (user ID cũng coi như là 1 cái password!). Nên xài password cở 10-12 chữ và số hay nhiều hơn

6. Mua sắm nhanh chóng - rồi log-out ngay lập tức


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