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Keeping Your Android Phone Secure PDF Print E-mail

Today, having a phone as a means of communication is as normal as breathing but having a phone that surpasses just the normal calling, texting and perhaps the normal use of internet is something to be considered as great or 'cool' because what we now call a smartphone is a device to behold. How else can you explain an android phone that sends text messages, can receive and make a call, has a camera, can be a workstation when connected to the internet, one can listen to music and record or download it, watch videos, chat with friends or clients while using other applications on the same phone.

Keeping your Android phone safe should be a key concern. You have tons of valuable data that is stored on that. Not only do you not want your personal information getting into the hands of the wrong person. You also do not want to spend money on replacing your phone. You then have to re-enter all of your data into this new phone which is a waste of time.

Imagine losing your android phone that has all that because losing it is like losing your identity with contacts, text messages, photos, videos, reminders and so much more information saved up in the phone. But the good news is that there are some steps you can take to secure your smartphone, whether from ill intended people like thieves or cyber criminals.

I will show you the apps to keep your phone safe.

Use the simplest of all, PIN (personal identification number)

Now, this has got to be the simplest and most common of all as every phone has a system where you can set up a pin and you're the only one who should know the PIN combinations to your phone. Always ensure your phone has a PIN that you have memorized. Even accessibility to your emails, company documents including internet access should be safely secured by a strong password or PIN.

Use tracking systems

Most phone manufacturers are producing smartphones with tracking systems in place. You can also download an application to that effect if your phone doesn't come with it. Some systems are quite sufficient and are able to wipe out your information remotely if the phone gets stolen so that your information won't be accessed or tampered with. The android phone for instance sends alert messages when sim cards are exchanged. You can also track it online using GPRS or cell towers and even view images caught by its spy camera.

Be alert!

Be ware of software, sites or programs that cannot be genuinely traced which can get to your credit card and private information that you probably don't want anybody to access. Cross check hyperlinks and their landing pages to ensure nothing is left to chance.

Update your phone

Just like computer or any other device updates, your smartphone should regularly get updated and not just for promotions or a catch somewhere but for security.

Choose the right software

Many offers on softwares are coming up but its best to choose softwares from a credited company and one that is mostly recommended everywhere, because software can be maliciously used to extract or damage your smartphone. Installing a strong antivirus on your android phone to guard against damaging soft wares and viruses is highly recommended.

Phone covers/bags

Many of you might think its silly or old fashioned but when your phone drops and hits a hard surface or goes into some place holding water you wont like it at all. So use a phone cover especially when moving around because it helps prevent the phone from breaking when it hits a hard surface or from immediate damage when it comes into contact with water. There are trendy smartphone covers and bags available everywhere so get one!

Lookout

The Lookout app has tons of security features such as antivirus, a firewall, and intrustion prevention. The best part is that they are extremely lightweight so they do not bog down your phone. Lookout out also helps you if your phone is lost or stolen. You can log into the web interface on any computer and track down your phone. You simply click the locate button and it will show where your phone is on map. Lastly Lookout also comes with data backup. It will back up all of your personal data including contacts, photos, video, e-mail, and text messages.

WaveSecure

WaveSecure is another great security app which is similar to Lookout. WaveSecure lets you lock down your phone from the web interface so that it becomes useless if you have lost your phone. You can also display a message and sound an alarm. Just like Lookout you are also able to track down your phone with WaveSecure. You can set an auto-backup or trigger a backup remotely from the website. The one big feature that WaveSecure offers that Lookout does not is the wipe out feature. You are able to log into the web interface and remotely wipe all the data from your phone.

Protector

Protector is another great app but it's different than the previous 2 apps. Protector allows you to password protect any app on your phone, or any feature of an app. It's a great security program that can be very beneficial for many users. Protector allows you to password protect any Android app. SMS, Gmail, e-mail, Settings, Photos, Calendar, Notepad, Chat...or anything else you can even want to put a password on is an option.

You are even able to protect just particular features of apps if you need to. There is no workaround that will put your apps at danger. Even using a task manager won't prevent the apps from losing their protection. If you try to uninstall the Protector app, you need the pin code to do so!

 
Useful Android Apps PDF Print E-mail

Android application development is gradually becoming a need. The smart phones have already changed the way people used to look at the mobile phone devices. Now the smart phones are enabled with a wide array of features. The Android applications have brought a big revolution in the market of smart phones. The applications have the potential of affecting each and every walk of life. With the help of the app not only can you find the nearest eatery but also find the nearest medical facility.

The Android app development is based on Android open source platform and is powered by Google. It is because of this that the cost of developing an Android app is significantly reduced. This implies that the return on investment is higher in case of Android applications. It is because of this that the demand of Android applications is rising steeply. Seeing to this demand many information technology companies have started offering Android apps development services.

Moreover the technicalities involved in Android apps development are not very complex. It can be done even by a person with a little knowledge of programming. It is usually said that insufficient knowledge can be dangerous and risky. It is advisable to avail the services of a professional Android app developer.

How to select the most appropriate Android App Developer?

Your ignorance could be considered as foolishness and the application developer may try to take you for a ride. This can make you feel frustrated. So it is better to explore the internet and collect as much relevant information as possible.

Double check the authenticity of the app developer. Does he/she do the developing work or do he/she outsource it to a third party?

Are the claims about experience genuine? Get in touch with the earlier clients of the application developer and get to know about their experiences with the application developer. Never blindly trust the testimonials mentioned on the websites.

It is good to trust the word of mouth recommendation but circumstances may differ. It is possible that the referee may have found the services affordable because his/her budge was high. This may not be the case with you. It is you who has to thoroughly know the ins and outs of your business and the potential of the idea /concept to generate revenue.

In recent months, the majority of developers began to offer their mobile apps on Android smartphones. Most companies now recognize that the Android user base is growing and that future releases should be compatible with these types of devices.

As a result, the Android Market is now flooded with an untold number of mobile apps. To make matters more confusing for the consumer, new programs are posted every day. Let's take a look at some tips that will make picking useful Android apps easier.

Choosing Apps from the Android Market Interface

If you are picking apps on a phone like the Droid X or Google's G2 for T-Mobile, you can access Android's proprietary application store from the built-in user interface. This online store features the newest and hottest apps. You can sort them by cost and popularity, and this will help you find the majority of the most mainstream releases.

This user interface also allows you to search for Android apps by keyword. If you are looking for a specific program, this will be the easiest way to find it. However, if you are just looking for useful Android apps in general without any specific title in mind, this won't be the most effective method.

Using Third-Party Services to Find Android Apps

Some companies provide search engines through which you can find new applications. AppBrain and StumbleUpon, for example, both offer different app search experiences. With StumbleUpon's methodology, your interests are plugged into an algorithm which then finds Android apps for you based on your specific interests.

AppBrain incorporates social elements to help you find selections. You can share your favorites on Facebook and Twitter. It also lets you know which apps have dropped in price recently. Third-party tools can be very helpful when you are picking useful Android apps.

Think Outside the Box

There are so many mobile applications available these days. Many of them offer solutions to problems you face right now. However, it is hard to predict the potential functions of all the apps that might exist on the Android Market.

Think about things that could be accomplished with a mobile app. This will inform your search. Odds are fairly good that any possible idea will have been attempted by a developer by now. If not, you may have discovered a great business idea.

Once you've determined a way that an application might improve your life, think of keywords that would help you find Android apps that could accomplish that function. For this type of research methodology, you should be able to find selections by simply searching for them by keyword in the Android Market user interface.

Between third-party services and the phone's built-in functionality, you have lots of tools at your disposal to find great Android apps. The difficult part is choosing which ones will best improve your life.

 
Android Mobile Phones Malware PDF Print E-mail

Smartphone malware is not yet regarded as a big threat, but its coming. Malicious software is jumping from PCs to android mobile phones, malware makers target the smartphone platform in anticipation of making a quick buck. And if you can remember the infected Droid­Dream and Plankton Android apps, an infected app that was released into the Android Market with ability to infect several thousand android cellphone users' before anyone could detect the existence of the malware.

While taking note of the DroidDream incident, numerous phones that downloaded the software infected with a Trojan horse and rooted their phone and later on gave vital data like the user's location and cell phone numbers to a remote server. The very same day, Google destroyed the contaminated apps in the Android Market, and washed away the apps from phones remotely. It later issued an update to re-pair the damage which the DroidDream Trojan horse had done.

How to shield yourself

The safest way is of course to avoid unknown apps and if necessary, research apps and their publishers in detail before tapping the download button. Before you install an app, you should ensure that the apps avails a list of authorizations for services that the app should access on your phone. For example, if an app prompts to access an alarm clock, it doesn't need to access your phone's contacts list. And if something in the consent screen looks suspicious, ensure thorough precautions before you download the app.

Touch screen on android mobile phones can be very dangerous when you are surfing on the net, hence you should be on the look out of what you click while surfing the web. Some time in June, a mobile security company 'Lookout' exposed malicious advertisements aimed at android smartphone users and deliberate to swindle them into installing infected apps. A few types of mobile antivirus software, such as Lookout Mobile Security, have features aimed to protect you from malware such as these.

It is however advisable to install antivirus software on your android phone. Most big-household security companies such as McAfee, AVG, and Sy­­mantec have a downloadable cellphone app for protecting your smartphone. Aside from guarding against malware, these apps include vital abilities such as to lock and wash your phone remotely. When you purchase a new phone; it's a better to install antivirus software before you add any other apps. And you'll tremendously reduce your phone's ability to get phished against malware activities.

Since malware is increasingly rising for the Android platform day by day, you must pay firm attention to what is going on your phone or tablet. Smartphones are basically computers - and all PCs are at risk to viruses, phishing, including various attacks from malicious software.

Here are quick ways to keep your Android phone free of malware

Find out the app's publisher: What other apps does the publisher offer? Does the publisher run its own website? What are the kinds of apps on offer, do they look fishy? If so, you may probably consider staying away. Go through online reviews, but take note that Android Market reviews should not be fully trusted. Browse through to see what highly regarded websites like AppBrain, PCWorld, or AppLib are saying about such like app before you click on the download button.

Always authenticate app permissions: Before you download or update an app, you should see a list of consents for it. For example, an alarm clock app perhaps shouldn't need to look on your contacts. The general law of thumb: If an app is requesting for too much what it requires to do, then it's advisable to skip it.

Stay away from directly installing Android Package files (APKs): for example when Angry Birds came to Android initially, you could download it only by using a third-party app store and "sideloading" it, having the app installed by using an APK file. Even though Angry Birds wasn't malware, as a general rule it's not recommended downloading and installing APK files from third-party sites or app stores. Usually you won't notice what the file contains until you've finally installed the file - and by then it will be too late.

Have a malware and antivirus scanner installed on your phone:a number of different big-name security companies by now offer mobile-security solutions, which several of them are free. Antivirus apps for example the "Lookout Mobile Security" can scan your smartphone and be certain that no malware is installed. In addition, most of the utilities have features that allow you to trace your phone - and conceivably even remotely lock it and clean your personal data, if you'll end up losing the handset.

Watch out for scams:whether you agree, your Android phone is prone to malicious sites, phishing scams, which are driven by downloads, similar to PCs. Malicious sites regularly try to cheat people into entering sensitive personal information; even more frustrating, still, is some sites' ability to go ahead and automatically download malware right to your phone. Since most phones are small, hence the smaller screen; and users more likely to click a wary link on a phone than when browsing using a PC



 
Smartphone Security for Today and Tomorrow PDF Print E-mail

With the smartphone industry growing larger every day, there is a growing concern for the security of data on said mobile devices. The power of these devices is always increasing, as is the amount of software that can be installed on them. With the advent of these different types of software, including financial software and personal identification software, the need for more security is a must. Most of these types of devices come with some type of security built-in, but is this really enough for today's world?

For most people nowadays, their whole life is on their smartphone. It includes a plethora of personal information and data, such as:

  • personal/work documents, notes, pictures, and emails that can contain sensitive information
  • full access to Wi-Fi networks that you connect to at work or at home
  • calendar appointments and contacts
  • access to various sites/information through apps, such as social networking apps, bill paying apps, movie apps, shopping apps, and etcetera

With all this information on our smartphones, it makes it a goldmine for potential thieves. The risk of your phone being lost, stolen, or even being rummaged through by your IT guy is only the half of the security problem with them. Smartphones can also leak other kinds of data through sniffing of your internet traffic when connected to open Wi-Fi networks. Your passwords to unencrypted websites and services, such as Facebook, Twitter, web-based e-mail sites, POP3 e-mail services, etcetera could be easily be sniffed by someone else on the network. There is also the issue of viruses, malware, SMS/MMS exploits, and Bluetooth exploits; these exploits can manipulate your phone settings and prevent you from using certain features, send information to or call contacts in your phone, steal and/or destroy personal information on your phone, or render your phone completely unusable.

Though the biggest concerns for now should be more focused on protecting your phone from theft or loss or sniffing over Wi-Fi, the issues of malicious software and hacking are becoming more and more prevalent every day. These issues could become more of a concern in the not so distant future due to the lack of integrated active security systems, such as firewalls, anti-virus programs, and anti-malware programs into our phones.

To set a bit of background for the importance of securing your mobile phone, Juniper Networks conducted a study of more than 6,000 smartphone and tablet users in 16 countries about mobile security threats. They found the following:

  • 250% increase in the amount of mobile malware over the past year
  • a Fortune 15 company discovered that 1,250 of its 25,000 devices were infected with malware
  • 44% of respondents to the survey use their devices for both business and personal use
  • 80% admit to using their devices to access their work network without the employer's knowledge or permission
  • one out of every twenty apps in the Android marketplace requests permissions that could allow the app to place a call without the user knowing
  • nine of ten mobile devices have little or no security protection
  • more than 60% of reported smartphone infections are spyware and 17% are text message trojans that can rack up fees that are charged to the device owner's account

As clearly evidenced by Juniper's findings, there is an inherent need for more mobile phone security. Fortunately, there are several options to help secure your phone that are built-in to the operating system and several third-party programs as well. Even the most basic of security measures can help you protect your personal information. To begin, we will start with some of the simpler defense mechanisms.

While this first one may seem pretty obvious and straightforward, do not lose your phone! If you are in a public place, do not sit it down or put it in your pocket or an open bag, where it can be easily grabbed. This is actually the most common way that phones get lost or stolen.

You should also set your phone to lock or timeout after a certain period of time (recommend thirty second or less), especially if you happen to leave your phone out on your desk at work or in other public areas. All major smartphones come with this functionality built-in. You will want to make sure that you choose something that is not easy for anyone to guess, but easy for you to remember. It should not be something as simple as your address, name, phone number, etcetera. Here is how to easily set timeout settings and passwords on your phone:

iPhone:

Beginning with iOS 4, Apple introduced the ability to setup a password in addition to the standard 4-digit PIN code. To set a passcode, go to Settings, General, and Passcode Lock. From there, set the password or PIN code that you would like, as well as adjust the screen timeout through the Auto-Lock option. You may also select the Erase Data option to erase all data on the phone after 10 failed passcode attempts.

While password protecting your phone can greatly decrease the risk of your information being stolen, it is always good to take even more precautions. There are several different types of security suites out there from different vendors, as well as built-in software that can perform a "remote wipe" on your phone in the event that it is lost or stolen. Remote wipe means that you can completely remove all of your data from the phone, including e-mails, texts, documents, contacts, etcetera over the internet. For those corporate users who have a Microsoft Exchange e-mail account, this can easily be accomplished without any third-party software. You can either do it yourself through the Options panel in Outlook Web Access or have someone in the IT department initiate the wipe. For those who are personal users, or for those that do not have an Exchange account, there are several other options from third-party vendors.

The iPhone does not have quite as many options as other platforms. The only option available is to track your phone using MobileMe. If your iPhone has iOS 4.2 or higher, you can simply download the Find My Phone app from the App Store and enable it online through MobileMe. If you lose your phone, you can login through the MobileMe website and track your phone. If you have an older version of iOS, you will need to have a paid MobileMe account, which costs $99/year.

As far as anti-virus protection on the iPhone, there are none currently available on the consumer level. Apple relies strictly on the App Store's stringent review process to keep out any malicious software. While this sounds good in theory, it is not foolproof. With so many apps going through the approval process, there are bound to be some malicious ones that get through. The only other sort of protection available for the iPhone is Trend Smart Surfing, which blocks access to web pages with malicious content and helps circumvent phishing attacks.

However, Juniper Networks is currently working on the Juno Pulse Mobile Security suite that includes anti-virus, firewall, anti-spam, and remote monitoring/control services. It also remotely backs up and restores data and can locate lost devices. Juno Pulse is currently available to enterprise customers only, but they are looking to move into the consumer market.

Some other general security measures that you can take to protect yourself are to make sure that when installing third-party apps, you pay attention to the privileges that you are granting to them. Some of these privileges can include access to your GPS location, access to your contacts, access to your text messages, and other personal data. With BlackBerry App World and the Apple App Store, most of these problems are handled at the application store level before they are released to the masses. However, the Android Marketplace is a bit different, as Google does not screen all apps that come into it. It gives the end user more freedom, where the app asks you for specific permissions when installing and updating them. In short, it is best to use common sense and pay attention to what you are installing before you install it-read the reviews and make sure that it has a good number of users beforehand. Also, make sure that you only download apps from trusted sources. It is no different than the precautions you should use when installing programs on your computer.

Other aspects of securing your device that you should pay attention to are that when logging into a website, ensure that the connection is encrypted using SSL or HTTPS. You should also use secured Wi-Fi hotspots that will encrypt your traffic from others that utilize the hotspot. If you are unable to do this, you should opt into using the cellular data connection instead, as it is typically encrypted by the network provider. You could also use VPN to secure all your internet traffic, as there are several free providers out there, including Hotspot Shield or WiTopia.

Device encryption is also a must for any mobile users, as it will secure your personal information and data from being recovered by a hacker or any other advanced user. Entire device encryption is currently supported on BlackBerry, iPhone, and Android 3.0 tablets.

Encryption on the iPhone is automatically turned on when you set a passcode on your device. However, it is only available on the iPhone 3GS and later-it is unavailable on earlier iPhone models. To ensure that encryption is enabled, verify that Data protection is enabled is displayed in the Passcode Lock screen in the Settings.

Android:

Beginning with Android 2.2 (Froyo), users have the ability to set a pattern lock, PIN code, or password on their device. Users of earlier versions of Android can only set a pattern lock. How to set the screen timeout and locks mentioned above can vary depending upon the manufacturer of the phone you have. The option is generally found by pressing the Menu button from the home screen, going to Settings, Location & security,and Set up screen lock. From there, you should be able to easily setup the different types of screen locks. (Word of caution: Make sure that you have your Gmail account linked to your phone, so that you will be able to gain access to your phone in the event that you forget your password. I highly recommend this if you setup a pattern lock, as it can be very easy to forget your pattern). You may also want to be careful with setting a pattern lock, as unlocking your phone this way leaves oily residue on the screen that can remain even if you wipe it. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania on the Google Nexus One and HTC G1 showed that taking photos of the phone's screen with a standard camera and doing simple manipulations of the images within photo-editing software revealed the pattern more than 90% of the time.

Unfortunately, Android does not currently support any device-level encryption for smartphones. If you would like to encrypt your emails, calendar, and contact info from your company's Exchange account, you may do so using a third-party Exchange client called Touchdown. However, device-level encryption is currently available as part of Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), which is targeted for tablet devices. It should make its way onto their smartphone operating systems sometime in the near future.

After taking a look at some of these common smartphone security issues, you should have some sort of idea on how to best protect yourself from loss or theft of your device and loss of any personal information from your device. With smartphones becoming more and more popular, more security issues will be sure to arise and smartphone operating system manufacturers will continue to adapt their operating systems to best combat these issues. At some point, these mobile security suites may even be integrated into the operating system or pre-installed by your network provider.

BlackBerry:

Press the BlackBerry button, go to Options andPassword. From there, select Enable Password. Set the number of password attempts to what you consider a suitable amount (recommend four minutes). After the specified amount of attempts has been exceeded, it will completely lock you out of your phone for the time interval specified in the Security Timeout field. You can also set it to where it will lock upon placing your BlackBerry in a holster. This will only work with a magnetized holster. To set the screen timeout, go back into the Options screen and select Screen/Keyboard. From there, select the specified timeout period by Backlight Timeout.

Most of the newer BlackBerry devices support encryption on the entire device and on removable storage (microSD cards)-this will protect your pictures, documents, and other files in case you lose your BlackBerry or have someone take your card out when you are not looking. When encrypting your device, you may want to leave your contacts unencrypted, as encrypting them will cause caller names to not display when your phone is locked. To setup encryption on the device and/or removable storage, press the BlackBerry button, go to Options, Security, andEncryption. From there you will able to specify what you would like to be encrypted.

Android/BlackBerry:

There are several different third-party applications that allow for you to remotely wipe your device, as well as provide several other security features. The most popular application out now is the Lookout Mobile Security suite. It not only allows you to remotely wipe your device, but also incorporates additional features that allow you to track your device via GPS, back up your contacts over the internet, and scan for viruses. The features mentioned above (minus remote wipe) are available through their free version of the program. The premium version of the program incorporates all of the above features, plus backup support for call history and pictures, remote locking, and includes a privacy advisor. The privacy advisor gives you insight into which apps can access private data on your phone, as well as scan every app that you download to see what data it accesses. The premium version is $2.99/month or $30/year. Some competitors to Lookout Mobile Security also offer protection from web threats by scanning apps before they are installed, scanning links for phishing URLs and other malware, and blocking unwanted calls and text messages. AVG Anti-Virus, McAfee WaveSecure, and Webroot Mobile Security are some of the other big name competitors.

 
Find Antivirus Protection for Free on the Web? PDF Print E-mail

Virus protection is not only a recommended precaution for computers and other devices with internet access, but can be considered essential for protecting your systems from permanent damage and data loss, as well as the risk of your passwords, bank account details and other sensitive information being stolen.

There are countless 'malware' programs and viruses targeting computers all the time, which may spread through websites or email attachments, but fortunately there are also many excellent antivirus programs that are adept at protecting your systems from harm. Even if your computer already has antivirus software installed, it's important to keep it up to date with the latest upgrades and releases, and you could also benefit from having a second antivirus program operating simultaneously - especially in the unlikely event that your antivirus software itself becomes infected.

Antivirus software is easy to install, and if you're obtaining programs from websites, you will usually be guided through the process. However, it's essential to make sure the program you are downloading is genuine. The best way to confirm the authenticity of programs is to only use familiar names from companies you have heard of, and to make sure that the websites you are visiting are official and not sophisticated copies.

With virus protection being such a fundamental part of online browsing safety, many companies feel obliged to offer a free antivirus download. Compared to products purchased from stores and online, these free downloads may be more limited in terms of options and customisable settings, but will still offer a high level of protection for your computer from a wide range of hazards.

If you don't have antivirus software installed, every second your computer, laptop, smartphone or other device is connected to the internet puts you at extreme risk. Installing free antivirus software can help to extend the lifetime of your computer system considerably, by protecting the software as well as the hardware. It's also important to carry out routine scans of your drives to check for viruses you may not have noticed, which could be slowing your system down, hacking your data or causing other harm.

Many antivirus programs allow users to schedule automatic checks at their desired time interval, while others may require manual checks to be carried out. You should also select the option to check for the latest upgrades for your antivirus software, as new threats can infect the dynamic and evolving online world every day.


Securing my wireless network is always the first thing I setup when I have just installed a new router or modem. Without a secure line, people can leech off of the connection that you are paying for. Luckily, there are some easy network security tips to take to secure your wireless network.

Password Your Important Stuff!

First and foremost, password protect your wireless connection, and for that matter, any computer connected to your network. That password to your account is just one extra wall a hacker has to tear down to gain access to your account. The password for your router will prevent the average Joe living in the apartment next to you from using your connection for free. "It is better to give than to receive," you might say. While this is true in many cases, it is not true for a wireless connection. You are only given a set amount of bandwidth. Bandwidth amount determines, in some ways, how fast you are able to stream videos and music and download programs. If all the bandwidth is being used at a time, it will dramatically decrease your internet speeds. You want what you paid for; you want the fastest internet speed available to you. Now, when picking a password, it is most ideal to pick a meaningless stream of numbers and letters. Believe it or not, many online accounts stupidly use "abc123" as their passwords. Accounts are taken even more easily because of this.

Firewalls Are Nice Too!

Firewalls are also a necessity for network security. The original meaning of the word "firewall" came from the wall in a home or other important building that's purpose was to prevent a fire from spreading to the rest of the house or building. Many routers come with some sort of computer firewall. This is because a computer firewall blocks unwanted access from the computer connected to it, and it allows programs that have been given an exception (or ones deemed to be safe). Occasionally a firewall will mistake a harmless program for a threat. This is when you must solve the issue by simple and specifically telling the firewall that it is OK for it to pass through. Firewalls do not block viruses that you unknowningly download yourself.

Antivirus Programs Are Your Friends!

This is when antivirus software comes in. Having an antivirus program installed is like having a bodyguard. When you let a program into your system it will often tell you that it is a virus and should be kicked out immediately. Antivirus programs are all over the internet, and a free antivirus trial is not at all difficult to find. When I think of important things to remember when securing my wireless network, this is definitely at the top of the list.

 
Why Can't I Install Two Antivirus Programs at the Same Time? PDF Print E-mail

The term antivirus can be confusing to some people. While they may know what the software does in a general sense, they really do not know how it works. Most people are not even sure of how a virus and other malware work to mess up their computer. Since they do not know how this underlying technology works then they can be confused by some of the things that you can and cannot do with the antivirus that is installed on your system. In this article we will take a look at how you can mess up your antivirus installation by installing two different products on your computer at the same time. Before we tell you how you can mess it up, we will give you a little background lesson on how the antivirus software itself is able to save your computer.

How your antivirus software works

How the software works can get real technical in nature so we will try to break it down so that the average person can understand it. There are certain signatures that different parts of the software make when it is created. By which functions the software attempts to connect to on the system or by the pattern of how the software does things, antivirus software can tell if it is a bad guy or not. The signature is based on opcodes from the CPU that is broken down but we will not get too deep into that. That explanation is a little too geeky for this article. So the antivirus software goes around your computer looking for these types of signatures and if it sees them, it tries to destroy it. The signatures are saved in a database that is saved in the software. The database is updated every day from the creator of the antivirus software. This is why you must update your antivirus package at least once a day. So the software that is on your computer will have the new bad guy signature to look for.

Now why it hurts to have two antivirus software packages on your system

Now that you know how your antivirus software works, we can more easily describe why it is a bad idea to have two antivirus packages on your system at the same time. Remember earlier we talked about the database of signatures that is stored in your antivirus software. Well if you have another antivirus running on the machine, it will think that your original antivirus software is a bad guy and try to get rid of it. This is because it has the bad guys signature in its database. Also, some antivirus packages will use similar techniques that the bad guys use so that they can find a threat on your system. If the other antivirus sees this, it again will try to erase it. That is not good for your system.

Hopefully we have shown you the reason why it is not a god idea to have two av programs running on your computer at the same time. If you try most likely it will be rejected.

So when you have two antiviruses installed they are going to do one of two things – they are either going to block each other because they will use or scan the same process at the same time or they will try to eliminate the other antivirus software on your system since the antivirus software has some of the same signatures of the viruses that you are trying to fight.

It needs these signatures to be able to recognize the bad software on the computer.

When you are installing a piece of antivirus software on your compute, make sure that it is the only one.

If not then your system might become inoperable and, ultimately, infected.

 
Kaspersky Antivirus - Why is it So Good? PDF Print E-mail

There are many antivirus software solutions out there but only a few are as good as Kaspersky solutions. When you want to protect your computer from all of the bugs that are on the internet, you want to use the very best. There are too many ways that someone can really damage your system if you do not. Sure, you can go with a cheaper none trusted brand but there is a good chance that the decision will hurt you in the long run. What you should go with is a company that has been protecting computers for over a decade. In the following article, we will discuss some of the features that Kaspersky software has and why it is a good pick for you to install in your computer.

A short history about the company

Kaspersky is an antivirus solution that is based in Russia. Some people have a real problem with that fact since so many of the advanced cyber crimes that happen are started in that part of the world. But the Kaspersky antivirus solution is hands down one of the best solutions out there. They have won many awards over their years of service. They have a name that is well respected in the security community and are known to have some of the best people in the industry working for them.

There are several products that the company makes that will help you keep other aspects of your computer secured. These products include a password manager, mobile security, and crypto storage software. But we are focusing in this article about their computer security products. So lets talk more about them.

Features of the Kaspersky software

There is a home user edition and an enterprise edition of the software. More than likely the home edition would be good enough for your computer but you can purchase the enterprise edition if you are very paranoid about your security on the computer. Some of the features that it comes with are a complete real time protection of your computer. This means that it monitors your downloads to make sure that nothing bad got through. It also will update your virus signatures every hour. If you want the software to be able to fight the bad guys, it needs to be able to know what the bad guys look like. This is what the virus signatures do. It tells the software who too look out for. Having hourly updates will make sure that your system is always protected from even the latest threats. The software even has a feature that will allow you to use a virtual keyboard so that you enter the input completely secured. There are many more features that the software comes with but these are just a few of the highlights.

When you are looking for a complete security solution then you cannot go wrong with Kaspersky. It has everything that you need to make your computing a more wonderful experience.

A number of us find pretty much everyone advocating all of us to utilize Kaspersky antivirus. Did you by chance think why? You can backfire these types of folks by questioning exactly why do they suggest to utilize Kaspersky, and the result would likely be these people ending up speechless. The actual explanation is, Kaspersky is designed for hard PC users. Not only because of that, but in addition Kaspersky contains a very powerful anti spyware and antivirus engine. As a result of this sort of features in Kaspersky antivirus, it is very famous. Thus what are the other types of features that are found in Kaspersky antivirus?

1. Advanced Real Time Defense

When compared to all other varieties of antivirus software's Kaspersky has the best real-time defense. Its due to the Kaspersky's internal intelligence technology. Put simply, the real-time protection module in Kaspersky antivirus, scans all sorts of real time data transfers and also installs together with the antivirus engine. Due to this dual action feature, it is impossible for a virus to damage your Computer.

2. Heuristics Engine:

This is another fantastic feature present in Kaspersky antivirus. Virtually all antivirus programs possess this engine, yet Kaspersky has got the most accurate heuristics engine. It is because this particular module also makes use of the interrogated intelligence technology. Exactly what particularly happens is, it combines together with the antivirus engine plus the central heuristics database every time it scans the particular scripts of suspicious files. Because of the dual function in the heuristics engine, generally there is no way a new fresh computer virus can enter your PC easily.

3. Easy To Use:

Many antivirus programs that are in the market are somewhat complicated to use. Their scanning method usually is a little bit of difficult. Nevertheless in regards to Kaspersky antivirus, it features an user friendly interface. Everything is one click away. For an example when you find yourself carrying out like 3-4 tasks together and also you need to perform a computer scan, you can simply click the reduced resource utilization scan. Therefore it will not clash your current multi tasks and even it won't freeze your PC.

 
Tips for a Malware-Free Android Smartphone PDF Print E-mail

Since malware is increasingly rising for the Android platform day by day, you must pay firm attention to what is going on your phone or tablet. Smartphones are basically computers - and all PCs are at risk to viruses, phishing, including various attacks from malicious software.

Here are quick ways to keep your Android phone free of malware

Find out the app's publisher: What other apps does the publisher offer? Does the publisher run its own website? What are the kinds of apps on offer, do they look fishy? If so, you may probably consider staying away. Go through online reviews, but take note that Android Market reviews should not be fully trusted. Browse through to see what highly regarded websites like AppBrain, PCWorld, or AppLib are saying about such like app before you click on the download button.

Always authenticate app permissions: Before you download or update an app, you should see a list of consents for it. For example, an alarm clock app perhaps shouldn't need to look on your contacts. The general law of thumb: If an app is requesting for too much what it requires to do, then it's advisable to skip it.

Stay away from directly installing Android Package files (APKs): for example when Angry Birds came to Android initially, you could download it only by using a third-party app store and "sideloading" it, having the app installed by using an APK file. Even though Angry Birds wasn't malware, as a general rule it's not recommended downloading and installing APK files from third-party sites or app stores. Usually you won't notice what the file contains until you've finally installed the file - and by then it will be too late.

Have a malware and antivirus scanner installed on your phone:a number of different big-name security companies by now offer mobile-security solutions, which several of them are free. Antivirus apps for example the "Lookout Mobile Security" can scan your smartphone and be certain that no malware is installed. In addition, most of the utilities have features that allow you to trace your phone - and conceivably even remotely lock it and clean your personal data, if you'll end up losing the handset.

Watch out for scams:whether you agree, your Android phone is prone to malicious sites, phishing scams, which are driven by downloads, similar to PCs. Malicious sites regularly try to cheat people into entering sensitive personal information; even more frustrating, still, is some sites' ability to go ahead and automatically download malware right to your phone. Since most phones are small, hence the smaller screen; and users more likely to click a wary link on a phone than when browsing using a PC.

By now, you are probably used to protecting your computer from a wide variety of threats, but what about your phone? Most people rely on their mobile phones to communicate, socialize, work, store pictures and contacts. Mobile phones are also a portal for doing a range of online tasks like banking and shopping. However, most people don't protect their mobiles from the threat of malware.

This lack of action could be a mistake. Mobile threats - both offline and online - are prevalent and growing. With these threats growing it is important to consider a mobile security application for your mobile device.

Consider that people are 15 times more likely to lose their mobile phones than their laptops. In the U.S. alone, it's been estimated that 113 phones are lost every second, and 12,000 smartphones are found in airports each week. Additionally, losing your phone doesn't just mean losing the personal and confidential information stored on it, but also your ability to communicate.

What's more, losing your mobile phone could lead to identity theft if you have personally identifiable information stored on it, such as your date of birth or driver's license number, or if you have your phone's browser set to automatically log you in to banking and shopping sites.

Given that researchers found that almost a quarter of consumers store their computer or banking passwords on their mobile devices, and around 11% store personally identifiable information, and even credit card numbers, these risks are very real.

Beyond the risk of loss, mobile users should also be concerned with the growing amount of malware aimed at mobile devices, which is increasing exponentially. Mobile malware threats can be very similar to those directed at your computer. You could accidentally install a dangerous application that includes malicious code or spyware, or you could connect to an unsecure wireless network, allowing a cybercriminal to potentially access your information. You could also fall victim to a phishing attack that tricks you into handing over your personal information or financial details.

Given these risks, it's important to take steps to protect yourself. Antivirus software aimed specifically for mobiles is now available from leading digital security experts. These mobile security packages can backup and restore the information that's stored on your mobile as well as wipe all data if the phone is lost or stolen. This software will also block dangerous websites and prohibit you from clicking on harmful links.

 
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