This quarter 5000 new malicious Android apps have been identified by global security company Trend Micro.
A Google/Ipsos poll found that users are increasingly using their smartphones to surf the web. Germany, in particular, recorded the biggest jump from 39% to 49%. With the increased use of smartphones for Internet access and the huge Android user base, the increase in attacks targeting the Android platform is not surprising.
The Google poll found that todays social networking generation is more likely to reveal personal data to other parties in venues like social networking sites. This means that malicious mobile apps put users, and the companies they work for, in grave danger.
Social networking accounts are even more useful for cybercriminals because besides plundering your friends’ email addresses, the bad guys can also send bad links around and try to steal the social networking credentials of your friends. Stolen social networking accounts can even be sold for a price!
In several “Police Trojan” ransomware attacks, affected users were presented with what appears to be a police force splash screen demanding a £100 fine for accessing Internet porn or violent materials.
To cover these new emerging threats Black Box Business IT Solutions recommend the use of Trend Micro Worry-Free Business Security Services with Mobile Security. This gives you an Enterprise Solution covering all points of access to protect your laptops, pc’s and mobile phones. Trend Micro have released this quarterly report to help SME’s.
If you want to chat then give me a call, or even find me on my Facebook, or LinkedIn page . Speak soon Jon Mullen.
I know we all want to protect our kids, but what’s the best way of doing that while also giving them the freedom to grow into adults? I’ve got kids who are pushing the boundaries and want access to all sorts of websites and information on laptops and mobile phones. And it’s starting to become an issue because my eldest expects to be able to listen to music, watch videos and text their friends at any time. I’ve tried the easy way of “You’re only allowed to use your phone after doing your homework!”, but that never works. So now I use Norton Online Family where I can:-
- Control specific users on all the pc’s they log into.
- Filter the websites by type and content.
- Set the time of use.
- Set the maximum time of use each day.
- Monitor Chat and Social Networking use.
But even better than all of this you can now put the same application onto their mobile phones, both iPhone and Android, monitor web sites viewed, texting and what apps are installed.
Other applications which give you some, or alternative, functionality are also mentioned in this blog.
But if you want to chat then give me a call, or even find me on My Facebook Page. Speak soon Jon Mullen.
Here are a few of the most ridiculous predictions for 2012. From Android will take over the world, to Everyone will use the Cloud, and (as usual!) the complete demise of paper books – More predictions can be found here