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Instagram: What you need to know – Part 2

 April 6, 2013

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

This post is in continuation with our previous post on Instagram and will discuss how you can control your privacy in the app. In Instagram the key word is ‘public.’ Once an Instagram profile has been created, anyone can browse these online profiles and “follow” other Instagram users. Here comes the...

Instagram: What you need to know

 April 3, 2013

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

In an earlier post we talked about various apps and the risks associated with them. In these subsequent posts, we will scratch the surface a little bit and dig a little deeper to understand the privacy implications of one app in particular – Instagram. Now, that our very own Big...

Massive Android botnet invades China: Could India be the next target?

 January 21, 2013

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

A massive Trojan botnet has been discovered in Android devices in China and this serves as a timely reminder of the growing vulnerability of the Android platform. Staggeringly, this botnet has infected more than 1 million Android devices that function in China. The high vulnerability of Android devices in China...

Latest security news updates from the week gone by

 January 18, 2013

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

India and hardware makers at loggerheads over cyber security guidelines The Indian Government wants all hardware manufacturers to include a mandatory brochure on cyber security. This stretches to all forms of hardware right from computers and mobile phones to modems and USB drives. However, the hardware companies are not too...

Spam SMS messages on the rise: Quick Heal mobile threat detection numbers

 January 16, 2013

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

In September 2012, Quick Heal launched an initiative for mobile users to forward suspicious SMS messages to a predesignated number. We received an impressive response as a lot of mobile users actively forwarded their spam messages and contributed towards this cause. The number to forward any suspicious SMS messages to...

The growing threat of mobile malware: Top Android malware families of 2012

 January 8, 2013

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

The open-source nature of the Android platform is its biggest strength and Achilles heel at the same time. Android handsets constituted almost 72% of global smartphone sales in Q3 2012 and 1.3 million Android devices are activated worldwide every single day. This is a staggering market share that Android enjoys...

Security news and updates from the last week

 December 21, 2012

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Major security flaw found in Samsung devices, Samsung working on solution Samsung manufactures the Exynos 4 quad-core and dual-core chips for its flagship products like Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Note II. However, a security flaw has been discovered in these SoC (system on a chip) processors that makes...

Security news updates from the week gone by

 December 15, 2012

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Bangalore biggest target of cyber crimes in 2012 The cyber criminal cell at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has reported that out of all Indian cities, Bangalore faced the most number of cyber crimes in 2012. Close to 400 reported incidents have been witnessed till the end of November in...

Security news updates from the last week

 December 1, 2012

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

This week was a rather busy one in the security industry. Here are some of the notable highlights that you should not miss out on. Authorized email monitoring increases by 36% in September 2012 According to reports, email monitoring by national security agencies has jumped by 36% in September 2012....

How smartphone attacks make money at the expense of the victim?

 November 28, 2012

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

The massive surge in smartphone usage all over the world has allowed scammers to devise several ways to monetize vulnerable devices. For the victim these attack vectors represent a loss of data, time and money. But for the attacker these methods are primarily used to gain monetary benefits. So how...