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How to Survive the End of Windows XP and Safeguard your PC

 March 24, 2014

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

And the 12-year old legend is finally nearing its end. Until 2011, XP was ruling with a mammoth market share of 43.29%. And despite being a retro OS, XP still stands out as the second most popular operating system; presently, having a market share of 29.53%. That roughly equals to...

Whatsapp Hoax (fake) Messages Doing the Rounds Again

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 June 25, 2013

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Today one of my colleagues received a message on WhatsApp that read: “Hello, I. Am riya director of whatsapp, this message is to inform all of our users that we have only 530 accounts available for new phones, and that our servers have recently been very congested, so we asking...

Opinion Time – Vote

 June 21, 2013

Estimated reading time: 1 minute

The recent leak about USA’s secret monitoring program PRISM has received mixed reactions.  For those who have missed it, here is the background: America’s National Security Agency has been spying on online activities of users especially foreigners by having access to information from global giants like Facebook, Google, Apple, Skype...

Facebook Graph Search could interfere with your online privacy

 March 21, 2013

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Three months ago Facebook revealed Graph Search which had a lot of mixed reviews. While some reviewers considered it to be a great marketing tool for direct messages, others expressed that it could bring huge security concerns with it. What is Graph Search? Touted to be the ultimate search tool...

Future Watch VII: War-texting threatens the future of Internet of things

 February 25, 2013

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

At Quick Heal, we persistently look out for potential security threats that can lead to data breaches in the future. The rise of the ‘Internet of Things’ and omnipresent wireless connectivity for miscellaneous items is slowly opening up new attack avenues for hackers. A new kind of hacking attack has...

Future Watch VII: Your Smart TV opens up a new frontier for hacks and spying

 December 17, 2012

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Just like smartphones arrived in most markets and obliterated regular feature phones, smart TV’s are expected to change the way we interact with our television sets. A smart TV, or hybrid TV, comes integrated with several web 2.0 applications and widgets that allow users to access the Internet and obtain...

Future Watch VI: Passwords are on their way out due to their vulnerability

 December 6, 2012

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Every individual who is active on the Internet has a secret to protect. This secret is usually just a few characters long and is commonly known as the password. But how effective can a password really be? Passwords are a 20th century creation that were effective back when there was...

Black Hat conference demonstrates Android and Meego NFC vulnerability

 July 27, 2012

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

Yesterday I discussed the potential risks of NFC technology and how an attacker could ‘eavesdrop’ on NFC signals. If an attacker steals data by intercepting signals it could be crushing, but what if he could actively send signals and command the NFC enabled phone to do as he pleases? This...

Future Watch V: NFC and Shopping apps security risks

 July 25, 2012

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

Imagine a scenario where a customer walks into a supermarket to buy groceries. She receives a greeting and a list of offers and discounts for the day on her phone. The store then prepares a customizable shopping list based on past purchases. The store then provides an in-depth mapped shopping...

Future Watch IV: Google Glass heralds the era of wearable computing

 July 4, 2012

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

At Google’s recent I/O conference, Sergey Brin orchestrated a compelling demonstration for Google Glass laced with skydivers, bikers, a 40,000 feet high video hangout and a race-against-time package delivery. Signs are definitely looking good for this futuristic technology as tech experts are raving about its potential. Google Glass, announced in...