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The savoir faire of safe mobile banking

 July 17, 2012

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

The convenience and fluidity of access that mobile devices promise makes them one of the most sought after platforms for banking and mobile commerce. A recent study by IDC shows an estimated growth of 49.2% in the worldwide Smartphone market. This implies that these devices are being used for just...

Threatening apps doing the rounds on Google Play

 June 28, 2012

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

Here are a few potentially risky applications for Android that you should avoid. The first one is a variant of the notorious mobile spyware, Zeus. Users should actively avoid this app, whereas the second one has some serious privacy related implications. Zeus malware poses as security app A new version...

Thinking of rooting your precious Droid? Here’s why it may not be such a good idea

 May 19, 2012

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

The massive popularity of Android smartphones has brought several features and options of the OS to the public domain. One of these options remains the ability to ‘root’ the device. Rooting an Android phone implies gaining (superuser) access to the kernel code of the software and using this access to...

Infographic: The myth about smartphone invulnerability

 May 16, 2012

Estimated reading time: 1 minute

Contrary to popular belief, the user-programmable miniature yet powerful mobile devices used for carrying data, sending e-mails, social networking, banking, gaming, downloading music and video aided with the rampant use of third party software, are not invincible. There are increasing problems from applications that upload malware or exploit vulnerabilities in...

Beware: Hacked websites can now infect your Android smartphone

 May 9, 2012

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

Our malware analysis team has discovered a malicious software that targets Android smartphones through hacked websites. This adds further credibility to our predictions about the growing threat of mobile malware. This new malware, known as NotCompatible, gets downloaded automatically when an Android user visits a hacked website. A hidden iframe...

Massive Smartphone sales reveal growing security concerns

 May 4, 2012

Estimated reading time: 1 minute

According to recent Gartner and IDC reports, the total sales of smartphones in 2011 went as high as 490 million units. This number is estimated to rise to 600 million units in the current year and we need to take a second to take in these figures. Smartphones are steadily...

How third-party apps on smartphones could breach your privacy

 May 4, 2012

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

What makes a smartphone attractive and useful? The simple answer is the composition and number of compatible applications. On an average, an individual runs around 15-25 apps on his smartphone. Some Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) provide custom made apps on a device, but the popularity of any handset is directly...

What constitutes an effective mobile security suite?

 April 30, 2012

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

With mobile malware on the rise and with millions of people jumping onto the smartphone bandwagon, the necessity to protect devices is now pronounced. Mobile scanning software is designed to protect smartphones from multiple threats. In an earlier post we discussed why your Android smartphone needs security, this article highlights...

5 reasons why your Android Smartphone needs security

 April 6, 2012

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

Andy Rubin, co-founder of Android, says that there are nearly 850,000 new Android devices activated on a daily basis since February 2012. Since its inception in 2007, Android has grown at a phenomenal rate and has inched closer to toppling the massive ecosystem that Apple founder, Steve Jobs initiated. At...