It’s the sort of stuff you would see in one of the Bond Films, but hey, it’s going to be real, and very soon. Boeing has revealed it’s plan to the FCC that it plans to bring a smartphone that self destructs for security and safety purposes. Needless to say, this device will not be like any other phone and available for general public. The device is said to self destruct in 10 seconds, a bit like Snapchat messages if you want to compare to something. The device will be powered by Android and will be called Boeing Black. Boing revealed some more interesting thoughts about the device:
Boeing Black’s security is powered by the Boeing PureSecure architecture, which was designed from the outset for the mobile environment. Our architectural foundation is built upon layers of trust from embedded hardware, operating system policy controls, and compatibility with leading mobile device management systems. The device’s hardware roots of trust and trusted boot ensure the device starts in a trusted state, enabling maximum security of data. Hardware media encryption and configurable inhibit controls are embedded to protect the device, its data, and the transmission of information, significantly reducing the risk of mission compromise due to data loss.
The Boeing Black phone is manufactured as a sealed device both with epoxy around the casing and with screws, the heads of which are covered with tamper proof covering to identify attempted disassembly. Any attempt to break open the casing of the device would trigger functions that would delete the data and software contained within the device and make the device inoperable.
The cool thing about the phone is that it is made in the US and the back compartment of the device can be replaced by external modules such as one for Satellite receivers, extended battery etc. There is another rare quality about the device as it sports a PDMI output. The specs of the device are modest and has a 1590 mAh battery and a 4.3 in 960X540 resolution. There is LTE on board and a dual core A9 chip. How and where the device will be useful beyond gimmicky security places is yet to be seen and perhaps can only be answered when the device sees the light of the day.
Remember a month or so ago Google had announced a service called Android Device Manager which basically allowed you to point to the location where your Android phone is, sound a buzzer on the device or simply delete all the data from the device if you feel it is in an unsecure place. This feature is available on all Android devices on Froyo and above. The best thing is that you do not have to do anything and the service is available automatically under device administrator.
However, looks like Google is working on the service and in the mean time has added a new feature which allows you to remotely lock your Android device. This is a very useful feature for times when you may have accidentally misplaced your device in your home or a place of familiarity where you know you will find it back but do not want anyone to be accidentally to be fiddling around with stuffs. This is so much better than simply having to wipe all the data off the device and to reinstate it.
It is worth wondering why this simple feature was not available right at the launch of the servie, but it is good news that Google indeed is working on making the service better and we can expect few more add ons in the coming days.
Malwares on Android will always remain a burning issue thanks to the open nature of the OS. It is just one of the bad sides of a coin that we so have started loving. And it is due to this open nature of Android that malwares and trojans and other such uncalled elements can be pushed into your device without you knowing much about it. Using a protection app such as Avast or even AVG does help to a degree as they scan applications and things your device tries to push, but there have been occasions even these have been bi-passed.
And it seems like the Malwares are back again to haunt our Android devices, this time via the Play Store itself. “Badnews” family of Android Malwares have been sitting in the Google Play Store and apparently already has been downloaded nine million times by the users. This malware works by swapping phone numbers as well as pushing messages called Alpha Messages. Although, the malware is no spreading via any particular application, but via an ad network, and this is what has been most surprising.
The apps have been taken down which ran these ad-networks, but it is indeed scary to know that despite a tight malware policy that Google Play follows, some hackers could get through it. We are off to installing a good protection system on our Android, and we recommend you to do the same. And, in the mean time we do hope that thanks to tighter policies and tighter security, such issues can be radically reduced.
Smart phones today are a house of lots of personal data. We literally dread the moment when anybody apart from us has our device. From pictures, to messages to videos, there is a lot of personal information in there. So the security of the iPhone becomes of paramount importance. And to ensure that, we all set up the 4 digit passcode lock on our iPhone which is a combination of 4 numbers so that nobody could enter our devices without us granting an access to it. However, what if those 4 digits are not enough and you want a stronger password for your iPhone?
If you have lot of data in your phone that you do not want an unwanted person to set his eyes upon, then setting up a strong password is a must. To do this, simply follow these steps:
1) Enter settings of your iPhone by clicking on the settings tab.
2) Go to General.
3) In General click on Passcode. The device will ask for your current passcode, so enter it to get to the next screen.
4) In the Passcode lock screen, look at the fourth option from top called, simple passcode and turn that off. The device would again ask for your old passcode so enter that.
5) Once you are done with that, a new screen pops up which prompts you to enter a new passcode. Now you can see here that instead of old only numerical options, you get a full QWERTY keyad in front of you. You can select a string of alphabets to be your new password.
6) To make the password even more stringent and difficult to break through, we recommend you to use special characters even in letters. Some of the letters such as O or even A have different variants in languages such as German or Spanish. You can use them too by simply long pressing the alphabet. This stronger passcode would make your device a lot more secure.
So we hope that with this little tutorial you have been able to setp a stronger passcode on your iPhone and your data stays secure. You can write your comments in the section below or Tweet in to us at @Blogtechnika or @Techverarp.
Smart Phones today are our house of loads of data that can be personal as well as financially sensitive. Apps such as Toshl save all our expenses made, and imagine those banking apps which you have set to remember your passwords. Also, since the cameras on iPhones are so terrific, there are chances that you have captured moments by the camera that you consider to be really private and personal and not to forget all those messages and E-Mails that you do not want anyone to read. And this is precisely the reason why you set a combination of four numbers as a lock to protect your phone from people who you do not want accessing your phone.
But since the upgrade to iOS 6.1 was released, there has been a major security glitch that has been discovered on phones that have upgraded to the latest OS. With some patience and couple of attempts you can bypass the lock code of the device and go into the call screen of the device meaning you can check out the contact details, or the recent call list and even make calls from the device. This security glitch can be potentially harmful as people can access your Address book. You can watch how to by pass the lock code in the video below:
We do hope Apple take notice of this glitch and massive security issue and fix it in their next impeding update. Till then, we do encourage all our readers to not try this on a phone that you do not own and respect their privacy.
If you have kids in your family who use computer on daily basis then chances of getting attacked by malware is more because your kids don’t have idea about websites and if they mistakenly open any bad website which is malicious or phishing website. This will result in security breach and increased vulnerability.
You can use any good antivirus program to protect your PC but what if you don’t want your kids to open those malicious websites. Move over to DNS Angel, a best solution to block unwanted sites by applying family filter.
This tool comes with 3 different DNS settings which blocks adult websites, Malicious sites ,Phishing sites, and malware websites. This tool also allows you to see your current DNS and its status.
The main feature of this tool is that it comes with portable version. You don’t need to install this tool on your computer. Just double click and it will work like a charm. Additionally, it comes with automatic flush DNS feature. You can easily restore previous DNS settings by click on a button. It’s easy and effective.
Google’s Android is most popular mobile platform in the World. Daily more than a million of devices get activated. With increase in number of devices, number of malware and security breach methods also increasing. To resolve this problem Android developers are working hard to increase the security of OS.
If you want to make your device more secure then move over to SecDroid. An Android app the hardens Android kernel by disabling few binaries . It also secures TCP stack using Systctl. These security patchup would help preventing spoofing, DDOS and MITM attacks.
To use this application, go to Google Play store and download and install the application. Note that to use this application you need to root your Android device before using this. In non rooted device, this application won’t work.
Here are the full list of binaries those are disabled by this app:
* nc (net cat)
* ping (Changed so only root can use)
* pm (package manager) is disabled so install apps via adb is disabled
Just as the popularity of smart phones is increasing, also increasing the number of people who are ready to misuse or use it as a potential harm to some one owning it. It is possible that somebody flicks your phone away or picks it away from you and ends up using all the information stored there against you. A typical example could be using the details of your credit cards and other things as stored in the Application store of the device. There are also various bank applications where a user may enter his account number or password or such classified and potentially secretive information. Hence, not only phones bring us a lot of comfort and ease our way of accessing things but also become a potential double edged sword if we misplace them. It is therefore absolutely a necessary to have a decent mobile security software running on your device. It may just about be the difference between you losing your phone with hundreds of more dollars or just about going through the pain of losing a device. Here is an interesting infographic that tells you everything as to why Mobile Security is so essential.
Of late i have heard about lots of instances from people highlighting the fact that their Facebook account has been hacked. It is a pretty serious issue as your personal information can be used in a wrong way by the hackers. But there are simple practices that you can follow to protect your account from being hacked and make your Facebook account secure.
1) Enable HTTPS
HTTP sends everything you do in plain text that any one can read. So the information that you send is not safe. HTTPS is a secure connection. It encrypts and decrypts any web communication that a user sends and receives i.e. the data that you send can only be read by the recipient. You can enable HTTPS by going to your Account Settings and clicking on the Security tab. Here you can enable your secure browsing.
2) Beware of Chat Messages containing links
Now this is a very common mistake that people commit. You may get a chat message from a friend that will be something like this :
Now when you click on this link, it will open a window that will request for permission to access your Facebook chat. This particular rogue Facebook application requests permission to “Access Facebook Chat.” Allowing the application developer this access gives them permission to send chat messages to your friends.
The people receiving these messages will likely think the link is coming from a trusted friend. We have heard reports that these links lead to viruses and/or malware infestation.
3) Review Permissions For Third Party Apps
Whenever you grant permission to facebook apps, those permission will remain the same even if you are no longer using the app. It is safe to disable any app that you no longer use. Go here to disable the apps.
4) Activate Text and Email Message Notifications
Facebook gives you the option to receive text message and email notifications whenever you account is accessed from a device other than your primary computer or mobile device. This not only helps you to find out if someone else is trying to access your Facebook profile but you can also activate you computer and mobile device as approved access points. You can go to Account Settings –> Security to activate this.
5) Don’t Use Facebook For Your Private Emails
Always keep a separate Email account for your private messages. Things like your bank details, PayPal or AdSense details should not be sent on your Facebook emails. If your Facebook account is hacked, this details will easily be accessible to the hacker. Also use distinct passwords for every email id. Make sure to avoid redundancy in your passwords.
These are some of the basic tips to prevent your Facebook account from hackers. Was this guide helpful? Do you have any more suggestions ? If so, please let us know in the comment section below.
Sometimes it might happen that your computer becomes infected with a virus that would prevent you from running the antivirus on your machine or you would not be able to download critical security updates from the internet. These kind of situations are really frustrating and can have adverse effects on your system performance. But now Microsoft have come up with a free antivirus solution called Microsoft Safety Scanner.
Microsoft Safety Scanner is a great Microsoft security solution that remove viruses, spyware, and other malicious software from your computer easily.
This software is very handy as it does not needs an installation and you can easily carry it on your U.S.B. drive. Just copy the executable file msert.exe on the U.S.B. drive and the software will run from there. It provides two types of scan, a through scan which scans every file and folders and a quick scan that will scan only the folders that are most likely to contain infection. It gets regular definition updates and it quarantines the infected files.
This free software is available both for 32-bit and 64-bit version of windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 for 10 days and expires after that. But you can re-download it with the updated virus definitions. Also, unlike the other Microsoft Products it does not check the genuineness of your windows before installation.