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What iOS apps are grabbing your data, why they do it and what should be done

What iOS apps are grabbing your data, why they do it and what should be done | Apps and Widgets for any use, mostly for education and FREE | Scoop.it
Early last week the personal diary app Path became the fulcrum of a massive discussion about how cavalier mobile apps are getting with harvesting your, presumably, personal information. ...

 

Apps that do send data, with no warning

 

Foursquare stands alone here as an app that was, until an update issued on February 14th, sending personal data with no warning. This is similar to the previous behavior of Path that got it in so much hot water. Since the update, Foursqare now warns users before uploading data. Foursquare says that, while it was uploading the data, it was not storing it.

 

Foursquare (Email, Phone Numbers no warning)

 

Read more, a MUST:

http://thenextweb.com/insider/2012/02/15/what-ios-apps-are-grabbing-your-data-why-they-do-it-and-what-should-be-done/

 


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Mobile Security Review September 2012 [pdf]

Mobile Security Review September 2012 [pdf]

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Spyware Takes Over iPhones, Androids

Spyware Takes Over iPhones, Androids | Apps and Widgets for any use, mostly for education and FREE | Scoop.it
DFI News Digital Forensic Investigator is a multi-media resource for digital forensic professionals working in academic, government, law enforcement, and corporate settings.

 

Call it Invasion of the iPhone Snatchers: a new FinFisher-based spyware is built to infect iPhones and iPads (and Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone gadgets too) in order to take over the device completely — all unbeknownst to the user.

 

The smartphones and tablets will innocently appear to be themselves, but in reality the mobile malware is working in the background to track the device’s location, monitor activity and intercept communications including emails, voice calls and text messages.

 

Read more:

http://www.dfinews.com/news/spyware-takes-over-iphones-androids?et_cid=2825646&et_rid=454853272&linkid=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dfinews.com%2Fnews%2Fspyware-takes-over-iphones-androids#.UEDceehnFCE.twitter

 

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Android SMS malware firm fined £50,000 and ordered to refund victims

Android SMS malware firm fined £50,000 and ordered to refund victims | Apps and Widgets for any use, mostly for education and FREE | Scoop.it
A Moscow-based firm has been ordered to refund victims who lost money as a result of Android malware.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2012/08/31/android-sms-malware-fine/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=status%2Bmessage&utm_campaign=naked%2Bsecurity

 

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McAfee Mobile Security gets additional privacy features

McAfee Mobile Security gets additional privacy features | Apps and Widgets for any use, mostly for education and FREE | Scoop.it

To stay safe from malicious apps, users should research apps and their publishers thoroughly and check the ratings before installing. They should also purchase their apps from a well-known reputable app store market, watch for permissions (stay away from installing apps that don’t look right) and install antivirus software on their phone.

 

McAfee announced enhancements to its McAfee Mobile Security software, providing Android smartphone and tablet owners with additional privacy features that help them ensure apps are not ===> accessing their personal information without their knowledge <===

 

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http://www.net-security.org/secworld.php?id=13470&amp;utm_source=dlvr.it&amp;utm_medium=twitter

 

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The Best (and Worst) Antivirus Apps for Android

The Best (and Worst) Antivirus Apps for Android | Apps and Widgets for any use, mostly for education and FREE | Scoop.it
With the growth of malware threats on Android, it definitely makes sense to use an antivirus app, but unfortunately, a new study reveals many security apps have miserable detection rates, so you need to choose wisely.

 

===> The top 7 apps, those with green boxes in the chart above, are: Avast, Dr. Web, F-Secure, Ikarus, Kaspersky, Zoner, and Lookout. "Using one of these apps," the report says, "means you don't have to worry about your malware protection." <===

 

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http://lifehacker.com/5891576/the-best-and-worst-antivirus-apps-for-android

 

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Microsoft unleashes Windows attack tool-for Apps developpers

Microsoft unleashes Windows attack tool-for Apps developpers | Apps and Widgets for any use, mostly for education and FREE | Scoop.it

Microsoft explains the tool’s powers thusly:

 

Attack Surface Analyzer looks for classes of security weaknesses Microsoft has seen when applications are installed on the Windows operating system, and it highlights these as issues. The tool also gives an overview of changes to the system that Microsoft considers important to the security of the platform, and it highlights these changes in the attack surface report.

 

Some of the checks performed by the tool include analysis of changed or newly added files, registry keys, services, Microsoft ActiveX controls, listening ports and other parameters that affect a computer's attack surface.

 

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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/08/03/attack-surface-analyzer/

 

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WhatsApp victime d'une grosse faille de sécurité

WhatsApp victime d'une grosse faille de sécurité | Apps and Widgets for any use, mostly for education and FREE | Scoop.it
L’application pour smartphones ne protège pas les messages qu'elle envoie. Les intercepter est un jeu d'enfant.

 

Problème: WhatsApp est très facile à pirater. C’est le site allemand ComputerBild qui tire la sonnette d’alarme, soulignant que l’interception des SMS est un véritable jeu d’enfant.

 

Une application Android téléchargeable sur le net permet d’intercepter les messages des smartphones connectés à un même réseau wi-fi. Le danger de se faire espionner est donc particulièrement grand dans les lieux publics, bistros et autres, qui proposent un réseau gratuit à leurs clients.

 

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http://www.tdg.ch/high-tech/hard-software/WhatsApp-victime-d-une-grosse-faille-de-securite/story/26126923

 

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Hidden security risks of top mobile apps

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Appthority cast a spotlight on the hidden behaviors of the top free mobile apps. The report reveals the security issues raised by the BYOD movement, app market fragmentation for developers, popular app categories and the sensitive data that apps can access.

 

Gust MEES: read also my blog about BYOD here http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2012/07/07/bring-your-own-device-advantages-dangers-and-risks/

 

 

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http://www.net-security.org/secworld.php?id=13321&amp;amp;amp;utm_source=dlvr.it&amp;amp;amp;utm_medium=twitter

 

 

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Android Forums hacked: 1 million user credentials stolen | ZDNet

Android Forums hacked: 1 million user credentials stolen | ZDNet | Apps and Widgets for any use, mostly for education and FREE | Scoop.it
Summary: Phandroid's AndroidForums.com has been hacked. The database that powers the site was compromised and more than 1 million user account details were stolen.

 

===> If you use the forum, make sure to change your password asap. <===

 

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http://www.zdnet.com/android-forums-hacked-1-million-user-credentials-stolen-7000000817/

 

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Phonebook-slurping, spam-sending app found in App Store

Phonebook-slurping, spam-sending app found in App Store | Apps and Widgets for any use, mostly for education and FREE | Scoop.it

 

 

 

 

A malicious app that slurps mobile users' phonebooks and uploads them to a remote server has been spotted being offered both on Google Play and Apple's App Store.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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http://www.net-security.org/malware_news.php?id=2174

 

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Mehr Schutz durch clevere Sicherheits-Apps

Mehr Schutz durch clevere Sicherheits-Apps | Apps and Widgets for any use, mostly for education and FREE | Scoop.it
Apple schottet seinen App Store ab und tut gut daran. Denn im Gegensatz zum Android Market gibt’s dort keine Malware und demnach auch keine Sicherheits-Apps. Die braucht man unter Android auf jeden Fall.

 

Allerdings sollte man sich als Android-Nutzer nicht ausschließlich auf Google verlassen. Ratsam ist es, selbst für mehr Sicherheit am Android-Smartphone zu sorgen – und zwar mit Apps aus dem Android Market.

 

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http://www.pcwelt.de/ratgeber/Sicherheit-fuer-Smartphones-5944755.html?r=361528323205632&amp;lid=183323

 

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LinkedIn leaks private data: ''Unencrypted''!

LinkedIn leaks private data: ''Unencrypted''! | Apps and Widgets for any use, mostly for education and FREE | Scoop.it
Oops! LinkedIn (NYSE:LNKD) has been caught copying sensitive data from users' iOS and Android calendars, allegedly without permission. Some say the data are sent in plain text. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers posit another post-PC pandemonium.

 

 

 

Read more, A MUST:

http://blogs.computerworld.com/20270/linkedin_leaks_private_data_unencrypted

 

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Trends | Infographic: Apps and Education

Trends | Infographic: Apps and Education | Apps and Widgets for any use, mostly for education and FREE | Scoop.it
Provided By: OnlineColleges.net...

 

Gust MEES: please accept my Critical-Thinking again! Education makes a great publishing with Infographics and Blogs, BUT they forget every time to consider "IT-Security" and "Privacy" which I start to... sorry... I am from Europe, we take it more serious...

 

Check here for better protection on "Privacy" and also "IT-Security:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/apps-for-any-use-mostly-for-education-and-free

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/apps-for-any-use-mostly-for-education-and-free?tag=App+Advisor+by+secure.me

 

 

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Mobile Security Personal Ed. - Android Apps on Google Play

Mobile Security Personal Ed. - Android Apps on Google Play | Apps and Widgets for any use, mostly for education and FREE | Scoop.it
Named by PCWorld USA as one of the Top 100 products of 2011 Free antivirus and malware protection for Android smartphones and tablets this is one of PCWorld USA’s Top ...
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FinFisher trojan for iOS and Android sighted

FinFisher trojan for iOS and Android sighted | Apps and Widgets for any use, mostly for education and FREE | Scoop.it
Mobile variants of the commercial FinFisher trojan target BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Symbian, Android and iOS devices.

 

The commercial FinFisher FinSpy spyware trojan was created by Gamma International, and its development is believed to take place in Germany. The company sells its trojan toolkit – which is thought to currently support all major operating systems including Linux, Mac OS X and Windows – to governments for use by security agencies. Until now, relatively little was known about the mobile variant of the trojan.


Based on the available code samples, Citizen Lab is convinced that the mobile trojans it analysed are a mobile variant of FinSpy. The trojan is believed to be capable of monitoring rooms through silent calls, downloading files, tracking a user's location, and forwarding phone calls, SMS text messages and emails. FinSpy can also apparently intercept BlackBerry Messenger messages. The trojan typically infects smartphones via specially crafted emails.


The iOS variant requires iOS 4 or later and is executable on all iPad models, on iPhone 4 and 4S devices, and on third and fourth generation iPod Touch devices. The app installs in the background, downloads further code, and injects this code into the startup routine, anchoring itself deep into the system. The researchers found "FinSpyV2" references in the binary. As the binary contains a valid developer certificate and an ad-hoc distribution profile, iOS devices accept it without the need for a jailbreak. The certificate was issued to Martin Münch – the managing director of Gamma International's German subsidiary.

 

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Bitdefender Clueful jetzt als Web-Anwendung

Bitdefender Clueful jetzt als Web-Anwendung | Apps and Widgets for any use, mostly for education and FREE | Scoop.it
Bitdefenders Sicherheits-App Clueful ist nach dem Entzug der Freigabe für Apples App Store als Web-App zurück. Die neue Fassung unterstützt neben iOS nun auch Android und kann ebenso von PC-Anwendern genutzt werden.

 

 

 

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http://www.pcwelt.de/news/App-Sicherheit-Bitdefender-Clueful-jetzt-als-Web-Anwendung-6519894.html?r=961529320605676&amp;amp;amp;lid=193067

 

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SMSZombie Android Trojan infects 500,000 users

SMSZombie Android Trojan infects 500,000 users | Apps and Widgets for any use, mostly for education and FREE | Scoop.it
With its vast number of Android users and their preference for third-party online app markets, China is the perfect breeding ground for new Android malware.

 

Chinese mobile security company TrustGo Security has recently discovered an Android Trojan that targets Chinese users exclusively, as it takes advantage of a vulnerability in the China Mobile SMS Payment process to generate unauthorized payments, steal bank card numbers and money transfer receipt information.

 

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http://www.net-security.org/malware_news.php?id=2230

 

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Vorsicht vor gefälschter WhatsApp-Anwendung auf Facebook

Vorsicht vor gefälschter WhatsApp-Anwendung auf Facebook | Apps and Widgets for any use, mostly for education and FREE | Scoop.it
Im Social Network Facebook kursiert aktuell eine gefälschte WhatsApp-Anwendung, die Nutzerdaten stiehlt.

 

Sind die App-Rechte erteilt, haben die Betrüger anschließend Zugriff auf die Freundesliste, die Nutzer-ID, das Geschlecht, den Namen, das Profilbild, alle hochgeladenen Bilder sowie mit anderen Usern geteilte Informationen. Die betrügerische Anwendung greift für ihre Verbreitung auf eine Sicherheitslücke im sozialen Netzwerk zurück.

 

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http://www.pcwelt.de/news/Betrueger-App-Vorsicht-vor-gefaelschter-WhatsApp-Anwendung-auf-Facebook-6187499.html?r=961528924905666&amp;amp;lid=189496

 

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Android-Schädling geht auf Shopping-Tour

Android-Schädling geht auf Shopping-Tour | Apps and Widgets for any use, mostly for education and FREE | Scoop.it
Die Sicherheitsexperten von G-Data haben einen neuen Android-Schädling entdeckt, der selbstständig kostenpflichtige Apps herunterlädt.

 

G-Data empfiehlt zum Schutz von solchen und ähnlichen Schädlingen die Installation einer Sicherheitslösung auf dem mobilen Gerät. Außerdem sollte das Gerät und die darauf installierten Applikationen immer aktuell gehalten werden, um so auch vor bereits bekannten und geschlossenen Sicherheitslücken geschützt zu sein. Grundsätzlich sollten Apps nur aus vertrauenswürdigen Quellen heruntergeladen und installiert werden. Dazu zählen etwa Google Play und die Marktplätze der Hersteller.

 

In diesem Artikel finden Sie weitere Tipps, wie Sie ein Android-Gerät absichern können:

 

http://www.pcwelt.de/ratgeber/Sicherheit-fuer-Android-So-schuetzen-Sie-das-Android-Betriebssystem-6078873.html

 

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Auf Hacker-Konferenz Lücke in Google Play aufgedeckt

Auf Hacker-Konferenz Lücke in Google Play aufgedeckt | Apps and Widgets for any use, mostly for education and FREE | Scoop.it
Zwei Forscher haben die Sicherheitsfunktion Google Bouncer ausgehebelt. Sie soll bösartige Programme aus dem Google Play Marktplatz heraushalten. Zudem haben die Forscher Schwachstellen am Kontrollsystem gefunden.

 

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http://www.pcwelt.de/news/Blackhat-Forscher-hebeln-Google-Bouncer-aus-6126907.html

 

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iPhone & iPad Security Apps − SecureWeb for Apple Devices | Webroot

iPhone & iPad Security Apps − SecureWeb for Apple Devices | Webroot | Apps and Widgets for any use, mostly for education and FREE | Scoop.it
Webroot SecureWeb for iOS devices provides complete antivirus and mobile security for Apple smartphones & tablets. Get protected today!

 

Introducing the safest way to shop, bank, and browse from your Apple® device.

 

Webroot SecureWeb iPad and iPhone security apps provide a feature-rich web browser allowing you to confidently browse, shop and bank online. Webroot's URL filtering technology lets you know if the site is safe to enter while blocking users from entering malicious websites.

 

Search results from Google, Yahoo, Bing, and Ask will be annotated accordingly with safe, unknown, or known threats reputation marks. Enjoy surfing on your iPhone or iPad with tabbed browsing.

 

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http://www.webroot.com/En_US/consumer-products-mobile-security-secureweb.html

 

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New Android trojan infects 100,000 in China

New Android trojan infects 100,000 in China | Apps and Widgets for any use, mostly for education and FREE | Scoop.it
A new Android trojan that provides a variation on covert premium calls has been located in China: it secretly buys apps via China Mobile’s Android Market. The cost is automatically added to the user’s phone bill.

 

 

 

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http://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/view/26859/new-android-trojan-infects-100000-in-china/?utm_source=twitterfeed&amp;amp;utm_medium=twitter

 

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Sophos Mobile Security - Applications Android

Sophos Mobile Security - Applications Android | Apps and Widgets for any use, mostly for education and FREE | Scoop.it

Sophos Mobile Security is a lightweight app which protects your Android device without reducing performance or battery life. Using up-to-the-minute intelligence from SophosLabs, we automatically scan apps as you install them. This anti-virus functionality helps you to avoid undesirable software and malicious code which can lead to data loss and unexpected costs. And if your device is lost or stolen, a remote lock will shield your personal information from prying eyes.


Keep malware at bay
• Scans apps as you install them
• Scans previously installed apps both on your device and on your SD card
• Gray-lists apps which could pose a potential threat
• Uses SophosLabs threat intelligence from the cloud with up-to-the-minute information.
Lock or locate a device which is lost or stolen
• Performs a remote lock on any Android device which you have lost or stolen
• Uses tracking technology to attempt to find your device (optional feature)
Use our Privacy Advisor to stay safe
• Detects apps which access personal data such as your address book
• Lets you easily identify apps which could create costs

 

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http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sophos.smsec

 

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NQ Mobile. Protect your Smartphone with our Award-Winning Mobile Security Apps

NQ Mobile. Protect your Smartphone with our Award-Winning Mobile Security Apps | Apps and Widgets for any use, mostly for education and FREE | Scoop.it
NQ Mobile is the leader in mobile security, providing top rated mobile apps to protect your mobile device from malware, spyware, theft, and loss.

 

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http://www.nq.com/

 

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