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Using Your Smartphone for Safety: Must-have Apps & Settings...

Knowing your loved ones are safe can be a great comfort in a world where many things are uncertain. Luckily, your smartphone comes with some built-in security features as well as numerous apps that can help you keep your loved ones safer. As we become increasingly inseparable from our devices, it is high time we use them to help guard us when danger comes knocking. Here are a few apps and smartphone settings that will help you and your loved ones stay safe: Health on iOS 9 One of the first critical steps in safety is maintaining your health. With iOS 9’s updates to the “Health” app, you can keep track of virtually anything related to your health...

Using Your Smartphone for Safety: Must-have Apps & Settings
posted on: Oct 1, 2015 | author: Safety Issues

How Secure are Mobile Transactions?

More consumers are paying for purchases through mobile devices: smartphones, the Apple Watch, the Square, and other tools that make payments easier and faster. But how secure are these mobile transactions? Are they better or worse than online buying? These are issues smart consumers need to think about before they wave their phones or watches at a scanner. Mobile Payment Technologies Happened Too Soon Many organizations are not ready to handle mobile payments. In April 2015, the Ponemon Institute conducted a study on data security in “evolving payment systems” for Experian’s Data Breach Resolution unit. Ponemon surveyed more than 23,000 workers involved in IT, IT security, risk management, product development and others in the mobile payment industry. About 70 percent...

How Secure are Mobile Transactions?
posted on: Jul 15, 2015 | author: Safety Issues

Six Health and Safety Apps for the iPhone 6...

In 2014, Apple debuted the Health app for iOS 8, which is compatible with the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Also, other health and fitness apps that have been installed via the Apple Store can sync with the Health app. This allows users to monitor their nutrition, fitness, sleep vitals and more, all from one easy-to-navigate platform. It also is equipped with a Medical ID feature, which acts as an emergency card, just in case first responders need to locate information. Health, safety and emergency related apps are becoming standard in today’s new technology. Ensure that you are well protected with these six apps: Health Glucose Buddy: This app, created by SkyHealth, has been featured in Wired Magazine,...

Six Health and Safety Apps for the iPhone 6
posted on: Feb 4, 2015 | author: Safety Issues

Child-Proof Your Mobile Device

Smartphones and mobile devices have become the electronic right hand for many busy parents. If you’re stuck in traffic with the kids, let them play on your cell phone. When you want to catch up with an adult friend, occupy the kids with your tablet. Kid’s apps on mobile devices give the tired parent a respite during the day. Of course, if done wrong, the results can be horrendous with accidental purchases, usage fees and missing data. So, before you hand over your mobile device, make sure that you have properly child-proofed it. Kid Mode Smartphones like the HTC One come equipped with a parental control function called Kid Mode. Using this app, you can create a special profile...

Child-Proof Your Mobile Device
posted on: Nov 9, 2014 | author: Safety Issues

Tips for Wi-Fi Safety

The chief security officer of a firm that specializes in wireless security says that hotspots are ideal spots for the bad guys. The most dangerous hotspots are those at airports, convention centers, and hotels. The security officer has found that 30 percent of hotspot users do not have firewalls installed on their laptops and about 24 percent never disconnect their systems after they finished. Hotspots may be perfect for browsing when you’re away from home, but you should be very wary about using it for personal stuff. They are open networks and because they do not use any encryption, they are vulnerable to snooping. Here are some safety tips to protect your computer. * Avoid doing your banking...

Tips for Wi-Fi Safety
posted on: Nov 21, 2012 | author: Staff writer

No Easy Answers to Password Problems

Even "strong" passwords have big weaknesses, so companies serious about security ought to rely on additional methods of authentication. When hackers breached the servers of Sony Pictures in June, they cast a harsh light on one of the Web’s most bedeviling security problems: passwords. After finding that a million user passwords for three Sony sites were stored without encryption, the intruders posted them online for anyone to see. Security researcher Troy Hunt pored over the file and found that half of the passwords could be considered weak because they had a low degree of randomness—they had only lowercase letters, only uppercase letters, or only numbers. More than a third of the passwords could have been found in a...

posted on: Jul 6, 2011 | author: Staff writer

Is It Possible to Steal Encrypted Data?...

A group of researchers recently published a paper that details simple methods they developed to steal encrypted data stored in hard disk drives. Their technique could seriously undermine the effectiveness of security software used to protect data on computers, especially laptops and other portable computers which are very vulnerable to theft. The procedure requires the attacker to have physical access to the computer; it cannot be done remotely. It exploits an obscure vulnerability in the DRAM (dynamic random access memory) chip, which temporarily holds data while you are working on your computer. When you shut off the computer, the data in the DRAM, including the data encryption keys, are erased from the DRAM. Contrary to popular assumption, however,...

Is It Possible to Steal Encrypted Data?
posted on: Feb 9, 2011 | author: Staff writer

Safety tips for secure Tweeting

The seemingly impenetrable walls of Fortress Twitter came crumbling down Monday following reports U.S. President Barack Obama had been assassinated. The outrageous and (thankfully) inaccurate Tweets were sent in the morning from Fox News’ Politics Twitter account, likely by a hacker confusing Independence Day with April Fools’ Day. A group calling itself The Script Kiddies claimed responsibility for the Tweets, which remained posted on the Fox News account for more than six hours. Fox News has since issued an apology for the bogus Tweets. On Monday, an anonymous, self-proclaimed member of The Script Kiddies told the website TheHackerNews.com that the group has “several email accounts belonging to Fox News… We have no announced plans for future attacks; we...

posted on: Jan 10, 2011 | author: Staff writer

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