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What is the Best Age for a Child to Get a Smartphone?

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 April 7, 2014

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The official reason why parents give their children smartphones is for their safety and security. However, most parents may well know that the unofficial reason is the nagging they are subjected to. Children often see their friends who own smartphones and declare that they too want the same. Moreover, most...

New Android Malware known as Android.AVPasser.A Detected

 March 18, 2014

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A new variation of mobile malware that affects Android based devices has been detected by the Quick Heal Labs. An innovative feature of this malware is that it detects certain mobile security applications on the device and modifies their databases in order to avoid detection. Quick Heal Detection: Android.AVPasser.A As...

Instagram: What you need to know – Part 2

 April 6, 2013

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This post is in continuation with our previous post on Instagram and will discuss how you can control your privacy in the app. In Instagram the key word is ‘public.’ Once an Instagram profile has been created, anyone can browse these online profiles and “follow” other Instagram users. Here comes the...

Instagram: What you need to know

 April 3, 2013

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In an earlier post we talked about various apps and the risks associated with them. In these subsequent posts, we will scratch the surface a little bit and dig a little deeper to understand the privacy implications of one app in particular – Instagram. Now, that our very own Big...

How to avoid accidental in-app purchases by kids on your Smartphone?

 March 5, 2013

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Uncontrolled in-app purchases can result in huge bills for your Smartphone. However, the feature can be easily turned off. Needless to say, ‘free’ apps in Google Play or iTunes Store are always more preferable than their ‘paid’ counterparts. However, these apps work using a ‘freemium’ model to generate revenue. Yes,...

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

 February 25, 2013

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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...

Security news and updates from the last week

 February 15, 2013

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India – Where most of the world’s spam originates from A large amount of email spam originates in India. This interesting report shows that most of the world’s spam actually originates in India. Facebook has more than 50 million duplicate user accounts worldwide Facebook officials have claimed that there are...

Massive Android botnet invades China: Could India be the next target?

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 January 21, 2013

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A massive Trojan botnet has been discovered in Android devices in China and this serves as a timely reminder of the growing vulnerability of the Android platform. Staggeringly, this botnet has infected more than 1 million Android devices that function in China. The high vulnerability of Android devices in China...

Spam SMS messages on the rise: Quick Heal mobile threat detection numbers

 January 16, 2013

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In September 2012, Quick Heal launched an initiative for mobile users to forward suspicious SMS messages to a predesignated number. We received an impressive response as a lot of mobile users actively forwarded their spam messages and contributed towards this cause. The number to forward any suspicious SMS messages to...

The growing threat of mobile malware: Top Android malware families of 2012

 January 8, 2013

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The open-source nature of the Android platform is its biggest strength and Achilles heel at the same time. Android handsets constituted almost 72% of global smartphone sales in Q3 2012 and 1.3 million Android devices are activated worldwide every single day. This is a staggering market share that Android enjoys...