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What Is Mobile Malware And How Can You Avoid It?

The internet can be a dangerous place, so I am grateful that has allowed me to share my article about mobile malware on their blog. is an awesome blog focused on tips and tricks to make technology work for you instead of the other way around. They also provide handy recommendations as seen in this article: “Best Office Apps For Android.”

What Is Mobile Malware And How Can You Avoid It?

Though many people know that viruses and hackers can attack their computer, they aren’t aware that there are security threats targeted at their mobile devices as well. Just as your computer can acquire malware, so can any other device that connects to the internet. But what exactly is malware?

Malware is the term used to describe software or code that is designed to exploit your device or data without your consent. Some examples of malware are viruses, spyware, key-loggers, and Trojans. Unfortunately, malware can be easy to pick up and can sometimes be present on your device without your knowledge.

So what are you to do about this and how can you avoid it? For starters, you should install security apps, if you haven’t already, but there are some other steps you should take as well. Here’s what you should know when it comes to protecting both your mobile device and your personal information.

Helpful Apps

Since not everyone is aware of which apps they should use to protect their device, it’s important that we go over some of the basics. If you already have a computer, it’s likely that you’re familiar with anti-virus programs. However, due the increase in functionality that smartphones and tablets offer, some people no longer even need to have a desktop computer on hand, and smartphones don’t typically come with security apps already installed.

Though there are many different anti-virus apps to choose from, I would personally recommend Avast Free Mobile Security, mainly because of the amount of features it offers compared to some of the other free anti-virus apps available. With Avast Free Mobile Security, you’ll even have access to anti-theft capabilities that can help you locate your device if it’s stolen. You’ll also be able to wipe the data off of your mobile device if you need.

After you install an anti-virus app, it would be wise to install a Virtual Private Network (VPN). With both security apps on your mobile device, you’ll have much more security than just using one alone. A Virtual Private Network encrypts your internet connection and hides your location by masking your IP address.

With your connection encrypted and your location hidden, your device will be well protected, which is especially important because it’s common for smartphones and tablets to connect to public WiFi. Public WiFi is an unsecured network that is easy for hackers to gain access to, so you’ll want to ensure that you have your device secured any time you use it. Just like anti-virus apps, there are a variety of VPN apps to choose from as well.

I would recommend ExpressVPN, as it’s compatible with every OS and also offers unlimited speed and bandwidth. Another benefit to using ExpressVPN is that their customer service is available around the clock via live chat, so you’re able to easily contact them if you need any help. Check out Secure Thoughts for more information about ExpressVPN and to see how it compares to some of the other VPNs available.

Avoiding Malware

Security apps can do a lot to help you avoid malware, but you’ll still need to do your part, and in order to do so, you’ll need to know ways you can avoid malware without the reliance on security apps. Even with security apps doing their jobs correctly, there’s always a small chance that something could slip through the cracks. One of the main ways you can avoid picking up malware on your mobile device is by avoiding unfamiliar hyperlinks.

Hyperlinks can appear on websites, in emails, text messages, in apps, and even on the app store that you use. For starters, whenever you go to download an app, always read through the reviews and the user permissions first to determine whether or not you should be suspicious of it. If others have encountered a problem with it, it’s likely they will write a negative review about the app.

Be aware that sometimes those reviews can be removed by the app developer, so you should never base your opinion solely on the reviews. Another way you can check to see if you should proceed with caution before you download an app is to do a quick Google search of the name of the app, as sometimes information will show up in the first page of the results about any news associated with the app.

Overall, it’s best to stick to the websites you know to be trustworthy, when possible. When you receive links in emails or texts, always check the URL first to determine whether or not they lead to a familiar page. On some touch-screen devices, you can do this by holding your finger down on the hyperlink until a small box appears that displays the URL.

Be aware that sometimes apps contain links as well that can lead to malicious websites. These will usually appear in the form of ads that use catchy phrases that might persuade you to click on them. Some examples are “Virus detected,” “You’ve won,” “Click here for your free gift card,” and other similar titles.

When To Share And When Not To…

Sometimes you can land into a lot of trouble just by sharing your information. It can be hard to avoid doing so, but the less you share, the better. It’s always possible for companies to have data breaches, so even sharing your information with legitimate companies can sometimes be an issue.

When you do find yourself needing to use your information, maybe for an online purchase for example, always log out of your account afterwards, and don’t store your password on your device. It’s always a good idea to keep an eye on your bank statements as well. Sometimes hackers might actually pose as a legitimate person or company too, so be aware of that whenever you are entering your personal information online.

Most of the time, common internet security mistakes are actually the cause of people acquiring malware on their device, so if you know how to avoid them, you have a much better chance of preventing your information from becoming compromised.

Keeping Your Mobile Device Protected

Any time you use the internet, there’s always a chance that you could acquire malware. The truth is, no one is immune from online security threats and even with the best software installed, you could still end up becoming a victim (though it’s not nearly as likely). When trying to avoid malware, it’s important to understand where malware commonly appears and how you can protect your privacy online.

When you start to learn more about online security, it’s likely that you’ll better understand how to spot an online scam, though it’s never entirely simple, even for the most tech savvy. New security threats on the internet are appearing all the time, especially as new technology comes out. But with preventative measures taken, you’re much better off than those who keep their device unprotected regardless.

About the author: Caroline is a technology enthusiast who writes about internet security and data privacy. She has travelled all over the world and enjoys sharing her experience and knowledge of new technology and smartphone development with readers.


How to Remove Passwords From PDF Files Using Chrome

Sometimes you will get bank statements, utility bills in pdf format in your email and whenever you open them, they prompt you to enter a password to open the PDF file, and since many times you might use different passwords, It’s difficult to remember each pdf password.

Today Techie Whizkid show you an easy way on How you can remove passwords from PDF files using just Google chrome – the famous web browser from Google.

Follow these simple steps below to Remove Passwords from PDF File

  • Drag any password protected PDF file into Google Chrome browser
  • Google Chrome will now prompt you to enter the password of the file. Enter the password and hit Enter to open the file.
  • Now go to the File menu in Google Chrome and choose Print (or press Ctrl+P on Windows or Cmd+P on Mac). Choose the destination printer as “Save as PDF” and click the Save button.

Chrome will then save the PDF to your desktop as a new PDF file but without the password protection. If you re-open this PDF in Chrome, it would no longer require a password to open.

Also Note that if you have enabled Google Cloud Print, you can choose the destination as “Save to Google Drive” in the print dialog and the unprotected version of the PDF will be sent straight to your Google Drive from Chrome.

How to Remove PDF Passwords using a Free Utility called BeCyPDFMetaEdit

Download BeCyPDFMetaEdit and open it, it will ask your for the location of the PDF file. Before you select and open the PDF, change the mode to “Complete Rewrite,” then switch to the Security tab and set the “Security System” to “No encryption.” Click the Save button and your PDF will no longer require a password to open.

Thanks to labnol for the above tips.


How to Fix and Solve Cursor on Top of Page Problem in MS Word

If you encounter this strange problem in MS Word (any version) that whenever you open a MS Word Document and you spot the cursor getting stuck on the very top of the page as shown in the image below – You will have to hit the Enter Key twice to make the cursor’s position back to Normal

Fix Cursor on Top of Page in MS Word

Techie WhizKid gives you a simple fix by which you can restore the cursor’s position back to normal in MS Word and you will not have to hit the Enter Key everytime to restore the cursor position

In Word 2002 or 2003, click on Tools | Options | View tab | check the
“White space between pages” box | OK.

In Word 2007, click on Office button | Word Options | Display | check
the “Show white space between pages in Print Layout view” box | OK.

The above simple fix should solve the Cursor on Top of Page error in MS Word.

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How To Disable and Enable Tabs in Gmail Inbox

Gmail has rolled out a new feature Inbox Tabs which will enable gmail and you to sort your emails based on their content.

For example – All your Social Media Notifications from Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, YouTube will automatically be placed under the “Social” Tab while other promotions from Flipkart, amazon, ebay etc will get placed under “Promotions” tab.

Now for some users including me – This was quite annoying as I now had to switch between various tabs to locate all my new emails in my gmail Inbox. So here I am presenting you with the Tech Tip of the Week

How to Disable/Enable Tabs in Gmail Inbox

1. On the right side of the Gmail interface, find and click the little gear icon (a.k.a. Settings).

2. Click Configure inbox.

3. Now choose which of the five available tabs you want to enable—or disable. If you’re not sure exactly what each tab will give you, just mouse over the name of each one; Gmail will show you personalized examples (based on your own inbox) of the kinds of messages that’ll get sorted there. In order to disable all tabs so that you can see all emails in one Inbox tab only than uncheck all boxes except Primary & also enable Include starred in Primary under Starred Messages.

Disable or Enable Tabs in Gmail Inbox

4. Once you’ve made your selections, click Save. and Gmail will then load all emails in one Inbox View only – just like the old times.

For your convenience – You can also watch the video below on How to Enable and Disable Gmail Tabs in Inbox


Best Office Apps For Android

Just a few years back, the way we worked was very different than how we manage our daily tasks these days. Many of us did not have PCs let alone a proper Internet connection. These days we have provider companies offering us a pretty standard 1mbps Internet speed but we know there was a time when we were grateful that Internet worked. Times have changed and what we see now is a radical revolution in the technology and science. But where does Office Apps for Android come in picture? It shows how much we have become dependent on our smartphones and computer tablets for our work, projects or just about anything and some are for good reasons. We have reached multi-touch gesture-based era of computing starting from microcomputers, PCs to Notebooks.

The Office Apps gratify our needs to access document files, create, edit or send them directly from our smartphones or tablets. Some of the apps are free and some are not and the ones that make the top of the lists for latest android smartphone are:

Best Office Apps for Android - Google Drive

Google Drive: This one is not an Office app technically since it is more of an online storage but recently Google has added the Doc feature on this app making it a mix of both. Google Drive gives 5GB online storage and additional features of creating, editing, and viewing document, spreadsheet and presentation files online or offline after downloading it on your smartphone or tablet.

Best Office Apps for Android - Kingsoft office

Kingsoft Office: Now, we have one more app that also offers creating, editing, and viewing document, spreadsheet, and presentation files on your device and supports cloud storages. In this app, you have features like spell check, attach pictures and graphics, print, and save as PDF. This app supports 23 kind of files like DOCX, TXT, and XLSX etc.

Best Office Apps for Android - Polaris

Polaris: This app looks good and gives the best as well. Very much like Kingsoft, they support Microsoft’s files like Word, Excel, PowerPoint as well as Adobe PDF. You can create, edit, and view your files and it supports cloud storage as well. Overall, a good-looking app with good features that is free.

Best Office Apps for Android - Documents To Go

Document To Go 3: One of the best Office apps on Play offers similar features for free and full features at a certain price. Once again, most of the files from Microsoft like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint can be accessed and viewed. But the editing and creating of those files can be done after buying the app. You can edit Google Doc files as well as view PDFs after purchasing.

Best Office Apps for Android - OfficeSuite Pro

OfficeSuite Pro: Now, this one is not free from the start. OfficeSuite Pro 7 comes at a price and offers a lot of features though it is a bit costly. There are templates and cloud storage support including Microsoft SkyDrive. You can create, edit, and view file formats of Word, Spreadsheets and Presentation as well as PDF, ZIP and TXT. This app looks a lot better than the free ones, I accept, and functions quite well too.

About the Author

Article is written by Sunasra Manzur, writer at Waroze is product from Saffroze which also provides outsource android app development service.