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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.


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.


Comparison Of The iPhone 5 with Galaxy S3, Lumia 920, Galaxy Note 2 & One X

The First Video of iPhone 5 Hands on by Anandtech

PhoneArena has also published a great article which compares 5 Smartphones which can give some serious and tough competition to the iPhone 5.

The Verge has published a great comparison spec sheet on which you can compare the hardware specs of the iPhone 5 with the top of the line Android Competitors  –  Samsung Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2, HTC One X & Nokia’s upcoming Windows 8 phone – The Lumia 920

Comparison of the iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy s3, Samsung Note 2, Nokia Lumia 920 & HTC OneX

View the iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Nokia Lumia 920 & HTC One X by clicking here

iPhone 5 Specification Sheet

iPhone 5 Hardware Specifications

  • 4.0-inch Retina display (1136 x 640 p)Capture3 Apple wraps off its first 4G LTE flagship smartphone; Apple iPhone 5 [Price, Specs & features]
  • Thickness :- 7.6mm
  • Weight :- 112 gms
  • Operating system – iOS 6.0
  • Faster A6 chip processor
  • Storage – 16GB/32GB/64GB
  • 8 MP camera
  • Low-light mode, Smart filters,
  • Spatial noise reduction
  • FaceTime Front camera for video calling
  • Connectivity – Wi-fi 802.11 b/g/n/a, 4G LTE
  • 3G, GPS, single radio, 3 microphones
  • New 9-pin dock connector
  • Siri (Voice recognition app)

The phone is empowered by a powerful battery which offers back-up time of 8 hrs on LTE or 3G browsing, 10 hrs of Wi-fi browsing & video playback, 40 hrs of music playback and 225 hrs of stand-by time.

iPhone 5 Price & Availability

The phone will be shipped starting from Sept 19th and you can pre-order the device from Sept 14th . Apple iphone 5 will be available for pre -order in many known countries including , USA, UK , France, HongKong, Japan. The price details are enclosed below :-

  • Apple iPhone 5 (16 GB) – $199
  • Apple iPhone 5(32 GB) – $299
  • Apple iPhone 5 (64 GB) – $399 
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Find The Fastest Growing Business Pages on Google+ using Zoomsphere

Find The Fastest Growing Business Pages on Google+ using ZoomsphereGoogle+ has still not yet reached the level of Facebook in terms of Social Networking Users, but it has rapidly added new features eg Google Hangouts which definately make Google+ a must for every user especially a Business owner who is seeking to reach the Google+ traffic for marketing his venture through the use of Google+ Business Pages.

I came across a new online utility called Zoomsphere which lets you view  the total number of fans across various social networks including Google+.

Top Google+ Business Pages
When looking at the details page for each of these Google+ Business Pages, you will access  all kinds of other information as well like Top Commented, which is the top commented activity; Top Plussed, which is the comment or entry with the most plusses; and recent activity, which is the most recent activity on the page.

Do give Zoomsphere a try and find out the Fastest Growing Top Google+ Business Pages Now!


Facebook Updates in 2011

Facebook Updates in 2011

Facebook currently hosts more than 800 million active users.  Will they break 1 billion in 2012?  Who knows, but with Facebook claiming over 7 million apps and websites that integrate the social media site, it’s not an absurd goal to shoot for in the coming year.  There have been several updates this year including better privacy settings and a revamped newsfeed.  Personally I think it’s a little too in your face, even if it is meant to be helpful.  The constant pressure to update web-based everything is a good thing.  That is how innovations are made, by ignoring the old adage ‘if it’s not broke, don’t fix it,’ and striving to improve what already exists for the sake of being the best.  It is this kind of attitude that keeps great companies afloat.

Facebook has just launched an update to the Android app that will make is faster and easier to get photos and messages.  They’ve also revamped how easy it is to upload photos onto the website in general. These are not major overhauls happening here. It’s more of a fine tuning of existing technology that makes the social networking site run better and better based on user feedback.  Privacy and security will always be an issue when it comes to online personal content, but hopefully the powers that be at Facebook will continue to keep working on the best ways to protect your information.  Check out their tutorial on the new privacy setting to get a handle on them and keep an eye out for the changes to hit in the next year.  I think we’ll all be surprised to see what kind of upgrades will come out of social media technology in 2012, as it seems everyone is getting online.


Author’s Bio: Sean loves social media and taking advantage of the best deal using a Dell coupon when he’s not writing for the Blog Content Guild

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