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text 2017-10-03 14:38
How These New SMS-Tracking Apps Works

With these new varieties of SMS-tracking apps, monitoring SMS messages and other device activities have become even more convenient and easier. Not to mention that they’re legal if installed correctly. Amongst these SMS-tracking apps, one stood out the most. This outstanding app is called SMS tracker.

One of the easiest and handy ways to locate a phone is to track all forms of communication that’s being emitted from and to the device. SMS tracker works by being able to track the device’s location through the triangulating the position of the mobile device with the help of the 3 nearest cellular network towers around the mobile device to form some sort of a triangle. And once the triangle is formed, the exact location of the device is often in the middle of that triangle.

Most users often ask lots of questions one of them which is “why should I make use of an SMS tracker?” and let’s get real, many people don’t feel the need to utilize any form of SMS-tracking apps as they don’t realize how much they really needed it. They often realize it a little too late, i.e. their device getting stolen making it its recovery next to impossible without an SMS-tracking app on it.

But if you think that recovering a stolen device is the only sole reason for installing SMS tracker, well, that’s where you are mistaken. This app is not only good for tracking down a stolen device but there are many other advantages in using this app. Why do you think it’s called “SMS” tracker? Well for starters, as its name suggests, it can also track down messages on a device. Like ALL messages, the ones you send and the ones you receive as well. Aside from that, it can monitor call logs and other forms of communications such as social media apps like Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, WhatsApp, Viber and Instagram amongst the apps it can monitor.

So how can you get your hands on these apps?

The obvious way would be is to go the Google Play Store and look for SMS tracker and install it. Or you could also go to its official page by clicking on this link, SMS tracker. After you successfully installed it, the next thing you’ve got to do is to set it up on the devices you want to keep track of. This is an easy process that does not really require much information since the only thing you need is the details of the device that will be receiving all the information. Other than that, it is quite easy to set up and use.

One of the best features of the app is that it provides parents, partners, and even employers a unique opportunity to monitor and track their children, significant others and employees on what they are doing or where they are at any time of the day. Although some people view this as some sort of intrusion of privacy, it is undeniable that it is a good idea to let your children or partner or employees what they are doing to stop any form of friction within their relationship, be it personal or formal.

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text 2017-09-12 15:22
How To Make Smartphones Secure In A World Of Increasing Cyber-Risks

Consistently the big brands will bring out a new smartphone, loaded with new exciting technology, but these smartphones come with risks. The rise of mobile phones, especially in business use, has led to cyber-criminals targeting companies and prominent people through vulnerabilities in their latest iPhone or Android. So how can we protect against them?


Firstly, the goal of these criminals is often to break the security system in a phone to have access to and steal high-value personal or sensitive information that they can then ransom back for big sums of money. Also, the criminals can listen to private conversations, track SMS or find out about important decisions taken by senior executives.



Pegasus spyware


The revelation in August 2016, that Pegasus spyware could be installed on a phone only by clicking a disguised link still shocked many. Pegasus is a spy software which can be installed on devices running certain versions of iOS, Apple's mobile operating system.


This piece of malware is capable of SMS tracking, collecting passwords, tracing the phone's location, tracking calls, and collecting data from applications, including iMessage, Gmail, Viber, Facebook, WhatsApp, and Skype.


The Steps We Can Take


First of all, passwords need to be changed from factory settings, as anyone who recalls the UK’s phone-hacking scandal should know. Whether in private hands or part of an organization’s IT estate, devices need solid passwords that are constantly changed. 


Given the critical relationship between mobility and cloud apps, confirmation for application accounts in the cloud should likewise be solid. For businesses supervision of these accounts is better to be under their direct control rather than the control of employers. For businesses, it is also required the patching of their mobile phone management systems, which can themselves become gateways to the phones.


Although mobile operating systems sellers have constructed their products to shut out cyber criminals, the reality is that new weaknesses are constantly found. It is important the users ensure all the patches and updates. Patches make it harder for hackers, requiring them to invest more energy and effort to find new zones of weakness to exploit.


Also, a big advantage for businesses if they utilize the latest versions of the operating systems utilized by their smartphones. While this may be costly, it surely gives them the assurance from security architecture created to combat the recent dangers. It is important too, to get endeavors from vendors that security updates will continue to be provided for a set period and when that terminates, those devices should be decommissioned.



Securing your applications


With Google and Apple having roughly two million applications available, criminals are prepared to abuse their coding weaknesses or to assemble completely malicious versions. 


Users should be aware with legitimate new applications that the typical pattern is for security to be remiss when they are first launched and afterward increase consistently to uptake. The best practice obviously requires the buy of applications from only legitimate vendors, along with the acceptance of all security updates.


These are all steps users and businesses can take to secure themselves, however telecommunications companies need to have their impact as well by testing their networks for weaknesses using the target security expertise of consultancies. Specialists who are a master in telecommunications will join their abilities with ethical hackers to recreate a full-scale cyber-attack, uncovering the weaknesses and giving the specialized expertise to settle the problems.


With the multiplication of cybercrime and state-sponsored hacking, it is important that users and businesses take the security far more seriously. Neglect could be equivalent to leaving the doors unlocked.


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text 2017-08-23 07:14
Thousands of Android Tracking Apps: What to Do About Them

Android users have a new threat to be aware of: tracking applications that take information from the devices they attack. Some apps made their way to Google Play, however, most by far are coming from other online sources.


These tracking applications can collect almost any type of data, including SMS tracking, and other personal information like internet surfing habits, user logins, and bank or credit account information.


Analysts from SophosLabs and other organizations have discovered three cases of SonicSpy-infused apps in Google Play: Troy Chat, Soniac, and Hulk Messenger - messaging applications that cover their tracking performance and wait for orders from command-and-control servers.


Google removed the applications from its store after they were found. Researcher Chen Yu said the Google Play versions had “small installation numbers and remained for a brief time”. In spite of the fact that three were found on Google Play, SophosLabs has counted 3,240 SonicSpy applications in the world. A few reports put the number at 4,000. According to various reports, a single bad actor, listed on Google Play as Iraq web service, has delivered these applications since February.


How do they work?


These tracking applications, known as SonicSpy, share the capacity to:


  • Silently record audio
  • Take photos with the mobile phone’s camera
  • Send SMS to whatever telephone numbers the attacker wants
  • Make calls and pilfer data
  • Recover information from contacts, Wi-Fi access points, and call logs


On the devices it attacks, SonicSpy removes its launch icon to cover itself and then connects to a control server.


Protective methods


Since these tracking Android applications continue to exist, we must utilize an Android antivirus like the free Sophos Mobile Security for Android. By blocking the installation of the tracking applications, regardless of the possibility that they originate from Google Play, you can save yourself much trouble.


In the bigger picture, the average Android user wouldn’t recognize what performances the malware used to achieve their phone’s doorstep, yet they can do much to secure it from getting in, particularly with regards to the applications they pick. With that in mind, here’s some more general advice:


Keep away from applications with a low reputation. In the event that nobody knows anything about a new application yet, don’t install it on a work phone! You will be accused if something turns out badly, and your IT department definitely won’t be happy.


  • Always stick to Google Play. Maybe it isn’t perfect, but Google puts much effort into avoiding tracking application arriving in the first place or cleansing it from the Play Store if it appears. Conversely, various alternative markets are almost a free for all, so application creators can upload anything they want, and much of the time do.


  • Fix early, fix frequently. When purchasing a new mobile phone, check the vendor’s attitude to updates and the speed with which the patches arrive. Why not put “quicker, more effective fixing” on your list of desirable features, alongside or before the equipment advances like “better camera” and “higher-res screen”?
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