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Notable App: Screen lock switch

Published on March 9, 2013 by in Apps, Security

As a security concern having a screen lock is always a good idea, considering the vast amount of private data one’s smartphone exposes.  However at certain times of prolonged or frequent reaching for one’s handset it can become a chore and inconvenience to constantly have to go through the hoops of entering a password or

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Doorbot – Answer your door with a smartphone

Published on December 15, 2012 by in News, Security

Wouldn’t it be great to answer your front door with a smartphone? That’s the promise of Doorbot, a Wi-Fi-enabled doorbell that alerts you whenever someone pushes its button, sending audio and video to your smartphone. The battery-operated device installs at your threshold with four screws in a bracket. Once you’ve downloaded its free app and

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Security experts warn mobile users over ‘smishing’

Published on August 10, 2012 by in News, Security

Irish security experts have warned mobile phone users about a rising number of “smishing” attacks which allow cybercriminals access to personal information such as credit card details and passwords. Smishing is a method whereby criminals use text messages to bait consumers into divulging sensitive information. The scam is similar to phishing, whereby fraudulent emails are

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Norton Anti-virus teams up with Carphone Warehouse

Published on May 28, 2012 by in Android, News, Security

Norton by Symantec recently announced a partnership with Carphone Warehouse that will see Norton Mobile Security offered to Android customers in more than 800 stores across Ireland and the UK. Under this agreement, every new Android handset sold in Carphone Warehouse can be equipped with Norton Mobile Security for the discounted price of €19.99 (a

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Google adds Bouncer to fight malware and virus apps

Published on April 16, 2012 by in News, Security

Google is addressing growing concerns about malware in Android Market with the formal unveiling of a scanning service called Bouncer that will attempt to weed out bad apps in its marketplace. The service has been running for some time now and has helped Google reduce the number of potentially malicious downloads by 40 percent from the first half of 2011 to the second

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PayPal enter contactless mobile payment race

PayPal have announced that will be deploying cardless mobile payment shortly, this is in direct competition with NFC devices which have been gaining steady ground on both sides of the Atlantic.  PayPal claim that there is less need for upgrading hardware with their new payment system, this may hold true for handsets and terminals but

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Tip: Google Takeout – Download your Google data

Google Takeout is offered by Google to give users the means to download their personal and public data stored on the Googl e cloud.  Now, while Google may seem like a very reliable cloud to have your data on, when it comes to ‘what if?’, you always wish to have a backup.   Data that

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New facebook messaging app and mobile data harvesting

Facebook has released a new Android app for messaging, combining facebook messages with SMS, allowing group messaging, locations of contacts on a map and plenty more big brother type features.  It also introduces an array of harvesting features to facebook, giving the app the ability to read messages and contacts on your phone, something I

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Hackers and cyber-criminals begin targeting smart phone users

Published on August 8, 2011 by in Security, Tips

With the rise of smart phone users and personal digital devices it is time to consider exercising caution and common sense with regards protecting your personal data, as you would with your PC, modern smart phones are as powerful as a PC and essential are mobile computers, and carry the same inherent security risks, and

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