Protect yourself from the HeartBleed Bug on your mobile phones

290_HeartbleedBugLosing your online identity has reached a whole new level with the HeartBleed Bug. The bug is named after the way information is transferred from the server to the hacking requestor at each ‘Heartbeat’. This heartbeat is defined as a periodic signal from heartware signaling normal operation. This bug was first discovered in early April and is attributed to the coding for Open SSL cryptography library. This coding error has created a huge security flaw in websites, allowing for cyber criminals to steal information from servers and user passwords and cookies.

The HeartBleed bug has been touted as the most catastrophic security flaw in internet security since the information traffic begun flowing on the internet. Cyber security experts interviewed by a large number of news sources have resoundingly recommended changing of passwords and for users demanding high levels of privacy, to stay offline till changes are made to the code. These are drastic measures as in our increasingly hectic lives, such measures are time consuming and utterly impractical.

Online communities, like Reddit and 9gag, create memes and make fun of the lack of internet, comparing the lack of internet to scenes of Robin William’s character in Jumanji. Yet the threat to internet users is real, and one area where we tend to disregard it is when we use our mobile phones to connect to the web. The operating system most affected by this bug is Android, while Apple’s IOS and the Windows phones both declared unaffected by their respective developers. It has been estimated that 50 million Android users are susceptible to the bug.

Most mobile phone users do not realize that even if they do not actively surf the net using mobile browsers, the apps that are previously downloaded will actively access the internet. These apps have been affected by the HeartBleed Bug. Users of such compromised apps can lose critical information during in-app purchases, information-like credit card numbers or user names and passwords to website accounts. All it requires is for the hacker to exploit the coding, and 64 Kbits of information is downloaded from your website’s server per “HeartBeat”.

To protect your mobile devices from the bug, it is suggested, first, to download an app that scans each app for the heartbleed bug. When the scan is finished, you can change all your existing passwords. This would ensure that any information stolen previously is no longer valid. Apps are available that will scan for the heartbleed bug are Bluebox’s HeartBleed Scanner and Heartbleed Security Scanner by Lookout Mobile Security. The latter app has gained good reviews online but only seems to check for your Android OS vulnerability. Bluebox’s scanner is suggested, as it is able to scan each app on your phone. Upon discovering that your device is vulnerable to the bug, it is also strongly suggested to report it to Play Store for Android users. Emails to app developers are available in the play store listing and are the preferred ways of letting the developers know of their app’s vulnerabilities.

Merits of Cell Phone Tracking

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Smartphones today offer a diverse variety of features and have come to replace many other devices that are dedicated for their specific functions, such as cameras and calculators. Since the rise of their functionality and popularity, most people in developed countries are seen carrying smartphones, spending hours every day just staring at their screens, either texting someone, playing games or surfing the web.

When it comes to making proper use of the cell phone, however, it is observed that many people waste precious time on it in fruitless activities. From teenagers to mature adults, everyone loves to play games, watch movies, have fun on Facebook, visit random blogs, etc., even if it is during classes/work hours. Due to this reason, the individual’s productivity is compromised. A student will be less capable of working hard at studies if the smartphone continues to be a major distraction. Similarly, office employees can waste precious hours idling away on their phones, either texting someone or playing ‘Cut the Rope’.

Besides this, there are increasing incidents of cybercrimes since the development of cellular technology. Criminals may tempt innocent people, especially children, into revealing their personal information. At times, teenagers are lured into sharing their home addresses, or may foolishly upload this information onto their profiles for everyone else to see. They can later be blackmailed into revealing the bank account details of their parents, and can also be sent death threats if they inform anyone about the criminal. This causes children to withdraw from their social circles and family members, leading an insecure and depressed life, making the lives of their families miserable as well.

To solve these issues, mobile apps have been developed to allow the person in charge to track the cell phone activities of his/her subjects. Parents can keep tabs on their children to ensure their safety. As the spy app uploads the phone’s information to an online server, it can be accessed by simply logging in. The amazing thing is that the app will be invisible to the owner of the phone, the children in this case, and will secretly log and upload all the data so it can be accessed by the parents.

Reading their SMS can allow parents to feel safe that their children are not making friends with the wrong people, or being bullied or harassed by anyone. They can also track their GPS information and view on a map all the places that their children have visited. Certain areas can be highlighted and a notification will be e-mailed to the parents if their child enters those territories.

In an office environment, bosses can track the cell phone activities of their employees to ensure maximum productivity. GPS tracking can also allow them to make sure all workers abide by the office timings. Tracking their communications and keystrokes reveals their activity during work hours, and employees can be rebuked if they are found idling away when they should be concentrating on their ongoing assignments. Tracking communications also helps to make sure employees are not sharing the company’s secrets with foreign agents. Fraudsters can be working in your midst just to divulge your classified information to rival companies for money.

Due to these and many other benefits of tracking apps, they are becoming more and more popular and acceptable in domestic and business environments. One of such useful apps is mSpy, an advanced tracker that allows undertaking all the above-mentioned functions and even more.

Comparison of Apps – PhoneSheriff vs mSpy

index2 handsChildren and teenagers always want the newest things. The newest toys, the newest clothes and the newest technology, which is why smartphones are so highly popular among kids these days. They use their phone to text or call their friends, to browse the internet, or to play games. They want the newest models with the latest features and parents have no choice but to comply, and without proper cellphone education, the children misuse their phones and get lost in their phones, oblivious to the outside world. This also leads them to be victims of cyber-bullying and crimes as children are the most easily convinced and manipulated.

Thankfully, there is a way that parents can actually keep an eye on their children’s activities, and it’s through the use of ‘spy apps’. These apps help the parents know what their children are doing and when. There are a number of cross-platform spy apps available these days which make it difficult for parents to decide which one to buy. That is why we bring you the comparison the two best ones in this category: ‘PhoneSheriff’ and ‘mSpy’.

PhoneSheriff

PhoneSheriff is one of the best spy apps available on the market right now. It has a fairly simple and straightforward interface that is easy to use for everyone. It lets parents know what their child is up to. It provides all the information regarding text messages, phone calls, photos, browsing history, calendar events etc. to the parents so that they can be sure at all times what their child is doing.

Other than these basic features, the app comes with some further nifty elements as well. Certain unhealthy or unsafe websites can be blocked from the phone. It provides keyword recognition too, which lets you provide the phone with certain keywords which you feel are inappropriate, and the app will deny access to any website containing that keyword and will also report to you about the search. Another neat feature is the ability to set times in which the phone can be used. This lets you decide when to have your child do homework and when to let them play. This app even lets you know if someone tries to uninstall it from the phone. It also logs GPS location to an online server where parents can access the information.

The only downside of this app is that the customer service is not that great. It can be bought for $89.97.

mSpy

mSpy is another leading mobile monitoring app. It provides all the basic functions of logging calls and texts etc. online as well as the ability to record calls that are received by your child from a number that is predefined by you. It also runs in stealth mode so that the user doesn’t even realize its presence. This is ideal for parents that are concerned for the safety of their children, as well as for the people who want to keep an eye on their employees.

The downside of mSpy is that it can only run on a jail-broken phone. But it costs $99.99 while providing even more features than PhoneSheriff.

Keeping an eye on your child’s cellphone usage is important. Even teenagers become victims of cybercrimes, and may indulge in activities that they should stay away from. While both these apps have their strong suites, I think mSpy is a better option due to the simpler interface, wider availability and compatibility and those sneaky added features.

How to Select the Best Tracking Application?

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General Aspects

If you have decided on getting a tracking app, whether it is for business or personal use, the decision making process can be a huge mire of technical jargon, notwithstanding the bombardment of marketing gimmicks that come along with it. Having clear objectives that you can translate to what each app has is a prerequisite to getting the most suitable app for your purposes. This article hopes to assist you in making that all important decision on the question, “Which app should I get?”

A quick search on Google will yield a huge number of available apps. To make things easy and narrow down available apps to a list of reviewed popular ones, the following list is compiled for the reader’s consideration. This list consist of Flexispy, eBlaster Mobile, SpyBubble, SpyPhone Basic Internet, StealthGenie, MobiStealth, MyMobileWatchdog, MobileSpy, mSpy and, lastly, PhoneSheriff. This list of apps sets the precedence to determine the app that is most suitable for you.

Main Application Purpose

Having this list narrows down the options but it still leaves you with an uphill task in deciding your app. The next aspect you should look into is the exact purpose for the app. Businesses would find the email tracking capabilities of PhoneSheriff extremely useful. Personal uses such as keeping track of your phone or teenager would be better using the unobtrusive and more personalised app like MobileSpy. Most, if not all, apps would allow you to track text messages and phone calls, but outstanding apps like mSpy and PhoneSheriff allow monitoring of other functions like social media and 3G messaging. These are functions that are very useful for both business and personal uses. The function available with MobileSpy to see deleted videos and pictures taken by the user is great but it might not be what you are looking for in a business phone. However, pairing it with your teenager’s phone, compromising pictures and other socially unacceptable behaviour can be stopped or prevented.

Important! – GPS Function

The next area to consider is the remote location monitoring capability of the app. MobileSpy allows its users to use their computers to monitor the phone owner’s activities live. This is a very powerful feature as it gives you up to date and accurate information on the phone owner’s activities. If your teenager is out late at night and you are worried, this app can set your mind at ease. Situations that require your immediate knowledge of a person’s whereabouts, like a depressive and suicidal teen as well as employees carrying sensitive information, are things that you would consider for remote location monitoring.

What Is the Price Of Your Peace of Mind?

The last area to note is the cost of each app. Business users are able to fully use all the functions available in such an app and would be willing to pay more for premium apps like MobileSpy or PhoneSheriff. MobileSpy is going for $139.97 for a full year’s usage with the ‘Live panel’ add-on. Though a high price for an app that monitors people whom trust should not be too huge an issue, the results of unethical or unwise behaviour may even cost more to rectify. For home users, MyMobile Watchdog provides lesser features but at significantly lower prices. Thus, the choice is entirely yours.

Battle of the Mammoths

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Anyone who knows anything about cell phone tracking applications knows that the mSpy application and the SpyBubble software are at the absolute top of the market. Many employers and parents need this kind of technology in our current day and age in order to make sure that their employees and their children are doing what they are supposed to.
The purpose of this article is to discuss which software we think you should put your money towards.

What’s the Difference?

There are a couple of subtle differences between both companies and how they run their applications, but there is not too much between either spying software. Both companies offer:

• Text Message Monitoring
• Call Monitoring
• Location-based GPS
• Compatibility with a wide range of phones and tablets
• SMS checking
• Etc.

Pretty much any service that a parent or company could find useful is provided by both applications. At the end of the day, we believe that the difference for you should come down to price and customer service.
The major advantage that comes with SpyBubble is that you only have to pay one time. You can either purchase their simple $50 package, or you can pay a little bit more at $85 for a couple more small features. Meanwhile, you will be paying on a recurring basis for any mSpy product that you choose to purchase.
The mSpy product sells for 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, or 12 months at a time. To buy service for one month would cost you $40. With that said, the cost for the product goes down if you buy more than one month at a time. However, even if you buy for a year at a time, you are still going to pay $200 for the premium package (or $800 for the business package), which is quite a bit of money.
It is worth noting that mSpy will grant you a few more features with the premium package that SpyBubble is simply incapable of giving you for their cost. Most of these features are small things that you would never make use of, but they may be important if you are a business owner.
It is also generally a rule that the less you pay for a product, the fewer customers you are going to receive. If you feel that you are going to be okay on your own after the purchase, the SpyBubble technology is the clear choice. But if you are going to need a fair deal of help using the technology, it seems like mSpy is better suited to your needs.
All in all, we believe that the mSpy application is a little bit better for a family due to its one-time cost and simple features. Meanwhile, the SpyBubble technology is the boss of all spying apps that a business could use. It may be too expensive for a small business owner to afford, but a corporation could make a good deal more money by employing this kind of technology on a yearly basis!

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Mobile apps that monitor its user’s usage patterns are becoming something of a norm in today’s world of hyper connectivity. They range from the extremely creepy apps to that of definite practical usage. Possible usages of such tracking apps are diverse and it can range from parental control and lost phone tracking services to the monitoring of your employee phone activities. It can be disconcerting trying to work out the apps that are available as well as practical, not to mention legal. To help you with this, we have decided to compare two promising apps that will improve, without a doubt, your life.

The criteria for judging each app, over a score of 5 for each criterion, would be as follows; logging capabilities, security, cost of app and app accessibility. Logging capabilities would deal with the app’s capacity to monitor and track functions like calls, text messages and internet history. This would determine the viability of the app on delivering what you need. The security feature of the app is of concern due to the sensitive nature of the tracking program. This criterion of security is determined by the presence of encrypted data generation for all communications, ability to monitor remotely and perform administrative functions remotely.  Cost of app is a criterion imposed to determine the cheaper price between the two apps. Lastly, app accessibility will show the ease of download for the app and its availability in known distribution channels, like “Google Play”.

The first app reviewed is ‘PhoneSheriff’. This is a well rounded app that claims to be able to meet all, if not most, of your phone tracking needs. This app allows you to track the calls, text messages, internet websites visited, pictures and emails sent from the phone. Booked marked internet pages as well as calendar updates can be monitored. Deleting records and text messages will not affect the recording process. This would deliver a solid 5 for the app’s logging capabilities. Security wise, Phone Sheriff contains GPS tracking allowing you to find the lost or stolen phone any time. Privacy settings allow the phone to be locked remotely in the event of a misplaced phone, helping give a 5 for the app’s security function. The cost of the app is high, at $89.97 at selected websites. This would account for a lower grade of 3.5 for the ‘cost of app’ criterion.  As for the accessibility, the app is hassle free but is currently unavailable on “Google Play”. However, this program is supports all available OS, from Android to iOS and Symbian. We would rate this area as a 3, resulting in a total of 16.5 over 20.

In comparison, the app ‘WebWatcher Mobile’ is a suitable rival for ‘PhoneSheriff’. In terms of logging capabilities, this app is able to deliver the exact same services with the exception of letting the remote master user to view contacts specific to the phone as well as calendar updates. A score of 4.5 over 5 is suggested. For the privacy setting available, the app fares badly as it is only able to allow GPS tracking of the phone’s location but not any changes of ‘sim’ cards. This would mean that a stolen phone will be tougher to find, thus attaining a score of 3. This app is cheaper than the ‘PhoneSheriff’, at $67, but without the security functions in the app, it is not that much a better deal.  You can download this app over ‘Google Play’ making it easier to install and operate as compared to the ‘PhoneSheriff’. Only Android and Blackberry phones are able to run this app, dealing a score of 3 over 5. However, if you need or want a 24/7 phone call support, this app delivers and would be the app of choice.

Mobile Monitoring Applications Compared

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Whether you are a business owner or a frightened parent, there is a mobile monitoring app out there for you. Confused? Mobile monitoring apps really aren’t as ambiguous as they sound. If you are a business owner, this app will allow you to monitor company-distributed phones that were given to your employees to ensure that they are maintaining maximum output with their time.  If you are a parent, a mobile monitoring app will allow you to make sure that your kids aren’t getting into any trouble that you would want to protect them from.

The purpose of this article is to compare two of the most popular mobile apps of the kind on the market at the moment.  So, with no further ado, let’s check out what some of the options available on the market are.

mSpy Mobile Application

mSpy is one of the well-known cell-phone monitoring apps currently on the market.  It comes with quite a hefty price tag, but its features are well worth it for any business owner.  mSpy is really worth the amount of money spent on it because it allows a business owner to do almost anything that they can imagine with/to one of their employees’ phones.

A business owner can use mSpy to track all calls that are made, text messages that are coming in and going out; it can also restrict calls and texts for a certain time (unbeknownst to the employee) if there is a situation that demands it.  Also, mSpy comes with a GPS tracker that allows a business owner to know anywhere that an employee is at any given time (so long as their business cellular is on their person).

On top of all that, the battery usage that the app maintains is extremely low, so even your tech-savvy employees are unlikely to notice anything amiss.  In truth, the mSpy is probably the big boss of mobile monitoring applications, and it would be the best choice if you want complete control over what goes on inside, and outside, of your business.

 

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SpyBubble Application 

SpyBubble is similar to mSpy in its capabilities, but it is comparatively lacking in some realms.  The most important difference between SpyBubble and mSpy is that SpyBubble has been reported to have a terrible customer service.

It is capable of doing (almost) anything that the mSpy app can do, including call monitoring, text monitoring, and GPS locating, but it is far cheaper.  Cheap price can be a good and a bad thing.  For a small business owner, the $49.95/year price will help to lessen some of the burden that mSpy may have put on them ($40+/month).  However, as the old saying goes, “You get what you pay for.”  As such, don’t expect an incredible customer service team that is ready and willing to work with you.  Still, SpyBubble would be a very decent investment.

Bottom line

All in all, a business owner or a parent could not go terribly wrong in purchasing either of these products, and they work with all the recent models of decent cell phones.  However, if you are concerned about the prices or features of either of these products, feel free to check out their official sites and make up your own mind about what the best monitoring app may be for your business or home usage.

Protecting Your Mobile Phone from Thieves by Spyware

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Our mobile phones are becoming more hi-tech with every passing day. As a result, they are also becoming much more expensive. We think nothing of carrying around a cell phone worth a couple of hundred bucks and even less about the value of the information that is contained within them. It might include sensitive data like banking details or personal information which could result in identity theft. Our phones are now a far more attractive target for thieves than ever before. It is becoming increasingly more important for us to protect ourselves against mobile phone theft. Check out our tips to protect your phone and your personal data.

Make Note of Your Mobile Details

There are a number of details which can be used to identify your phone if it is recovered by the police after being lost or stolen. It is important that you make note of this information and keep it in a safe place. The information that you will need to record includes:

  • your mobile phone number
  • your phone’s make and model, including the color and any notable appearance details (scratches, decals etc)
  • the pin or security lock code for your phone
  • your phone’s IMEI number etc

These details are often printed inside the back cover of your phone. On some models, the information can be brought up on screen under the settings menu. You may even wish to go one step further and add some security marks to your phone. This can be easily done using an ultraviolet pen which is visible under UV light. You should mark both the handset and the battery with something to identify it as yours such as your address, name or even an alternate contact number. This means that not only can recovered stolen phones be identified, but if it is lost and handed into a police station, they may be able to get in touch with you.

Register Your Phone & Report the Theft

You should always register your cell phone with your network provider, especially if you are on a pay as you go plan. This means that if your phone is stolen, you can contact your provider and they can use your IMEI number to block your phone, thus, avoiding the chance of the thief running up a huge bill. The phone can also be locked so that even if the SIM is changed it will not work until unlocked by the network. It is worth bearing in mind that this may render the phone unusable if it is recovered. In addition to disabling the account, some providers can also disable your phone number completely. The loss or theft should also be reported to the police.

Install a Mobile Phone Spy App

Protect-your-Costly-Android-Symbian-Windows-Mobile-Phones-from-theft-and-misusing-Download-Free-F-secure-Anti-Theft2Although they are best known for monitoring calls and texts, mobile phone spy apps, like mSpy, Flexispy or MobileSpy, are also great as a way to protect your own phone thanks to some of their powerful features. GPS tracking means that you can actually pinpoint exactly where your phone is which could help the police to track it down! Another useful feature that the top phone spy apps have is the ability to send a remote command via SMS to either wipe or lock the phone. Since your spy app will have been sending copies of all of your activities to your online account, you also have a great back up of your data if you do need to wipe the phone.