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Mass breaking of Instagram accounts: a short guide, how to protect yourself

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The world got access to 6 million Instagram accounts via database of hacked profiles.
There were found lots of celebrities’ data and this fact have already caused a number of public people notable harm. Everyone could use the database at a price of $ 10 for 1 search, even receiving e-mail and phone numbers. Despite the statements of Instagram about a small number of hacked users, in reality the situation has covered millions of
accounts. Continue reading

UK doctors share the results of medical examinations via social networks and messengers: is it a good trend or bad?

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Sociological researches show that the majority of doctors in UK consider it normal to transfer for example, X-rays shoots and other personal medical data research through online social resources of general use: WhatsApp, Snapchat, Facebook etc.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/04/nhs-doctors-use-snapchatto-send-patients-scans-report-says/

Lets see, this trend makes sense or rather carries a danger? At first glance, everything looks logical and natural. Social networks have had a tremendous impact on people`s lives in recent years and even more than 1 billion users use some popular ones already. And if all or nearly all people use a communication tool or other thing in everyday life, they will seek and find ways to adapt it to all aspects of activities, especially their work.

Indeed, the use of ultra-popular WhatsApp and Snapchat looks painfully logical. The doctor sends an X-ray to the patient, supporting the results of the research. The patient does not need to go to the hospital to get data and know what he needs to do next. Now he has all the necessary data to continue the treatment is right, in his phone. This is an especially convenient procedure for a man with a broken leg, isn’t it?

On an even larger scale (and even less obvious), this also applies to sending scans of research between doctors. The technological revolution decisively destroyed (or made reserve) the cumbersome concept of paper data storage, which occupies whole rooms in hospitals.

It seems we see another brick in the foundation of practicality and resources economy which are typical trends of our times. That is, such trends should exist and develop? Not so simple.]

First of all, all the social networks are vulnerable. Observations of hacking activity have shown that it is quite easy to access data here. Even completely anonymous in its concept Snapchat does not remove the self-destructing content completely, leaving “secret” photos programmatically on its servers in a mode hidden from all.
But even simple parental control app allow you to extract the necessary information from there. Only such programs are easy to use and widely distributed. Using them, you can access to the full mailing of everyone you like. Perhaps, the attacker will need to join the information field of a living goal. But today it is quite easy to do this when people have endless lists of “friends”. “Who is 50% of them at all?”

On the one hand, it is incorrect to blame doctors for sending scans in social networks. They make their lives easier, and their work is more productive. In fact, the probability that the personal data of some patient will be needed by someone is extremely low. If the patient`s importance is indicated in advance or if there is a danger of leakage, the questions can be solved initially privately. (This most will do in some cases outlined by importance, in the old fashioned way, “face to face”.)

But the fact remains that using social networks and messengers in the work of medical sphere workers though minimally, but makes the real threat to user’s personal data. What is the solution to the problem? No matter how anxious it may sound, it is better to postpone the use of social networks until better times, so as not to violate the Hippocratic Oath.

Today’s used alternative solution for medical correspondence is a special medical data exchange systems, which often run individually for institutions. But they are also vulnerable in networks connected with the Internet. Attackers can use tools to get influence on users of these networks (doctors) to invoke destructive actions from them invisibly and stole the private data.
In this case, there are two important actions for introduction in medical institutions:

  • Hygiene of users (technological education);
  • Improvement of internal security systems technically.

However, the audit of a number of hospital systems shows that there are not so many vulnerabilities and access points in them. And this means that the problem is not absolute. But it is necessary to continue work with it, because the attackers do not doze off and become more dangerous day by day. Someday doctors will have a 100% safe information field.

Learn all about Sarahah: Should parents be afraid of a popular app and how to control it?

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So, you just (or long time ago) figured out the vectors of the information field in which your children spent the free time. Instagram, Snapchat and other modern social fun stuff: you know what that is and what is dangerous there.
But you are still not as progressive as you would like, right? And it turns out that teenagers are massively going crazy for a new social app called Sarahah. And this application already came out on the number 1 in the top of the most popular applications for iPhone.
Again the moment is missed! And now it is necessary to understand as fast as possible, what kind of beast is it and how can it bite your family, but you have already spent all your strength and knowledge on this stupid Snapchat. Continue reading

Best Apps to Control your Android Phone Battery

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Android devices are known for using excessive amount of battery because of their big screens and the platform itself. However, there are hundreds of battery management and battery saving apps available on Google Play Store. Here is a list of some most popular battery management apps available for Android devices. Continue reading

Best Choice for Android Mobile Security

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We all know Google’s Android is mainly known for its customization and personalization capabilities however this particular platform does not have a good reputation when it comes to security and malware protection. There are many examples when even legitimate apps on Google Play Store were infected with viruses and malware. Not to mention everything we download from the internet and all apps and games downloaded from unofficial sources are potential threats.
Let’s talk about some popular Android security apps that can help you protect your personal information, data and device. Continue reading

Best Keylogger for Windows – Advanced PC Monitoring in One App

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Most people would agree that advancements in technology have made our lives generally easier in a lot of ways. The internet has been a vital invention in allowing much of modern communication. At the press of a few buttons on a pc, one can send a message to their loved ones on the other side of the globe and almost instantly get a response. A little work can let you access millions of sources for whatever data you might need to collect. Continue reading

Find Your Lost Android Phone with Device Manager

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If you have recently purchased an Android device then make sure you install anti-theft app on it. Such apps allow users to find their lost or stolen devices remotely with the help of GPS feature of the device. But of course you have to install and enable such app or feature so you can track it down when needed. It’s a prevention technique rather than a solution so do it beforehand. Continue reading

How to Choose the Best iPhone Spy App

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If you are a parent who has just gotten your young child or teenager an iPhone, you would have thought about the dangers giving them a device that allows them to access the internet privately. Rest assured that there are many apps that offer the service of tracking an iphone. The many apps out in the market that allow you to tack an iPhone, give you an option to monitor your children’s actions and internet usage history. These are very powerful tools a concerned parent can use to ensure that their child is not accessing damaging websites for content like gambling, pornography and radical hate groups. A parental control app is something that provides such services and is packaged a lot nicely as compared to what many would consider spy apps, a name with a severe negative connotation. Continue reading

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. Continue reading