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Mobile Innovation: Hack Threats

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    Many of us are fond of installing new Apps shown in our PlayStore but how can we know if the specific App we installed is a safe one. I've read an alarming news about how hackers attack and it is alarming. In every innovation that we are experiencing nowadays might give a chance to a hacker to attack. Like for example, if we install an App not knowing there is a hacker behind that specific App, we allow them to keep track on us leaving us unaware. This serve as a warning to all of us, not to trust any site or App. This only shows that not all good things can give us pleasure, fun and ease but sometimes it could cause danger. So if possible, we should be aware of what is going on.

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    http://phys.org/news/2015-08-hacks-heart-mobile.html

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    Very true, hackers are smart enough to find vulnerabilities anywhere. I think we should be cautious mainly when we download freeware files. There can be a hacker, spyware, malware or virus hidden behind that. I would further recommend to only download files directly from the publisher's sites. Try to avoid a middleman to download file.

    I think as technology improves, people are becoming careless on these aspects and that is why net based frauds are on the rise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webworld View Post
    I think as technology improves, people are becoming careless on these aspects and that is why net based frauds are on the rise.
    This is because, most people are unaware of such doings. And because of tempting innovations that are currently published, they don't think of the possibilities that they might face. They also just jive along with what's new and don't consider their safety. Awareness is really important in using the net and if your not, its so hard to blame someone you dont know, not unless you can track those cyber criminals, but I doubt its possible because they are smarter than we thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rubie View Post
    This is because, most people are unaware of such doings. And because of tempting innovations that are currently published, they don't think of the possibilities that they might face. They also just jive along with what's new and don't consider their safety. Awareness is really important in using the net and if your not, its so hard to blame someone you dont know, not unless you can track those cyber criminals, but I doubt its possible because they are smarter than we thought.
    Yes, you are absolutely right that ignorance plays a major role in such disasters. These hackers know well how to tempt a user to download a particular application and most of them would be free offers which the user cannot deny. But I think we are not safe anywhere on net and anything that can be accessed can be hacked too. But we can apply some precautions to minimize the risks and we cannot avoid it 100%. Downloading a particular app is within our control and we need to use it judiciously.

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    I'm not sure if you'd call it ignorance, I'd say it was more carelessness.

    With the increase in modern technology, you can't get away from hearing about how online security is important, but I think it gets to the point were you think if something hasn't happened up to now, then it probably never will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pwarbi View Post
    I'm not sure if you'd call it ignorance, I'd say it was more carelessness.

    With the increase in modern technology, you can't get away from hearing about how online security is important, but I think it gets to the point were you think if something hasn't happened up to now, then it probably never will.
    Yes it would be more proper to term it as carelessness. In such case ignorance is not an excuse because the ultimate loser will the user itself.

    I think these days downloading applications is becoming a status symbol and people boast of having more features in their phone. But they never know the potential danger in downloading and running such applications and the hacker hidden behind. I also read somewhere that if you experience abnormal delay or heating of your device a possibility of hacking cannot be ruled out.

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    That's also probably the one area were the Apple store is better than the Google one. The Google store and the Android OS is open world as in anybody and everybody can make an app and list it on the Google store, without it being properly tested.

    With Apple they're a lot stricter and only certain developers are allowed to access their OS to develop apps, and only a select few are allowed to place them on the Apple store for download.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pwarbi View Post
    With Apple they're a lot stricter and only certain developers are allowed to access their OS to develop apps, and only a select few are allowed to place them on the Apple store for download.
    In terms of securing a mobile device, there's no doubt Apple do better than Samsung. But because there's always a limitation with regards to perfection, Apple also faces threats on breaking their strong built protection.

    I have read about Jailbreak and its attempt to remove hardware restictions set by iOS, operating system used by Apple. Unlike Samsung hackers, who are commonly unknown and hack mysteriously, Jailbreaking is somewhat open to the public and even accepted and legal in the US. The name "Jailbreak" refers to breaking the device out of its jail. Jailbreak is following every releases made by Apple. Every iOS version has a corresponding Jailbreaker.

    Apple faces two different war, a competitve one with Samsung and the fight for security with Jailbreak, who do you think will beat the strong foundation of Apple?

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    I've never really understood the need to jailbreak an Apple device. All it means is that your making it not Apple restrictive, and you are then allowed to download apps and music that aren't approved by Apple. It does void your warranty though so if anything goes wrong your left with a very expensive paperweight.

    If people want a device that they can download anything to, why don't they just go for an Android handset in the first place?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pwarbi View Post
    I've never really understood the need to jailbreak an Apple device. All it means is that your making it not Apple restrictive, and you are then allowed to download apps and music that aren't approved by Apple. It does void your warranty though so if anything goes wrong your left with a very expensive paperweight.

    If people want a device that they can download anything to, why don't they just go for an Android handset in the first place?
    I just don't know what to say exactly because I am not an Apple user. Maybe they really prefer Apple than Android for some reasons and they seem to feel like a prisoner that they want to explore the outside world with no limitations. Apple is quite a big name in mobile market place and that is because of the good feedback they're receiving.

    As a rivalry arises in mobile world, Android and Apple are the best buddies in the terms of competition. The main difference among the two is the security. In Android, there's less security but no limitation on App installation while in Apple, strong security measure is implemented but limited App installation. I just don't understand why people questioned Android for often vulnerability because of its openness, and breaking Apple's defenses for its protection. Quite confusing.

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    Yes, I agree with you on the point that the important plus point that Apple enjoys is in terms of security. There have been various news of Android being subject to various threats in recent past. I think this is mainly because Android is more popular and widely used in the market. Apple is limited only to a special category who are ready to spend huge money for a mobile handset as a status symbol.

    But now I think the game will change when the new Android version is launched. It is heard that Google has given a lot of importance to security in their new Android Marshmallow. They are also going to implement fingerprint scanning for almost all transaction. I think that would be quite handy for the users and at the same boost the security too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webworld View Post
    Yes, I agree with you on the point that the important plus point that Apple enjoys is in terms of security. There have been various news of Android being subject to various threats in recent past. I think this is mainly because Android is more popular and widely used in the market. Apple is limited only to a special category who are ready to spend huge money for a mobile handset as a status symbol.

    But now I think the game will change when the new Android version is launched. It is heard that Google has given a lot of importance to security in their new Android Marshmallow. They are also going to implement fingerprint scanning for almost all transaction. I think that would be quite handy for the users and at the same boost the security too.
    I've heard about the upcoming release of Android 6.0 Marshmallow and the useful changes they've made. This version mainly focuses on the security improvement that will probably the key to lead ahead Apple (fingers crossed). Since, the only issue their rivalry emphasizes is about security measures to protect the device, nevertheless, Android will surely make it to the top. But, let's wait until its official and that's when Android M is release.

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    Google have concentrated a lot more on the security aspect of android this time I think so that should go a long way to easing people's fears.

    As I said before though people can't have it both ways, and they can't expect to be able to download anything and everything they want and at the same time have a 100% safe platform.

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    You are true, the mindset of people needs to be changed. We have a tendency to go for anything and everything that is free even if it is not required. Mark Cooper, who invented the first cellphone, in a recent press conference told that people choose most of today's applications for convenience than necessity. People should be educated that all that glitters is not gold.

    Moreover, these days Android is becoming the target of most of the hackers because of its huge popularity and usage. I really hope that the new version with more focus on security can do something in this.

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    I don't download an app if the reviews it gets sounds so fake and manufactured. I am not dumb enough to not know the difference between fake reviews and genuine reviews. By far I haven't downloaded an app that gave me problems aside from Master Cleaner which I already uninstalled because of the damage it caused to my games. I don't really think I will be victimized by hackers because I don't download 3rd part apps and pirated apps. It is easier for me to determine which apps in Google play is dangerous. The reviews have to sound authentic whether its positive or negative. Generic comments like "this app rocks" or "this app sucks" cannot be trusted. Those are the apps I may consider as vulnerable. I also don't like ads with apps that force installs their selves.

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    There is many apps out there that can stop hackers on android. Many of these apps are found on the play store and are free to download.

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