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Smartphone Users Under Attack From Malware

While many smartphone users take extreme care to protect their computers from malware and viruses, the same can’t be said for their smartphones. Many users think of their phones as a mini computer, but still fail to take the proper precautions for protection. With the latest round of malware affecting Android smartphones, it’s plain to see that something needs to be done. Let’s take a closer look at the latest threats as well as how to protect your smartphone.

 The Latest Malware Scams

Two malware scams have recently came to the forefront and it seems the attacks are being targeted at Android smartphones. Named Loozfon and FinFisher, these threats can not only affect your phone, but may affect the phones of your contacts as well. The first piece of malware in question, Loozfon, uses the promise of online work from home jobs to lure smartphone users to the website, where the malware is loaded onto the phone. The malware then accesses the information of the user’s contacts and the user.

FinFisher is a bit different in that the spyware is installed onto the phone in order for the attacker to be able to remotely control the phone. The malware may be placed on the phone after visiting a certain website or the user may receive a text message with a link that leads to a supposedly important update. Of course, both of these scams are just two of the newest malware scams to affect smartphone users. There are many more out there waiting for the opportunity to infect your phone.

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Is Your Credit Card Data Safe?

Is your credit card data safe? Most people would like to think so but there is reason for concern. Technology has helped to create the contactless card that allows users to make payments from your Smartphones, without having to remove the card from your wallet.

However, technology has also made it possible to steal your data from these cards using a hacker app. Forbes reported on the demonstration that Researcher Eddie Lee stunned the crowd with at the Defcon hacker conference in Las Vegas, when he introduced the Hacker Demos Android App.
What Is the Hacker App and How Does It Work?
The Hacker Demos Android App is an Android software tool called the “NFCProxy”. This app has the ability to read and then play back the data it collects from a contactless credit card. Since the hacker is using a cell phone to retrieve this information, victims are none the wiser. In essence, it’s an RFID reader because it reads the embedded RFID chips in these cards without having to touch it or you.

With cell phones being so common and seen everywhere by all types of people, you wouldn’t be suspicious of someone messing around with one. On the same note, cashiers accepting the payments would have little reason to suspect the person paying with their phone of doing anything wrong.

After all, more people are using services like Google Wallet and cashiers never see or touch these cards. Therefore, they’re not required to ask for ID. But don’t get discourage, it takes someone with skills and patients to use the Hacker Demos Android App and there are ways that you can protect your credit card data from hackers.

How to Your Protect Your Credit Card Data
The first step in protecting your contactless credit card data is to know that there is a threat and that they can be hacked if someone is resourceful and determined enough. The second step is to understand how the Hacker Demos Android App works, so you can protect your information. The key is to block the signal and prevent the hacker from reading the RFID chip in your card. Continue reading Is Your Credit Card Data Safe?

Is Google in Your Wallet?

Everybody loves shopping, and everybody loves getting great deal on products that they buy. Today Google announced their latest product that will be coming this summer. Google’s latest venture is called Google Wallet, and it will be coming to an Android smartphone near you soon.

NFC Technology is the future

In 2009 MasterCard started deploying pay points around the country. Consumers who had MasterCards could simply tap their card on the device and their card would be billed, this eliminated the need to hand your card over to the retailer. Google has taken this technology to the next level and they have built this technology into their phones.

The Google Nexus S has an NFC chip built right into the device. Google Wallet is an app that users will be able to download to their phone, and then add their credit card information, and loyalty card information into the app, then you can then use the phone as a method of payment.

Easy and Convenient

The system is easy to use. The consumer will simply have to tap the pay point with their phone, the transaction will then be completed, and a receipt will display on your phone. If you do not have a CitiCard or a MasterCard, no problem. Included will be a Google card that you can add money to from any credit card.

Because you will be using a smartphone which will be connected to the internet, the phone will be able to look for offers and send them straight to your phone. It will look at your shopping habits and will send offers that will be of benefit to you. Retailers will also have signs up in their stores that you can put your phone on and the offer will be added to your wallet.

You will also be able to search Google.com for offers, and if there are coupons floating around for items you are searching for, Google will ask if you want to add the coupon to your virtual wallet so that you can save money at a later date. Google Wallet is going to revolutionize the way that consumers shop and spend money.

There are already 120,000 businesses in the U.S that offer NFC payment options to consumers and that number is set to expand rapidly. Subway, Macy’s, American Eagle, and many other retailers will be joining Google in their latest venture.

How safe will it be?

I am sure there will be many concerns surrounding security with services like this, especially as there have been breaches in the security of well known services lately including Android, and Sony. Google assures us that security is tight, and that not only will there be security features built right into the phone, but that there will be multiple layers of security built into the Google Wallet app.

Google will issue each user of Google Wallet a pin number that will be needed to log into the app. That pin number can be used in conjunction with passwords that the user can set for each card in the virtual wallet. All of this security on top of the security that is already embedded into the phone like passwords to unlock the device, will help keep all of your personal data safe and secure. Of course though, we have been told this many times before about various products, lets just hope that this time Google is telling the truth.
The technology is here now, and the retail world is quickly building an infrastructure that will support NFC payments. Google has said that over half of all the smartphones that will be sold next year will have an NFC chip in them so that they can utilize Google Wallet. Google Wallet is scheduled to go live this summer.

This guest post is by Brett Day ,  from Moore, Oklahoma. He is a featured contributor for Associated Content in Technology. He has a huge interest in the world of technology, home theater, and video games. Brett loves writing and sharing his knowledge on all of these subjects