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Top Ten Cyber Security Predictions

1. The Internet of Things

The First Major Attack on IoT Devices​ 2016 was the breakout year for attacks on IoT devices. In October, the first massive cyber attack involving IoT devices, such as​ ​webcams and DVRs, occurred. The ​Mirai Botnet was unleashed, and it took down half the Internet in the United States ​for hours. Using what is called a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, cybercriminals flooded one of the largest server companies in the world with massive amounts of traffic, bringing down the servers and websites hosted on them. It was discovered that tens of millions of computers were sending data to targeted websites, simultaneously. Shortly after the U.S. attack, the same botnet attacked Germany, disrupting services for over 900,000 Internet subscribers.

​This particular strain of malware is not going away anytime soon. The malware itself is believed to be widely distributed on the black market, and hackers are offering established botnet armies for hire. The big surprise for users involved in this attack was realizing that connected devices have default usernames and passwords.

Because of this fact, the attackers targeted certain devices that for which they had obtained the default usernames and passwords.This threat is likely to continue given the increasing popularity of connected devices, but there are ways you can protect yourself. IoT devices, no matter how small they seem, are computers too! Do some research on your device to see if it has a default password. If it does, the manufacturer’s website should have instructions on how to change it.

A new security solution for IoT vulnerabilities​

Over the past year, here at Norton, we’ve been keeping a close eye on the Internet of things threat landscape. As a result, we’re proud to announce the brand new Norton Core router.

Unlike conventional routers, Norton Core was built to secure and protect connected homes. To provide strong wireless coverage, Norton Core has a unique antenna array inside a geodesic dome of interlocking faces, inspired by defense and weather radars deployed in the extreme reaches of the globe. Norton Core’s unique mathematical design encourages users to place it out in the open, as part of their home décor, providing a strong, unobstructed Wi-Fi signal.

IoT Ransomware

In addition to the Mirai Botnet targeting IoT devices, we also saw a new ransomware threat that affected smart TVs. FLocker (short for “Frantic Locker”) ransomware was capable of locking up an Android-based television. This particular ransomware strain is not new, as it has been posing a threat to Android smartphones since May of 2015. However, this particular strain made the jump to smart TVs running android OS in 2016. Luckily, this variant of malware does not encrypt files on the infected television. However, it does lock the screen, preventing the user from watching TV.

The continued targeting of smart devices by cybercriminals is our top threat prediction for 2017. With all these new attacks starting to ramp up in late 2016, we can only expect to see more of attacks on these devices in 2017.

2. The Apple Threat Landscape

The Apple threat landscape was extremely busy in 2016. We reported on seven major stories in 2016. In 2015, we saw quite a few proof of concepts, but 2016 brought more threats out into the wild. These are the same threats that are affecting Windows and Android devices.

Fake Apps Do Exist for iPhones

Cybercriminals sneaked fake shopping apps into the app store right before the holiday season. While Apple has a rigorous vetting process for their apps, these scammers got tricky and updated the apps with malware after Apple approved them for the App Store.

Spyware Is Everywhere

In addition to fake apps, 2016 saw the first targeted spyware released in the wild for iOS. Researchers discovered that a highly sophisticated cyber espionage group deployed a very rare, advanced form of spyware, which can break an iPhone wide open. The spyware, known as Pegasus, is distributed by sending a link to a malicious website via text message. The good news: Apple has already pushed out the update to the vulnerability.

iOS Bugs Are Ramping Up

Also on the iOS platform, there were three major vulnerabilities to keep an eye on. Researchers discovered a way to break the encryption used by iMessage that could allow attackers to access and steal attachments such as images, videos and documents that are being shared securely with contacts.

The second vulnerability discovered involves the handling of PDF documents. An attacker could send you a booby-trapped PDF that would then cause malicious code to run on your iPhone.

The third involves the fix of a three-year old cookie theft bug. Cookies are small files that contain various types of data that remember a user, and are placed on your computer or mobile device by websites you visit. This flaw can allow hackers to impersonate users and steal sensitive information by creating a malicious public Wi-Fi network. The hackers then wait for a compromised user to join the network and redirect them to a malicious website designed to steal user credentials. From there, the hacker would be able to open the embedded browser screen you would see when joining a public Wi-Fi network, load content into a user’s phone and execute it without them knowing.

Mac Ransomware–It’s Happening!

In March of 2016 Apple customers were the targets of the first Mac-focused ransomware campaign executed by cybercriminals. In this instance, it was the first time that cybercriminals used malware to execute real-life attacks.

In this particular case, users were downloading a program called “Transmission for BitTorrent,” which is used for peer-to-peer file sharing. Users downloaded a “bad” version of the installer for the software, which contained a malicious Trojan horse, known as OSX.Keranger. A Trojan horse is malicious software that can wreak havoc with data in many ways–such as the deletion, modification, copying, and stealing of data–as well as implant ransomware on the device. Like most ransomware, will encrypt a user’s files and demand a fee to release them.

Not Just Macs and iPhones Anymore

2016 also brought the first major issue to Apple’s AirPort routers. Apple discovered vulnerabilities in the firmware of AirPorts that could allow attackers to execute commands on the affected devices and infiltrate home networks. If your AirPort is flashing yellow, go update your firmware now!

This just goes to show that Apple products do need security software, now more than ever. You can protect your Mac against these threats and more with Norton Security Premium.

3. Man in the Middle Attacks

2016 was also a big year for Man-in-the-Middle (MitM) attacks. An MitM attack employs the use of an unsecured or poorly secured, usually public, Wi-Fi router. The hacker scans the router using special code looking for certain weaknesses such as default or poor password use. Once a vulnerability is discovered, the attacker will then insert themself in between the users’ computer and the websites the user visits to intercept the messages being transmitted between the two.

A lot of these attacks take place on public Wi-Fi hotspots. Since most of these networks are unsecured, it’s easy pickings for cybercriminals. In addition to unsecured hotspots, hackers will also set up legitimate-looking Wi-Fi networks in order to lure unsuspecting users to connect and give them full access to their device.

Norton WiFi Privacy is a VPN that encrypts all the information sent and received by your mobile device while you’re on public Wi-Fi, making your public connection private. Download Norton WiFi Privacy now.

4. Android, Android, Android!

In 2016, we reported on six major Android events. The top three threats we saw involved fake apps, botnets, and, of course, ransomware.

Bad Apps

Hundreds of malicious applications showed up on the Google Play store in October, disguised as legitimate applications. These malicious apps were carrying malware known as Dresscode. Dresscode is designed to infiltrate networks and steal data. It can also add infected devices to botnets, which carry out denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks as well as take part in spam email campaigns.

Android Botnets

Android smartphone users should be aware of a dangerous new type of malware that spreads via spam SMS or MMS messages.  The Mazar BOT, as it is called, tricks the Android user into providing administrative access to the infected Android phone and can then erase any stored data. Although security research experts believe this malware has several hidden capabilities that are still being discovered, they know this malware will turn your smartphone into part of a hacker botnet web.

Mobile Ransomware

In 2016 there was a lot of mobile ransomware rampant on the threat landscape. Most notably, there were two that left devices completely vulnerable.

One variant of Android ransomware uses what is called “clickjacking” tactics to try and trick users into giving the malware device administrator rights. Clickjacking occurs when attackers conceal hyperlinks beneath legitimate content, tricking the user into performing actions of which they are unaware. Users stumble upon these illegitimate links, assuming that when they fill out a field, click on a link, or type in their passwords they’re gaining access to what they see in front of them.

Android.Lockdroid was spotted on March 11, 2016, and disguised itself as a system update. What’s different about this particular strain is that once the ransomware detects that it’s installed on a device in a certain country, it displays the ransom message in that country’s language. This is the first type of “chameleon” ransomware we’ve spotted. In general, Android.Lockdroid needs to be manually downloaded by the user from adult sites to infect devices. It could also automatically arrive on the device when the user clicks on advertising links, which is known as malvertising, a form of malicious advertising.

Taking advantage of quality security software such as Norton Mobile Security, (link is external) is an important measure that protects your device from malicious apps. With Norton Mobile Security, you can use our app advisor to scan for “bad apps” before downloading them to your phone. Norton App Advisor is a special feature included with Norton Mobile Security. It warns of privacy risks, intrusive behavior of apps, excessive battery drainage and data plan usage. It also features call and SMS blocking, anti-theft, contacts backup and protects your mobile phone from malware.

5. Malicious Sites, Drive-by-Downloads and Malvertising

Malvertising is a combined term for malicious advertising, and uses legitimate online advertising services to spread malware. Malvertising requires placing malware-infected advertisements on regular Web pages through authentic online advertising networks in order to infect a device through the Web browser. Malvertising can affect ANY device–PC, Mac, Android, etc.

In March of 2016 several mainstream websites fell victim to a massive malvertising campaign. The tainted ads in these websites directed thousands of unsuspecting users to a landing page hosting the notorious Angler Exploit Kit, a kit that stealthily installs crypto-ransomware.

Malicious Websites and Drive-by-Downloads

A drive-by-download is a download that occurs when a user visits a malicious website that is hosting an exploit kit. There is no interaction needed on the user’s part other than visiting the infected webpage. The exploit kit will look for a vulnerability in the software of the browser and inject malware via the security hole. Symantec identified thousands of websites in 2016 that had been compromised with malicious code. Of the compromised websites, 75 percent were located in the U.S.

Defensive software such as Norton Security will prevent known drive-by downloads and warn you when you try to visit a malicious website.

If you are unsure about the credibility of a website you can also use Norton Safe Web, a free online tool, that can help identify risky websites as you browse the Web.

6. Social Media Scams

In 2016, Facebook reported that it had 1.71 billion monthly active Facebook users. Twitter has 313 million monthly active users. With so many active users, popular social sites are a scammer’s paradise. The motives are the same: scammers try to exploit these stories for any kind of financial gain possible.

Scammers will try to entice you into clicking by posting sensational or emotional breaking news stories, sometimes capitalizing on a recent news event, or making up a fake, shocking news story. When you click on the link, you get a notification that you need to download a plug-in in order to view the video. Click on it and you could be downloading spyware that will stay on your device and collect personal information that could be used for identity theft. Remember to delete emails from unknown senders and don’t download unknown plug-ins.

7. Tax Scams and Identity Theft

It’s important to realize that tax documents contain a plethora of personally identifiable information about people, such as wage information, Social Security numbers, home addresses and place of employment. Once these documents are obtained, the criminals would have everything they need to perform tax refund fraud; effectively stealing tax refunds owed to others. Because these documents contain a plethora of information, they can help the scammers commit identity fraud In addition to tax refund fraud.

Examples of phishing emails to be on the lookout for:

  • Fake IRS and TurboTax emails claiming the recipient’s tax refund is restricted or their account has been locked
  • Fake IRS-branded emails asking the recipient to update their tax filing information
  • Fake email claims saying a tax payment was deducted and includes a “receipt”
  • Fake email from the IRS seeking proof of identity documents because “You are eligible to receive a refund”
  • W2 phishing emails targeting employees

Existing Trends Coming Back for More

8. Ransomware:

Ransomware is here to stay. The first known case of ransomware popped up in 2013, and hackers have latched on to this tactic, refining it over the years. In 2016 we reported on eight major ransomware campaigns, which affected everything: Macs, Windows computers, Android platforms and more.

This year, we saw some notably new forms of ransomware, which just goes to show that cybercriminals are trying to “up their game” in extorting money from you.

The most unique form of ransomware we saw was the Jigsaw ransomware. This is not your average ransomware. Like other ransomware, Jigsaw will encrypt your files and demand a ransom in order to retrieve your files; however, it also comes with a countdown timer. During the first 24 hours it will start deleting a few files every hour. On the second day, the ransomware will delete hundreds of files, on the third day it will delete thousands–until the ransom is paid. Additionally, if you try to tamper with the ransomware or even restart your computer, it will delete 1,000 files as a “punishment.

”Whatever happens in ANY case of ransomware, do NOT pay the ransom, and be sure to keep regular backups to help protect your data in case you become a victim of ransomware.

Need backup? Norton Security Premium offers you an easy way to help defend against ransomware as well as a convenient backup solution.

9. Software Vulnerabilities and Software Updates:

Major software vulnerabilities continued to be a huge problem in 2016. Attackers heavily rely upon these vulnerabilities, as it is the easiest way to sneak malware into a user’s device unnoticed, with little action on the user’s part.

We reported on six major vulnerabilities in 2016- including an Adobe patch for 25 flaws, as well as quite a few other emergency patches from them as well.

The best way to combat against these attacks is to perform any and all software updates as soon as they are available. Software updates will patch those security holes attackers exploit, add new features and improve bug fixes.

10. 2016 Was a Banner Year for Mega Data Breaches

​Unfortunately, data breaches are almost as common as malware outbreaks. In 2016 there were eight mega-breaches involving major companies. Most recently, in December, over 1 million Google accounts were breached via malicious Android apps. This attack was particularly nasty because the only way to completely remove this malware from an infected device is to do a clean installation of the operating system. This is a complicated process, but mobile carriers can perform the installation for users.

However, topping the list for the most accounts breached was Yahoo, with a whopping total of 1.5 billion users. Yahoo announced this year that they had been the victim of two separate cyber attacks that occurred in 2014. The first breach that was announced stole information associated with 500 million accounts. The second breach, which is now the largest data breach in history, stole information from one billion accounts.

The second largest data breach of 2016 was from FriendFinder Networks Inc., which involved a breach of over 400 million accounts. 117 million LinkedIn user credentials were also snagged in 2016, and Dropbox verified that 68 million credentials were also stolen last year.

Big data is big money for attackers, so they set their sights on companies that tend to hold large amounts of personally identifiable data on their customers, such as Social Security numbers, birthdates, home addresses and even medical records. It’s easy for a cybercrime victim to report credit card fraud and just get a new number. When it comes to a Social Security number, though, you are bound to it for life. And Social Security numbers open the door to all sorts of identity theft.

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‘Tis the season for stopping robocalls


Nothing puts a damper on the holidays like unwanted calls interrupting your day.

Maybe you’ve gotten one — you answer the phone and hear a recorded message instead of a live person. Internet-powered phone systems have made it cheap and easy for scammers to make illegal sales robocalls from anywhere in the world.

Fortunately, you have some options to block robocalls and other unwanted calls. Some are free and others cost money.

  • Check with your carrier about call-blocking services. Many carriers now offer services that block unwanted calls for wireless phones and for some types of home phones, too.
  • Try a call-blocking app. These apps use blacklists to weed out or flag unwanted calls and give you options about how to handle the calls — ringing through with a warning, going straight to voicemail, or blocking the call altogether. Many apps also let you flag additional numbers that should have been blocked, which helps improve the app. Some apps even use complaints to the FTC as a source of information.
  • Use features built into your mobile phone. These features can let consumers block specific contacts, identify unwanted incoming calls for future blocking, and set “do not disturb” hours.
  • Consider a call-blocking device for your home phone. Devices can be installed directly on a home phone.

During the last few years, the FTC has stopped billions of robocalls that offer everything from fraudulent credit card services to so-called auto warranty protection. We recently announced a case against a company offering allegedly bogus credit card interest rate reduction services.

If you get a robocall, hang up the phone. Don’t press 1 to speak to a live operator and don’t press any other number to get your number off the list. If you respond by pressing any number, it could lead to more robocalls.

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Top 10 Tips To Stay Safe Online


With hacks, scams, malware and more, the Internet can feel like a dangerous place these days. And, the recent proliferation of devices, from smartphones and tablets to Internet-connected appliances, has opened us up to even greater risks.

But the good news is that by taking just a small handful of security measures we can greatly reduce our exposure to all these threats.

Here are some tips to help you get started:

1. Create Complex Passwords. We know you’ve heard it before, but creating strong, unique passwords for all your critical accounts really is the best way to keep your personal and financial information safe. This is especially true in the era of widespread corporate hacks, where one database breach can reveal tens of thousands of user passwords. If you reuse your passwords, a hacker can take the leaked data from one attack and use it to login to your other accounts. Our best advice: use a password manager to help you store and create strong passwords for all of your accounts.

Then, check to see if your online accounts offer multi-factor authentication. This is when multiple pieces of information are required to verify your identity. So, to log into an account you may need to enter a code that is sent to your phone, as well as your password and passphrase.

2. Boost Your Network Security. Now that your logins are safer, make sure that your connections are secure. When at home or work, you probably use a password-protected router that encrypts your data. But, when you’re on the road, you might be tempted to use free, public Wi-Fi.The problem with public Wi-Fi is that it is often unsecured. This means it’s relatively easy for a hacker to access your device or information. That’s why you should consider investing in a Virtual Private Network (VPN). A VPN is a piece of software that creates a secure connection over the internet, so you can safely connect from anywhere.

3. Use a Firewall. Even if your network is secure, you should still use a firewall. This an electronic barrier that blocks unauthorized access to your computers and devices, and is often included with comprehensive security software. Using a firewall ensures that all of the devices connected to your network are secured, including Internet of Things (IoT) devices like smart thermostats and webcams. This is important since many IoT devices aren’t equipped with security measures, giving hackers a vulnerable point of entry to your entire network.

4. Click Smart. Now that you’ve put smart tech measures into place, make sure that you don’t invite danger with careless clicking. Many of today’s online threats are based on phishing or social engineering. This is when you are tricked into revealing personal or sensitive information for fraudulent purposes. Spam emails, phony “free” offers, click bait, online quizzes and more all use these tactics to entice you to click on dangerous links or give up your personal information. Always be wary of offers that sound too good to be true, or ask for too much information.

5. Be a Selective Sharer. These days, there are a lot of opportunities to share our personal information online. Just be cautious about what you share, particularly when it comes to your identity information. This can potentially be used to impersonate you, or guess your passwords and logins.

6. Protect Your Mobile Life. Our mobile devices can be just as vulnerable to online threats as our laptops. In fact, mobile devices face new risks, such as risky apps and dangerous links sent by text message. Be careful where you click, don’t respond to messages from strangers, and only download apps from official app stores after reading other users’ reviews first. Make sure that your security software is enabled on your mobile, just like your computers and other devices.

7. Practice Safe Surfing & Shopping. When shopping online, or visiting websites for online banking or other sensitive transactions, always make sure that the site’s address starts with “https”, instead of just “http”, and has a padlock icon in the URL field. This indicates that the website is secure and uses encryption to scramble your data so it can’t be intercepted by others. Also, be on the lookout for websites that have misspellings or bad grammar in their addresses. They could be copycats of legitimate websites. Use a safe search tool such as McAfee SiteAdvisor to steer clear of risky sites.

8. Keep up to date. Keep all your software updated so you have the latest security patches. Turn on automatic updates so you don’t have to think about it, and make sure that your security software is set to run regular scans.

9. Lookout for the latest scams. Online threats are evolving all the time, so make sure you know what to look out for. Currently, ransomwareis on the rise. This is when a hacker threatens to lock you out of all of your files unless you agree to pay a ransom. Stay on top of this and other threats by staying informed.

10. Keep your guard up. Always be cautious about what you do online, which sites you visit, and what you share. Use comprehensive security software, and make sure to backup your data on a regular basis in case something goes wrong. By taking preventative measures, you can save yourself from headaches later on.

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How to lock apps on iPhone?

Written By Subhali Mukherjee

In my previous articles, I have guided you how to lock your iPhone ( so its safe from unwanted handlers ). But what if you want to keep certain applications out of reach of foreign users. Apple gives you a way out of that too! In this post lets look in detail on How to lock apps on iPhone.

What Restrictions it does here is that if we enable it for certain apps, it tends to remove those apps completely from the app menu, i.e the user can’t see them at all. Here’s how:

Step 1 : From your Home Screen, navigate to Settings > General > Restrictions.

How to lock apps on iPhone

How to lock apps on iPhone?

How to lock apps on iPhone?

Step 2 : Tap on Enable Restrictions.

How to lock apps on iPhone?

Step 3 : You will be redirected to a screen asking you to Enter a Restrictions Passcode. Feed in your desired Passcode. ( Make sure you remember the same! ) Re-enter the Passcode to confirm.

How to lock apps on iPhone?

How to lock apps on iPhone?

Step 4 : Once done, you will be redirected back to the Restrictions screen where you will find a number of apps listed that are allowed.

How to lock apps on iPhone?

Step 5 : Slide the switch Off to remove those apps from the app menu.

In case you want to lock your Apps individually, you will have to Jailbreak your device which is not advisable unless you are absolutely desperate and have no other way. If you are ready to do that, you may download iAppLock. Its an app that locks individual apps. Rest assured, your iPhone is in safe hands. It provides features like Passcode Lock, Pattern Lock, Customize screen locks, Touch ID lock.

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Android backdoor is secretly sending user data and texts to China, and no one knows why

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By Conner Forrest

A new backdoor that was recently discovered in budget Android devices is sending user location data, text message, and call logs to a server in China every 72 hours, and no one seems to know the reason why. First reported on by the New York Times on Tuesday, the backdoor was discovered by Security firm Kryptowire.

According to the New York Times report, the backdoor comes in the form of pre-installed monitoring software that collects the above-mentioned information. The Times said that American authorities are unsure if the data is being collected for advertising purposes, or if it is and actual governmental effort at surveillance.

One of the most interesting aspects of this backdoor is that it is an intentional piece of the software on these devices. That, as noted by The Verge, makes it a feature of the device and not an exploited vulnerability.

The software was developed by a Chinese company called Shanghai Adups Technology Company, which claims the code is active on more than 700 million Android devices. According to the Times, it predominantly affects international users and those who use prepaid Android devices, but the total impact of the backdoor isn’t fully known. However, the Times did note that American Android manufacturer, BLU Products, had 120,000 of its phones affected.
According to documents provided to BLU by Shanghai Adups Technology Company, the code was originally written for another Chinese company, to help them monitor phones, the Times reported. Additionally, Shanghai Adups Technology Company’s website claims they work with smartphone manufacturers ZTE and Huawei.

However, a Huawei spokesperson said: “Huawei takes our customers’ privacy and security very seriously, and we work diligently to safeguard that privacy and security. The company mentioned in this report is not on our list of approved suppliers, and we have never conducted any form of business with them.”

Additionally, an official statement from ZTE USA read: “We confirm that no ZTE devices in the U.S. have ever had the Adups software cited in recent news reports installed on them, and will not. ZTE always makes security and privacy a top priority for our customers. We will continue to ensure customer privacy and information remain protected.”

A Google official told the New York Times that it had asked Shanghai Adups Technology Company to remove the software from devices running the Google Play Store. Also, Kryptowire has taken its findings to the US government.

The discovery comes at a turbulent time for Android, as recent malware discoveries claimed to put millions of devices at risk of dealing with fake advertising and other issues. The news also adds more fuel to the conversation around backdoors in smartphones, sparked by Apple’s battle with the FBI over privacy concerns earlier this year.

The 3 big takeaways for readers:
A backdoor on some Android devices is sending call logs, location data, and full text messages to a Chinese server, as reported by the New York Times.
The backdoor appears to be a feature and not an exploit, as the code was intentionally added to the operating system for the purpose of gathering information, the Times reported.
The discovery of this backdoor could reopen the conversation around smartphone privacy started by Apple and the FBI in early 2016.

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7 Best Antivirus for iPhone in 2017 to keep your phone safe


Best Antivirus For iPhone: The two major giants of smartphones, iOS and android have been fighting since long. And the most powerful argument held by the iOS users deals with security. One has to agree upon the fact that iOS does have an upper hand in terms of security. But, this doesn’t make the iOS users completely safe from the malicious attacks on their iPhones. Thus, the importance of having an antivirus for iPhone in 2017 can not be neglected. And for that matter, you gotta choose the best antivirus for iPhone in 2017 which can protect your iPhone. To make your task easy, we have made a detailed research and shortlisted the most effective and best antivirus for iPhone in 2017.

Best Antivirus for iPhone in 2017:

1.  Avast Secure-Me:

Avast is the big brand name in the arena of antivirus. The Avast Secure-Me application is focused on keeping a track on your online presence. Avast Secure-Me keeps a watch on your activities like online messaging, shopping, banking, etc. During this Avast Secure-Me makes sure that your private information stays secured and prevents any kind of leaks. The main problems are faced when you’re connected to an open WiFi network. In this case, there is a high probability that your private information gets leaked. Avast Secure-Me notifies you against any such threats.

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2. McAfee Mobile Security

Sometimes you don’t need the internet to lose. Any of your important file on your iPhone can be easily accessed by anyone in your near proximity. McAfee Mobile Security helps you keep you friends away form snooping your private stuffs. It provides you with a shield to protect your confidential files and even report you if anyone else apart from you tries to access them. Along with this, it also facilitates backing up your iPhone’s data so that you retrieve it according to the need. One amazing feature is Secure Snap, which stores all the images being captured directly into your secured vault.

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3. Lookout Mobile Security:

Something which might turn out to be a nightmare for every iPhone user is losing your smartphone. Lookout Mobile Security protects your iPhone like no one would ever could. Be it data loss, mobile theft or any other threat, Lookout Mobile Security backs you up in each of this case. It takes a regular backup of your phone automatically. In case you lose your phone, Lookout will locate it within seconds if it is connected to the internet. It also saves the last location of your iPhone before the battery drains out completely. It triggers an alarm to find your device if you feel it’s near by even if it’s in silent mode.

4. Norton Mobile Security:

Norton Mobile Security is known for delivering powerful, effective and a reliable protection for iPhone and iPad. It keeps tracing for any threat in your iPhone continuously and notifies you about the same. On top of it, Norton also makes sure that your data gets backed up regularly. Moreover, Norton Mobile Security can also find your iPhone if it gets lost. It saves the last location of iPhone before it is shut down and triggers an alarm to locate the same quickly. Hence, Norton stays a strong contender in this list of the best antivirus for iPhone in 2017.

5. Avira Mobile Security:

Avira Mobile Security is an ideal tool to have as an antivirus for iPhone in 2017 to ensure complete security. It keeps a track of your emails to make sure that their privacy has not been compromised. You also get a dashboard from where you can take control of your iPhone. With the help of Avira dashboard, you can connect to 5 devices which will be tracked and traced down in case of loss or theft. In-app, community support is also provided where you can post your questions and get answers quickly.

6. F-Secure Safe:

Most of the time that we spend on our iPhones involve the use of the internet. To make sure that your iPhone is all secured during your online activities is important. F-Secure Safe helps you keep your iPhone and your personal information safe while browsing. It notifies you about malicious nature of websites. Hence, maintains a healthy environment for you to explore the internet on. It also has an in built parental control feature which warns you before accessing any content which may be unsuitable for children. This can certainly prove to be the best antivirus for iPhone in 2017.

7. 360 Security

Over a long run use of iPhone, one is bound to collect a lot of pictures and data in the same. 360 degree is equipped with a photo optimizer which scans your album regularly for any duplicate photos. Also, it has the capability to group them according to it’s predetermined algorithms. 360 security also helps you clear out unwanted space from your iPhone. It cleans all the unnecessary files clearing up a lot of space from your iPhone. It also has features to save the battery of you iPhone.

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Safety Tips for Your Mobile Devices

That smartphone in your pocket – or your tablet or laptop – contains significant information about you and your friends and family – contact numbers, photos, location and more. Your mobile devices need to be protected. Take the following security precautions and enjoy the conveniences of technology with peace of mind while you are on the go.

Keep a Clean Machine
  • Keep security software current on all devices that connect to the Internet: Having the most up-to-date mobile security software, web browser, operating system and apps is the best defense against viruses, malware and other online threats.
  • Delete when done: Many of us download apps for specific purposes, such as planning a vacation, and no longer need them afterwards, or we may have previously downloaded apps that are longer useful or interesting to us. It’s a good security practice to delete all apps you no longer use.
Protect Your Personal Information
  • Secure your devices: Use strong passwords, passcodes or other features such as touch identification to lock your devices. Securing your device can help protect your information if your device is lost or stolen and keep prying eyes out.
  • Personal information is like money – Value it. Protect it.: Information about you, such as the games you like to play, what you search for online and where you shop and live, has value ‒ just like money. Be thoughtful about who gets that information and how it’s collected through apps and websites.
  • Own your online presence: Use security and privacy settings on websites and apps to manage what is shared about you and who sees it.
  • Now you see me, now you don’t: Some stores and other locations look for devices with WiFi or Bluetooth turned on to track your movements while you are within range. Disable WiFi and Bluetooth when not in use.

Connect with Care

  • Get savvy about WiFi hotspots: Public wireless networks and hotspots are not secure, which means that anyone could potentially see what you are doing on your laptop or smartphone while you are connected to them. Limit what you do on public WiFi, and avoid logging in to key accounts like email and financial services. Consider using a virtual private network (VPN) or a personal/mobile hotspot if you need a more secure connection.
  • When in doubt, don’t respond: Fraudulent text messages, calls and voicemails are on the rise. Just as with email, mobile requests for personal data or immediate action are almost always scams.

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Safe shopping: how to spot a trustworthy website

Here’s how to spot a legit online shopping website from a scam one:

1. Visit the About page or check out the Footer. A legit one provides complete information about the company.

Did you find all the necessary identification data? Is there contact information, such as the street or phone number?
If you only found a contact form, that’s a bad sign.
Another bad indicator is if they’re using a free public domain for their email address, such as Gmail or Yahoo, instead of the website’s domain.

2. Take your time and read the Terms and Conditions, Guarantee, Privacy and Return / Refund policies.

This way, you’ll stay informed and know your rights. You might discover hidden charges or services.
Check if the company offers shipping insurance or refunds, in case your package is lost or damaged.
You should also pay attention to discrepancies – does the website say one thing on a page and contradicts somewhere else?

3. Other red flags: poor grammar, misspellings, stolen photos, stock photos, low quality / resolution photos.
And, as a rule of thumb, if a product’s price is much lower than you can find on any other websites, you can bet it’s a scam.

Learn about “sim swap fraud”, so you can avoid it

This new fraud technique can cause terrible damage to victims. Here’s how it happens:

“SIM Swap is the process of replacing your mobile’s existing SIM card with a new one. SIM swapping is often useful, letting you to keep your existing mobile number when you change to a handset requiring a different SIM card type. However, financially-motivated criminals have found a loophole in this process.

Armed with a mobile phone and a blank SIM card, attackers pretend to be the victim when they contact the victim’s telecommunication provider saying the mobile has been stolen. The plan is to get the operator to cancel the existing SIM card, on the victim’s phone, and activate the new SIM on the criminal’s phone.

The window of opportunity starts to close as soon as the SIM Swap victim notices that his/her mobile is no longer working and raises the alarm.

Once texts and calls are rerouted to the fraudster’s handset, the criminals work quickly to reset passwords, locking the victim out of his/her accounts, before authorising bank transactions or securing loans in the victim’s name.”

Do a winter cleaning through your mobile apps

Take a quick glance over your mobile apps, see what you have installed there.

  • Remove any apps you haven’t been using – they are vulnerabilities for your security and privacy.
  • Revoke permissions for apps that require access to sensitive information – why would a flashlight app request access to read your messages, for example?
  • Keep your apps update – this lowers the chances for malware to take advantage of their vulnerabilities.

And remember to never install apps from anywhere else but the official app store. In Android, there’s a setting that also doesn’t allow apps from third parties to be installed.