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Hackers are perfect opportunists. They will not leave any stone unturned in the effort to wreak havoc on your peaceful life. And this time, it seems, they have targeted the SMS regulations in India that are enforced for the next fifteen days.

So if you are reading this post, chances are that you are an addicted to staying in touch with your friends. But due the the SMS regulations you can not reach your friends who are not used to sitting in front of the computer all day. So what do you do? Obvious choice – use WhatsApp! I am sure the application is going to see a severe spike in usage for the next fortnight.

What if WhatsApp came up with a Facebook app? They should think about it. But someone else has already done it.

So chances are that you will land upon such a screen. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT approve the application!

Because once you click on “Go to App”, it will take details of your friends who are online at that point! See the pic below for reference.

Nevertheless, it takes you to a web page that does some processing, you can see the “Wait” button. In the meantime, it is parsing through your online friends and sending them the same app request that you received. The app is now viral…

But finally, everything in this world has money in the roots and this spam is not an exception. If you are expecting that after completing the survey shown on the screen you will get access to premium content, you need to go back to the fifth grade.

This application is a perfect example of spam. Please take care that you don’t get caught in it!

Please circulate this message to your friends. By doing so, you can support our effort in keeping the cyber space a safer place to live in.

via http://blog.pratikar.com/2012/08/fake-whatsapp-facebook-app-is-a-spam-machine/

Heard the one about the FBI shutting down the Internet this month?

Like many memes before it, this dire warning is floating around blogs and sites. It even names a date: March 8 as the day the FBI might "shut down the Internet." But relax, that’s not really the case.

While yes, an untold number of people may lose their Internet connection in less than three weeks, if they do they have only nefarious Web criminals to blame and certainly not the FBI.

If people end up in the dark on March 8, it’s because they’re still infected with the malware the FBI started warning people about last November when it shut down a long-standing Estonian Web traffic hijacking operation that controlled people’s computers using a family of DNSChanger viruses. The malware works by replacing the DNS (Domain Name System) servers defined on a victim’s computer with fraudulent servers operated by the criminals. As a result, visitors are unknowingly redirected to websites that distributed fraudulent software or displayed ads that put money into the bad guys’ pockets.

Site predicts a March 8 shutdown.

Here’s the worst part: The malware also prevents security updates and disables installed security software.

To help protect victims, the FBI replaced the rogue servers with legitimate ones — a measure the agency said would be in effect for 120 days. Had it not taken that step and simply shut down the bad servers back in November, infected computers would have been immediately blocked from Internet access.

So the current problem isn’t that the FBI will be shutting down the Internet when the 120 days runs out on March 8, it’s that many people and organizations haven’t removed the malware from their computers. In fact, as many as half of Fortune 500 companies and government agencies are delinquent in updating, according to some reports.

So how do you know if your computer or router is infected with DNSChanger?

The FBI says the best way to know is to have them checked out by a computer professional, which admittedly isn’t very helpful.

However, it does offer a resource paper with guidance to make that determination yourself, although even if you find out your system is infected, the FBI says you still need a pro to scrub your machine.

As another alternative, you can use the free Avira DNS Repair Tool to figure out if a computer is using one of the temporary DNS servers. Unfortunately, the tool works only on Windows and doesn’t actually remove the Trojan horse.

Indeed, removing the malware is a challenge, and many people will be cut off from Internet access on March 8, reports the security news site KrebsonSecurity. It also notes that the industry and law enforcement group DNSChanger Working Group (DCWG) has a site that can help people check whether their systems are infected.

To get help, network administrators can send a request to one of the members of the DCWG, and home users can use the step-by-step instructions at the DCWG website to see if they’re infected with the DNSChanger malware.

If you determine your system is infected, you can start from scratch and reinstall your operating system, or take the FBI’s advice and get help from a professional if you want to remain online after March 8.

via PCWorld

With the arrival of Chrome Beta for Android, the convergence of Google’s desktop and mobile browsers has begun.

Chrome Beta for Android includes desktop features such as tabbed browsing, Incognito mode and bookmark syncing. It can also list any tab that’s currently open on the user’s desktop version of Chrome, and open it on the phone.

Now for the bad news: Chrome for Android is only available on devices running Android 4.0, known as Ice Cream Sandwich. Right now, that includes Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S, Motorola’s Xoom and Asus’ Transformer Prime. Users can get the browser free from the Android Market.

chromeandroid1-11295154Here’s everything else you need to know about Chrome for Android:

How Does Tabbed Browsing Work?

On Android phones, individual tabs don’t appear on screen together, like they do in some third party browsers such as Dolphin. Instead, you quickly move between tabs by swiping from the phone’s left or right bezel, or show all tabs by tapping a button next to the search and URL bar. On tablets, tabs are arranged side-by-side, in similar fashion to the existing stock Android browser.

How Does Desktop Sync Work?

Chrome for Android places desktop bookmarks in their own folder on the mobile browser’s new tabchromeandroid3-11295156 page, so they don’t get mixed up with other bookmarks. Another section of the new tab page shows any open tab for any computer that’s signed in to the user’s Google account. The mobile browser also syncs auto-complete suggestions from the desktop, drawing on your search and browsing history.

What Other Features Are There?

As TechCrunch reports, Chrome for Android uses hardware acceleration to make browsing feel smoother and snappier, and it can pre-load pages based on what links it thinks you’ll click, just like desktop Chrome (but only over Wi-Fi, to prevent excess mobile data use). It also includes some advanced HTML5 features such as Web Workers, which allow Web apps to update in real-time. Unfortunately, the browser doesn’t yet have a way to always request the desktop version of Websites instead of mobile-optimized sites.

The browser also has one other feature not found in the desktop version of Chrome: When tapping on an area filled with links, a magnified view appears to ensure you’re clicking on the right thing.

chromeandroid2-11295155What About Plug-Ins and Extensions?

The current version of Chrome for Android doesn’t support plug-ins, but All Things Digital reports that the browser’s architecture supports them. There are no plans to support Flash on the mobile browser, however. As for extensions, MG Siegler reports that Google is figuring out how to make them work best on mobile devices.

Why Only Android 4.0?

According to MG Siegler, Chrome for Android uses APIs not found in earlier versions of Android, so there’s not much hope for Gingerbread or Froyo users. As TechCrunch points out, Firefox for Android offers similar syncing features between the desktop and mobile devices, if that’s any consolation.

What Will Become of the Stock Android Browser?

Eventually, it’ll go away, but Google hasn’t announced timing. Still, with Android’s ability to set alternate browsers as the default, Android Ice Cream Sandwich users can make a complete switch to Chrome today.

as covered by Jared Newmwn

If you are using gmail for your personal or business emails and have had the need to access the site on a public computer, you may have felt a bit uneasy about that. Having someone else access your account is a big problem for a lot of us. Google has unveiled a new method of accessing your account that is more secure and involves your smartphone.

Google has had a safer login process uses a two-form identification process for a while. The trusted device is your smartphone in this system, and it generates a short code needed to log in. The new system allows you to log into your Gmail account on the smartphone and then automatically logs you into the Gmail account on the computer.

You never had to enter your password details on the public terminal eliminating the worry about key loggers. Apparently, the public terminal generates a QR code on the screen that you scan with the smartphone, and then you are logged in. You will need a QR code reader for your smartphone to use the system and the Google Goggles app will work. The system apparently works with the iPhone, Android and supposedly Windows Phone too.

via PCWorld

The first iPhone was actually dreamed up in 1983. Forget that silly old touchscreen, this iPhone was a landline with full, all-white handset and a built-in screen controlled with a stylus.

The phone was designed for Apple by Hartmut Esslinger, an influential designer who helped make the Apple IIc computer (Apple’s first “portable” computer) and later founded Frogdesign. The 1983 iPhone certainly fits in with Esslinger’s other designs for Apple. It also foreshadows the touchscreens of both the iPhone and iPad.

Images of the 1983 iPhone have been circling the web for a while but there has been renewed interest in Apple’s early designs and history thanks to a peek inside Stanford University’s massive trove of Apple documents. The archives are a close-guarded secret but Stanford is starting to grant access to selected journalists and organizations. The archives were donated in 1997 after Steve Jobs rejoined the company and document much of the design and personnel changes that took place in the 1980s.

The 1983 iPhone is just one of many prototypes buried in Apple’s past. There’s even a device that looks similar to an iPad. Despite the phone’s age, it actually looks like a cool concept that could easily be updated into a modern consumer product by replacing simple stylus screen with an iPad-like interface.

1983 iphone image

iphone 1983 image

via Zachary Sniderman from Mashable

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