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the carrier iq threat - is it present in your smartphone?

Is your Android handset being compromised without you knowing?

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Carrier IQ is the name of the new threat that’s been hitting millions of Android phones worldwide. Apparently Carrier IQ is a phone tracking company that logs information from your specific carrier and sends it to their computers for a complete signal analysis and performance reports. At least that’s what was believed they were doing!

According to a recent discovery by Trevor Eckhart, an Android Security Researcher,

Eckhart shows how software developed by mobile-device tracker Carrier IQ logs each keystroke and then sends them off to locations unknown. In addition, when Eckhart tried placing a call, Carrier IQ’s software recorded each number before the call was even made.

trevor eckhart demonstrating the workings of carrier iq

Image Credit: FoxNews.com

After this leak was known many mobile and smartphone manufacturers such as APPLE, HTC, Samsung and Nokia are denying affiliations to the mobile tracking company Carrier IQ. In fact, APPLE immediately responded when questioned, that it will remove the Carrier IQ completely in a future software update of the iOS 5.

The Android Operating System developer Google has also refused any connections with Carrier IQ and told that Carrier IQ software does not come pre-installed with the operating system and it is not responsible for how carriers and mobile manufacturing companies modify the applications on their devices.

After learning about this new development many multinational companies and famous personalities are demanding for an explanation and are distancing themselves from Carrier IQ because we all know its going down, as the mess is now pretty big!

I think this is a major breach of our privacy and personal lives. What do you think? Share you thoughts and let us know in the comments.

Source: The Verge, CNET, ZDNet
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Avira Antivirus 2012 has been officially released!

Avira Antivirus 12 Free and Premium Internet Security has been released!

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Avira Antivirus for 2012 has been released today. Avira GmbH which is a major software company known for providing the best antivirus products for the users has unveiled its yet another version of its popular antivirus software AntiVir 12.

One of the editors at the CNET, Seth Rosenblatt just revealed it today in the official blog post.

Avira has done some serious changes to the interface. It looks amazing and works faster than the “former products” Avira Antivir (what’s the name again?). Yes that’s right, Seth told us the company has dropped the “AntiVir” title and now is just known by the name Avira Antivirus.

Avira Premium Antivirus 2012 new interface

Coming to the good part, the new changes in the latest product is the “two-click” install. According to the Avira team, the antivirus is more lighter now and gets installed in just a matter of seconds and within few clicks. Don’t worry the features have not been compromised, the product actually performs better than before and as many say Avira is known for its “false positives”. Well you don’t have to worry about that, the new product has been fixed and is more reliable now.

Although you may want to make sure that you don’t have any other antivirus softwares installed prior to the installation. Even if you have, Avira makes sure to uninstall it before proceeding with the setup. As we all know running two or more antiviruses not only makes our system slow but also brings instability into the antivirus components.

Avira Webguard has also undergone some advanced changes. Let us hear what Seth has to say,

“the WebGuard takes a more aggressive approach to detecting sites that could be hosting malware before they load on your computer.”

Avira Free Antivirus 12

So if you are convinced enough, go try out the new antivirus today and check out for yourself. Here is the download link for Avira Free Antivirus 12 . As for the paid products, Avira Antivirus Premium Security 2012 comes with 1 year license for $29.99 but if you want you can also try it out for free for 30 days. The wholedeal i.e. Avira Internet Security 2012 comes with 1 year license for $49.99 only.

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Advanced System Care: The tool that every Windows user MUST have

Today I left my computer along to come back to see half my quota was used. After doing some diagnoses to find out why an unknown binary file was running. After overcoming this I thought it was time to install some type of software that can help me avoid this from happening again.

After asking people on various forums what tool is the best to remove even the littlest to biggest security threats the most reccomended tool was Advanced System Care.

Advanced system care has 3 useful options for you to run on your computer. The three options of the course are to:

Advanced SystemCare
Advanced SystemCare

1. Maintain Windows

This runs (if all options selected) a spyware Removal Tool, Registry Fix, Privacy Sweep and Junk Files Clean. These tools help maintain windows to the best ability possible. It helps remove files that aren’t needed and remove files that are a risk to your system.

2. Diagnose System

This runs (if all options selected) System Optimization, Security Defense, Disk Fragment, and Security Analyzer. This is the best tool out of the three. It help me find over ten thousands virus’s and threats that my normal internet security agent hasn’t.

3. Manage Utilities

This contains various tools to help optimize and find viruses, malwares and Trojan horses on your computer.

This tool is light-weighted and now my computer is running faster than ever. This wonderful tool has been downloaded over 45 million times by different people over the world [via CNET].

Link: Download Advanced System Care

What’s your take on Advanced System care? Do let me know what’s the tool that you use to take care of your PC.