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FileZilla Has an Evil Twin That Steals FTP Logins

Many people download FTP clients so that they can manage their websites and servers. FTP clients can be an easy way to upload, download and otherwise manage the files that exist on a person’s personal servers. Unfortunately, hackers have a way of transforming innocent FTP clients into harmful programs that damage the user’s credentials. Anyone who is thinking of downloading the FileZilla client should be aware of the following warning: FileZilla has an evil twin that steals FTP logins.

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People who download the malicious version of FileZilla are often unaware of its foul intention. The malware versions resemble the regular versions so closely that downloading them by mistake is easy. In fact, the user may not realize what has happened until someone steals his or her login information and begins making changes to the website. To avoid website destruction, theft and other mischievous activities, a user should pay close attention to the following clues:

Fake download URLs: The first clue to look out for is a download URL that looks suspicious. The person might notice pictures instead of the normal user comments and texts. He or she may also notice a slight difference in the version numbers. The official version number of a FileZilla download is v2.45. A malicious version may have a Unicode such as 2.46.3.

Suspicious dll libraries: Fake versions of FileZilla will have dll libraries that do not exist in the original versions. For example, bgcc_s_dw2-1.dll and libstdc++-6.dll are not in the real versions of FileZilla. Additionally, one might notice that the phony versions of FileZilla are smaller than the original versions, which are approximately 6-8 MB in size.

The best way to protect oneself from downloading malicious software is to visit the official websites to download FileZilla. One should avoid unfamiliar territory and websites that look suspicious in any way.

Filed in: Security, Software
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Hackers Found New Ways to Infect Your Android Device

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A malware is the combination of two words, malicious and software. It is a type of software that is used to hack into private computers or to gain access to private information. Recently, a link was posted on twitter by Phil Schiller to a report saying that 99% of all mobile malware is directed at android. Usually the malware does not come from PCs but in through the web as hackers find new ways to deliver Android malware through phishing or other tactics.

A new mobile banking program Trojan.Droidpak however attempts to install malware on android devices when connected to windows computers. Usually it is the android malware that infect the windows systems but this new malware seems to work the other way round.

Trojan.Droidpak installs a counterfeit version of the rather popular Google play store when the device is connected to a computer in the USB debugging mode. USB debugging is a setting on android devices mainly that is not directly related to running android versions or installing new firmware. This method is normally used by developers to install apps but it is also necessary for android devices’ rooting and installation of android firmware. It is not that useful but users may forget to turn it off after use and they don’t need it any more. This way of targeting the android system is very unusual because most hackers prefer using fake applications from third party app stores and social engineering.

Symantec has discovered that the malware seems to be directed at online bankers in Korea. Flora Liu a Symantec researcher wrote that the malicious APK i.e. android application package locates certain Korean online banking apps on the android device and if it finds them misleads the device user to delete them and install the fake versions.

Users are recommended by symantec to disable the USB debugging mode on their android devices and avoid connection of the devices to computers that are not trusted.

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Google Bans Chrome Extensions Purchased to Deliver Adware

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Add to Feedly and Tweet This Page are two of the most popular extensions for the Google Chrome Browser, they have made it easier for users to share information online. The simplistic function and ease of use have a great deal to do with why they have become so popular with people all around the world. However, these extensions have become a problem for users looking for a clean and problem free experience when using a web browser. Subjecting users to pop ups and ad ware has resulted in removal from the Google store. It is very likely that the developers of these extensions did not engage in the creation of the extension for the original purpose of serving advertisements to users without their knowledge. Instead, this likely came as a result of the extensions being picked up by other companies and turned into a source of revenue at the expense of the user.

It is very likely that these are not the only extensions that attempt to serve advertisements in a way that harms the user. In fact, we are likely to see the removal of additional extensions over the next few weeks. In the event that you have noticed a computer slowing down without a hint of what may be going on, it may have to do with the extensions that you are using in order to add to your Google Chrome experience. If this is the case, you may want to remove the extensions that you have been using in order to see if it gets rid of the problem. If you discover an issue, reporting it to Google would be the best course of action. Reading Google bans Chrome extensions purchased to deliver adware is a simple way for you to say informed and avoid the unwanted influx of advertisements at the same time.

Filed in: Software
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Google Announces Smart Contact Lens Project For Diabetics

googleDealing with diabetes is not easy. Not only does one need to shun anything sweet for the rest of his/her lifetime, which is excruciating for those with a sweet tooth, but one also risks developing other health problems if one does not monitor diabetes properly. Seeing the difficulties faced by diabetics, Google has come up with a project to create ‘smart’ contact lenses which can help diabetics monitor their blood sugar level. In other words, Google announces smart contact lens project for diabetics.

Why are contact lenses, out of all things, chosen by Google for this ambitious project of theirs? Well, scientists have found that tears are the solution for diabetics when it comes to tracking their glucose levels. However, it is a well-known fact that tears are hard to harvest and study, therefore it makes sense to use something like contact lenses in order to get to the bottom of the tear glucose mystery! Moreover, something as pliable and small as contact lenses are just the thing required in order to measure the glucose level with accuracy and precision.

Google has released the announcement about this project of theirs through its official blog, which has let to diabetics around the world rejoicing and in high anticipation of the product. According to a spokesperson, Google is in the process of testing smart contact lenses which can measure the glucose levels in case of tears with the help of a miniaturized glucose sensor which is embedded in between the two soft layers of the contact lens material.

Currently, Google is in talks with the FDA and some of the experts in this field in order to test prototypes that would enable them to get a glucose reading once per second. The FDA along with the experts are playing a pivotal role in helping Google figure out the best way to turn this idea into reality.

Filed in: New Technology
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Discover a Number of Things to Do with Mobile Phones

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The current mobiles phones use a variety of technologies and it benefits the users in many ways. The mobile phones are not only used for calling a person but also provide many options like gaming, entertainment and photos. The people can select the mobile models which has number of new options. Every mobile model has unique feature and people can use these options. Today’s mobile phones provide many features like Bluetooth, WI-Fi, video calls, and much software. The mobiles provide the opportunity to the people to download any number of songs and movies. They can search the web content with the help of mobile phones itself. The people can play games in online as well as they can play the games after downloading. The mobile phones use different operating systems based on their models.

The android OS and windows OS are the most preferable operating system used by the people. The mobile phone allows the people to access the information from the web like a pc or desktop. The people can also find the route of the area using the map options provided in the phone. It is very easy to find the routes easily with the help of mobile phones. The people can also share their views in the social networking sites also. The mobile phones allow the user to access social networking sites like Gmail, face book, twitter, gtalk and face book messenger and many. The people can use variety of application in the mobile phones by using mobile internet as well as by using Wi-Fi.

The people can explore a numerous things by using the mobile phones. The people have the options to share their photos and videos to other mobile devices or lap using the Bluetooth facility. They can also upload their photos in to internet immediately after the snapshot. The different software provides different uses and the people have to use it properly. The people can also make bank transactions using the mobile phones. The people can select the mobile phones that offer numerous facilities to the user. The 3G used in the mobile phones offers the people to talk using the video and it provides different environment to the user. The person feels very happy if the mobile phones offer them different apps.

The mobile phone providers are embedding different technologies in to the mobiles to benefits their consumers all over the world. The mobile cost of such new technologies phones are little higher in the market but it provides the numerous applications. The people can do all the activities that can be done by a computer. The people can get information instantly in their hands with the help of the mobiles. The people can also protect their data and information with password in order to avoid hacking. The mobile phones offer different applications and options to the user and people can use these applications to make their works easier and faster. The people can communicate to the outside world easily with the help of the mobile phones. The people can buy the mobile that has new technologies from the dealer who provides at reasonable rate.

Filed in: Gadgets, Mobile Devices
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Top 10 Best Android Phones of 2013 to 2014

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Android phones are very popular, and most of the people are now using android phones. Android is the mobile operating system which based on Linux kernel. This especially designed for touch screen phones such as tablet computers and smart phones. This is the world’s popular and widely used operating system platform for high tech devices. There are many mobile phone manufacturers who are creating the android smart phones. According to the facilities and popularity the top 10 android phones of 2013 to 2014 can be listed below. The tenth place occupied by Samsung Galaxy Note 2 which has a rating of 8.14 out of 10. It is super responsive smart phone with highest internal storage. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has a higher rating than this smart phone. Sony Xperia Z attains ninth place in the market. It has a rating of 8.3 out of 10. This smart phone offers excellent features and 2 GB internal memory and powerful Quad core processor. It reaches many people all around the world.

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Samsung Galaxy S4: Mini got eighth place in the list. It got 8.24 rating out of 10. It can be used by millions of people in the world. It has numerous features and facilities. It has 8 GB internal storage, and it can be expanded up to 64 GB with memory card. The seventh place could be occupied by Sony Xperia Z1 smart phone. It has a rating of 8.44 out of 10. It has 2048 MB RAM and 16 GB internal memory. It can be expandable up to 64 GB. It has camera resolution of 20.7 megapixels. It produces high quality images and videos including dual shot. HTC One Mini attains sixth place in the list. It has 4.3 inches screen size with 1024 MB RAM. It has 16 GB built in storage, but it cannot be expanded. It has a rating of 8.44 out of 10 points. It has lower camera resolution of 4 Megapixels.

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The fifth place could be occupied by Samsung Galaxy S4 which has 2048 MB RAM with 16 GB built in memory. It got rating of 8.66 out of 10.  It can be expanded up to 64 GB with SD card. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 got fourth place in the top ten smart phone lists. It has 13 mega pixel camera resolutions, and 3072 MB RAM speed, and 32 GB internal storage which can be expanded up to 64 GB. It is best for overall Samsung products. It is the lowest price and has highest features. Its rating is 8.74 out of 10. It can fit to all android apps, and it has 40 percent extra processing power than other Samsung products. HTC One acquires the third place which has 2048 MB RAM with 32 GB internal memory. The camera resolution is 4 MP. It attains rating of 8.78 out of 10. The second place attained by LG G2, which has a rating of 8.82 out of 10. It has 32 GB internal storage which cannot be expanded. The first place is for Google Nexus 5 that has a rating of 8.85 out of 10 points. It has Android 4.4 operating system, 16 GB internal storage, 8 MP camera resolution and 2048MB RAM.

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