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Emoji Passcode App Bids to Replace Traditional Pin Numbers and Passwords

Posted on 19 June 2015 by GranTorinoGuy

Let’s face it, remembering pin numbers and passwords are a real pain. In today’s social network-driven world where our lives thrive virtually on the internet, we must remember multiple passwords regardless of certain types of software attempting to manage a vast utopia of passcodes. As an answer to the daunting task of remembering passwords, a British financial services tech firm is announcing Emoji Passcode, a mobile app that allows users to access online accounts by typing in emoji-based pins and passwords.

Emojis have long been that friendly-looking icon on many platforms, mostly used on social networks, text messages or other contextual forms of communication through our internet waves. Uses of emoji icons have conveyed many different things from a simple smiley face to a devil with horns, the possibilities with such graphical icons are nearly endless. To boot, the combinations that can be formed using emojis as pin combinations surpasses how many permutations you can get out of a short pin number.

The clever use of emojis as passwords is nearly ingenious. Some people will retain the combination of emojis better than they would with simple letter and number combinations. It would prove those with a visual learning curve to quickly adopt such a concept.

Emoji Passcode would be a new way for companies who have online logins to give their consumers new options and potentially a better way of safeguarding their account and personal information. Additionally, Emoji Passcode could replace traditional pin numbers used on certain platforms and who knows, it could be a new way of accessing an ATM machine on a local scale.

The principals behind Emoji Passcode seem to be worthy of implementation in some of the highest levels of security over the internet. The promotional video below reiterates the potential effectiveness and security of what the developers and marketers of Emoji Passcode have in store. The question is, would you give it a try and ultimately trust it?

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Android and iOS Versions of Superfish Apps Found to Have Device Tracking Capabilities

Posted on 27 February 2015 by GranTorinoGuy

The Superfish program and web browser add-on has caused some major concerns for computer users as it has been identified to contain code that can track users on the mobile versions of the application.

Superfish was ousted recently as a malicious program for computers and mobile devices. Lenovo, one of the largest producers of personal computers, made the mistake of bundling the Superfish program with several of their new laptop computers shipped out between September 2014 and December 2014. Since the discovery of Superfish’s malicious actions of exploiting security certificates leading to attackers infiltrating personal data transmitted over the internet, mobile versions of Superfish were found to be just as dangerous.

Superfish in its mobile version for Android and iOS devices was found to have code that poses a risk by the Superfish root certificate allowing attackers to track users and gather transmitted data.

The Superfish app was originally designed to help users shop for furniture or items by taking pictures of desirables and uploading it so Superfish’s servers can identify the image. Computer security researchers have identified recent versions of Superfish to be quite the malicious program in its ability to disrupt security certificates and now expose mobile devices’ unique ID through EXIF data available in photos taken by the device.

There has been much of a debate about the tracking of cell phones and mobile devices over many years. Furthermore, malware programs designed for mobile devices have become extremely sophisticated to the point that tracking a device and data that it may transmit over the internet and networks is a commonplace event for advanced hackers. Through the use of the Superfish mobile app on Android and iOS devices, it seems information on those devices may be pulled and later sold or used by other hackers and cybercrooks.

Deep in the code of the Superfish app on the Android OS and within Superfish’s LikeThat feature on iOS devices, the malicious program may reveal Mac address, CPU frequency, display type and free space to others who are in tuned to collecting Superfish’s stolen information.

The tracking of a device using Superfish may also be another aspect that hackers can determine. Though it has not been fully explored or verified, Superfish could still be a basis for pulling information from mobile devices. Through GPS positioning abilities found in Superfish’s code, iOS devices that have location services enabled could allow others to track the device. On Android versions, the tracking features may not be fully active. However, the transmitting of a user’s position is present within their SFLocatioAPI class, which is another avenue that sneaky hackers could exploit.

In any instance of Superfish being found on a device of any kind, it should be removed. Use of Superfish could make a mobile device vulnerable to many issues, including being tracked or other data compromised.

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Cool app turns iPhone 4.0 into photo booth [Video]

Posted on 05 July 2010 by GranTorinoGuy

IncrediBooth is a cool iPhone 4 application that can save you time and money.

It converts your new iPhone onto a photo booth and saves the pics in photo-strip format.

Check it out:

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What do you think about this new application. Tell us your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

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Just Bump Phones to Swop Digits… It’s that Easy!

Posted on 01 April 2010 by GranTorinoGuy

The days of manually typing someone’s details onto your phone are over. Bump has arrived!

Bump is a new application for Android and iPhones and people everywhere have started using it to get to know each other. Exchanging contact information, sharing photos, and even become friends on Facebook, has never been this easy.

The demonstration in this video shows just how simple it is to use. It’s like a cool gadget from a James Bond movie.

The Bump app uses the phone’s sensors to feel the bump, then it sends the information into the cloud. The algorithm on Bump’s website detects bumps from phones around the world and pairs up the phones that felt similar bumps. As soon as users confirm that they’ve bumped phones with someone else the information will be exchanged.

Two people who Bump each other don’t have to be using the same device. An iPod Touch can Bump an Android but, only a few phones have sensors in them required to detect the bumps you make.

Soon all phones will include these sensors and when that happens, the folks at Bump plan to have an application available. Soon no one will ever have to manually enter contact information again.

Do you think Bump will revolutionize the way we use phones? Let us know your thoughts by posting a comment below.

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Chat Easy with Mobile Platforms for Social Apps

Posted on 12 March 2010 by SlimboCA

Accessing all your social networks on your mobile is becoming easier thanks to media platforms.

These days no one really belongs to just one social network. So it makes sense to consolidate these communications, rather than opening a different application everytime you want to update your status or chat to your friends. We found some really cool mobile phone apps which make these tasks possible on one platform.

Meebo is a free iPhone application which simplifies social messaging tasks while you’re on the go. It’s basically a web platform for Instant Messaging (IM) on any network or website. Meebo connects you to MSN, Yahoo, AOL/AIM, MySpace, Facebook, Google Talk, and many more.

Beejive – which costs about $6 to download – seems a more versatile competitor though. It allows you to stay connected to all of your instant messaging buddies on all of your IM accounts, anywhere you go. Two other applications, Fring (which is free) and Palringo ($5), are also worth giving a try. Fring is busy with a feature that creates a live stream of updates from all your social networks on a single screen. Palringo claims to have features that apparently sets it apart from the rest, including a push-to-talk IM capability and the ability to allow group chats.

If there there any other social networking hubs out there that we have failed to mention, please share them in the comment section.

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