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Monday, 21 May 2018

Google Chrome WARNING -Horrific malware can steal YOUR credit card details

Google Chrome is a fast, secure, and free web browser, built for the modern web. It is a freeware web browser developed by Google. It was first released in September 2008, for Microsoft Windows, and was later ported to Linux, macOS, iOS and Android. 
                                          
google chrome malware steals credit card details

Google Chrome users have been warned about a new strain of malware that can steal saved credit card details from the hugely popular internet browser.

Security experts from Proofpoint are putting Google Chrome fans on their hills about a malware researchers have dubbed Vega Stealer.

The malware is a variant of the August Stealer strain that was discovered back in December 2016.

That piece of malicious software was capable of stealing saved passwords, documents and sensitive data from Chrome, Firefox, Skype and Opera.

The Vega Stealer malware is being distributed through a spam e-mail campaign.

It tries to trick people into clicking on it with subject lines likes “online store developer required”.

The e-mail includes a Microsoft document called “brief.doc” that contains malicious macros that deliver the Vega Stealer payload.

Speaking about the malware in a blog post, Proofpoint researchers said: “The document macro utilised in this campaign is a commodity macro that we believe is for sale and used by multiple actors, including the threat actor spreading Emotet banking Trojan.”

Once Vega Stealer has infected a computer it starts stealing data and searches the victim’s desktop for different file formats.

This is done for exfiltration purposes and then the malware sends the data to a remote command and control server.

Proofpoint added: “While Vega Stealer is not the most complex or stealthy malware in circulation today, it demonstrates the flexibility of malware, authors, and actors, to achieve criminal objectives.

“Because the delivery mechanism is similar to more widely distributed and mature threats, Vega Stealer has the potential to evolve into a commonly found stealer.
“Vega Stealer…could have longer lasting impacts if further developed and distributed. Due to the distribution and lineage, this threat may continue to evolve and grow.”

As always, one of the best ways to stay safe from malware delivered by e-mail is not to click on suspicious looking messages with attachments.

This is especially the case if the e-mail is allegedly from a well-known company but the e-mail is not registered to their official domain.

The news comes as Google Chrome continues to hold onto its crown of the world’s most popular internet browser.
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Monday, 14 May 2018

'Take a Break' Feature For YouTubers to Help deal with Addiction

Google has rolled out a new set of controls that will allow YouTube users to set limits on their video viewing, and help them set "Take a Break" reminder from browsing the channels for too long, a media report said. 
                                             
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The new feature will enable the users to set a reminder for every 15, 30, 60, 90 or 180 minutes, at which point the video will pause and users will receive "Take a Break" notification that they have been binge-watching videos for longer than they decided to.

Also Read: MTN Hourly YouTube Data Plans and Subscription Codes

Users can then choose to dismiss the reminder and keep watching, or close the app, the TechCrunch reported late Friday. The changes announced during Google's I/O keynote will roll out in the latest update of YouTube, along with YouTube's ability to send notifications. The reminders will come with an option of being dismissed and the feature will also allow users to disable notification sounds during a specified time period each day.

The new features are first expected to hit the 13.17 and higher versions of the YouTube mobile app on both iOS and Android, the report said.
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Saturday, 5 May 2018

Google Pay now supports web browsers on PC, iOS: Here are its benefits

The fast, easy, and free way to send money to friends and family. If they have an email address or phone number, you can pay them with Google Pay – whether you're going to order that pizza, or sending money halfway across the country. No more IOUs. No more bank transfers. Just an instant way to pay using the debit cards already in your wallet. Send or request money. 


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Google has announced the expansion of its Google Pay payment service to more devices. Google Pay is now available to access on the web for iOS and desktop, which means that the browsers on both the platforms, namely, Google Chrome, Safari, and Firefox will integrate Google Pay for any transactions. Google earlier this year merged Android Pay with Google Wallet into a single entity called Google Pay.                                              
In a blog post, Google’s Product Management Director for Consumer Products, Gerardo Capiel, announced that besides adding new platforms for Google Pay, saving a credit/debit card to Google Pay on a Pixelbook will make it accessible on the web across devices. Google Pay will not require the user to input any payment details again once they have been saved. While checking out on Chrome or other browsers, Google Pay will automatically fill in all the billing and shipping details.

The most interesting feature that Google Pay brings to the disposal of the customers is the ability to update the details of the new cards if the old ones have been misplaced or lost. As soon as the user’s bank issues a new card, Google Pay will fetch the details automatically, so he/she doesn’t have to manually enter them again. Same is the case with the cards that have expired. On the issuance of a new card by the bank, the same will be automatically updated on Google Pay.

Google is also rewarding the users who use Google Pay app on their Android devices. There are rewards for making payments, as well as for inviting friends via referrals. Google Pay is now live in the US, Canada, Poland, Russia, Australia, and the UK.

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Instagram releases Feature For Hiding "Bullying" Comments

Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place over digital devices like cell phones, computers, and tablets. Cyberbullying can occur through SMS, Text, and apps, or online in social media, forums, or gaming where people can view, participate in, or share content.
Cyberbullying includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else. It can include sharing personal or private information about someone else causing embarrassment or humiliation. Some cyberbullying crosses the line into unlawful or criminal behavior.
                                           
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The most common places where cyberbullying occurs are:

Social Media, such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter
SMS (Short Message Service) also known as Text Message sent through devices
Instant Message (via devices, email provider services, apps, and social media messaging features)
Email.

Instagram unveiled its latest plan to combat online bullying this week when it announced a new filter that hides comments that attack a person’s appearance, character, or threatens a person’s wellbeing or health
The anti-bullying filter is automatically on, and alerts Instagram to repeat problems with bullying, along with hiding bullying comments.

“It’s been our goal to make (Instagram) a safe place for self-expression and to foster kindness within the community. This update is just the next step in our mission to deliver on that promise,” Instagram co-founder and CEO Kevin Systrom said in a blog post this week.
The new filter is an addition to last year’s offensive comment filter, which hides “toxic and divisive” comments aimed at “at-risk” groups.

Bullying prevention charity Kidscape called the measure a “positive step” but said that technology such as this filter isn’t the sole solution to online bullying. “A filter is no substitute for talking about what is acceptable and what is not, supporting each other and role modelling”, the charity said in a Tweet.

"Teaching young people about healthy communication online and reminding that there is a person at the other end of their message is important in building a safer online environment. It is also vital for adults to be role models and to demonstrate kindness and respect. While technology has a role to play, every person plays a part in making the internet a healthier, safer place" Kidscape said in a statement to Happiful.

Although bullying is not the fault of the person being bullied, Kidscape recommends the following steps to prevent bullying:
Don't respond: Never get involved in arguments online, as this will only escalate the situation and make it much worse.

Block the bullies: You can easily prevent cyberbullies from being able to contact you by following our cyber safe settings.

Increase your privacy: Unfortunately, some people use the internet to cause harm to others. Don't let this small group ruin your experience, but be sensible with the information you share. Follow our privacy guidelines to keep yourself protected.


Respect your online presence: It is easy to forget that the cyber world is the real world, and what you share online can have huge consequences. It is therefore so important that you always think before you post!
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Apple AirPods Are Wonderful: See details about the New Improved Apple AirPods.

AirPods will forever change the way you use headphones. Whenever you pull your AirPods out of the charging case, they immediately turn on and connect to your iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, or Mac. Audio automatically plays as soon as you put them in your ears and pauses when you take them out.
                                           
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With 24-hour battery life and groundbreaking ease-of-use and intelligence, AirPods are wireless headphones unlike any other.

After meeting with several companies in Asia, an analyst from Barclay suggests Apple AirPods unit shipments will likely hit 30 million sales in 2018. Apple is reportedly planning to release new AirPods with Siri integration and the new Apple AirPods will be water resistant. According to reports, these wireless earphones will come with better noise cancellation.

Siri integration is important because it will significantly change the way people use the voice assistant on AirPods. The new model coming later this year or in early 2019 will have always-on Siri functionality. It means users won’t have to tap the earphone to activate the voice assistant. With just a command “Hey Siri”, the voice assistant will start working. It is the same way how people activate Siri on an iPhone and a HomePod speaker without having to physically tap the device.

Apple has also designed an upgraded Bluetooth chip for the new AirPods and this chip will be managing wireless connection on the earphones. The current model of AirPods sports a chip called W1 and with the Apple Watch last year, the company introduced its own chip named W2.
Water resistant AirPods will not survive if you submerge them in the water, but they are likely going to survive splashes, just like how the iPhone 8 does. There’s still no official word about the same. But Apple has already designed smartwatches that can be submerged into the water, so it’s too early to say the company won’t do the same with updated AirPods.

After iPhone, wearables account for the speedy revenue growth for Apple and the company is expecting this category to grow in the future. Apple already confirmed it will release an upgraded version of the AirPods case. These cases will enable wireless charging for the Apple AirPods and just like how iPhone X users charge their phone, AirPods cases will do the same. Apple is also working on AR headsets and the company will likely introduce the product sometime in 2020.

The updated Apple AirPods will reportedly come with noise-cancellation. If it happens, we can either see a minor change in the design or maybe the company will make sure adding extra comfort and better fitting by making some changes in the earbuds. There are fewer chances of active noise cancellation this time.

People are satisfied with the current model of the AirPods, but adding more comfort and grip to make AirPods fit for everyone, and making improvements and design changes is great. No need of physical tapping will surely make users’ life easier because it will reduce the risk of accidental drops. Giving AirPods splash resistance ability will help joggers, gym goers, and travelers who don’t want the costly pair to be damaged by sweat or raindrops.

As far as the release of improved Apple AirPods is concerned, some analysts suggest Apple will release the new AirPods in early 2019. There are also reports about the new model of the wireless headphones coming in late 2018. Since Apple has not confirmed anything about the release of its new AirPods, it’s better to take such information with a pinch of salt.

What seems believable and realistic is Apple will introduce an improved version of AirPods. The company has seen tremendous growth in demand for its wearables and AirPods play a major role in this area. In terms of delivering true wireless music experience, these earphones stand strong and account for 85 percent of total wireless headphone sales in the U.S. It is huge in itself.

All the groundbreaking things AirPods can do are driven by the custom-designed Apple W1 chip. It produces extremely efficient wireless for a better connection and improved sound. And the W1 chip manages battery life so well, you can listen for 5 hours on a single charge.2 It’s performance that’s unheard of in a device this small.
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