Category : TECHNOLOGY

Four ways hackers can steal your information without knowing it

Technology has been revolutionizing lifestyle in the United States and everywhere else around the world. But as people sit in front of their computers or chatting with colleagues or acquaintances on their smartphones, little do they know that they are making themselves vulnerable to identity thieves looking for ways to steal anything and everything from you.

Identity thieves do not care where they could steal from, whether it’s from a backend office of IT companies in Virginia Beach or the internet lounge of a network support company as long as there are computer networks they would find ways and means to crack it open.

Here are some bits of information you need to know.

On average, hackers are able to mount a cyber attack every 39 seconds, which on a larger scale affects one in three Americans in a year. In 2016, around 95% of networks breached by hackers belonged to three of the top-ranking industries in the US- government, technology, and retail. Small businesses got the most number of cyber hacking attacks at 43%, while 64% of all companies reported having experienced web-based intrusions from hackers. Phishing and social engineering attacked affected 62% of companies, malicious code and botnet attacks among 59% of all companies and denial of service at 51%. Since 2013, there are reportedly 3,809,448 records stolen from breaches every day, when broken down gives an average of 158,727 per hour, 2,645 per minute and 44 each and every second of the day.

Here are some of the most common way hackers can get into your nerves.

Company chat rooms
Yes, you may find it appropriate to share your information or discuss sensitive matters in company chat rooms, but people may be unaware that someone from the group itself can be responsible for leaking out information for personal gain. Remember to always err on the side of caution and avoid critical matters online. If you can’t see the face of the other person you are talking to, then better be on your guard.

Internet cafe
No matter how much security internet cafés may purportedly claim, it is still a public domain and someone could easily slip in malicious software or hardware in a public-access computer. Avoid accessing personal or financial data in an internet café, someone suspicious may be lurking around waiting to get your information from where you are seated.

Social media
Be wary of making public posts on your social media accounts. Even a simple link to a file or image from your computer could provide a gateway for hackers to get into your computer system.

Paper trails
You may think what can a simple invoice or postal envelope do? You might be surprised to know that your name, address, phone number or creature habits can be determined by an invoice or disposed personal data sheet. Better to have a paper shredder when disposing documents or other personal stuff written down on paper.


Firefox OS 2.2 will arrive with the ZTE Open L 4G

Based on its compatibility with 4G networks, the ZTE Open L is slightly more ambitious than his brother, the ZTE Open C . But do not be fooled by its 5-inch screen, as it offers a fairly modest resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. However, what’s behind is what really matters: the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 Cortex A7 4-core processor, which runs at 1.1 GHz. The graphics are based on an Adreno 304 GPU and have 1 GB of RAM ( more .. than before), in addition to 8 GB of internal storage, which is expandable through a microSD port to 16 GB).

It also brings us a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front, perfect for taking selfies. When it comes to connectivity options, we find nothing particularly surprising: the ZTE Open L is compatible with LTE (4G) and has the usual connectivity options: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS, measures 145.5 x 72.8 x 9.4 mm (5.7 “x 2.9” x 0.4 “) and comes with a 2,200 mAh battery.

Unfortunately, ZTE was particularly vague when it came to talking about the availability of this device and only referred to its release date with a terse “soon”.


LG FxO, the transparent smartphone with Firefox OS

Among the large number of variants and gadgets that have already been seen in one of the biggest celebrations related to technology, such as the Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona this week, we must highlight some products that could have been created not only for have presence in the showcases, but also to steal glances from more than one curious.

Thinking about it, the bet of LG offers a quite interesting aspect for your new smartphone called FxO, which is completely transparent and allows users to see their internal components.

In addition to running Firefox OS, the device reminds us of the first generation of Game Boy Color console from Nintendo. It is also important to highlight its start button, which is nothing more than the Firefox logo in golden color.


ZTE Open II arrives at Movistar Nicaragua

The new device ZTE Open II with Firefox OS has made its arrival at the warehouses of Movistar Nicaragua, a team that comes to this country to offer the opportunity to all those people who want to buy a smartphone for the first time.

The ZTE Open II has 256 MB of RAM and 2 GB of internal storage, reinforced with Mozilla’s mobile operating system, which as we know is based on HTML5 and with a Linux kernel, which unlike iOS and Android has open source.

Firefox OS was already available in many Latin American countries but as of Tuesday, our Nicaraguan friends will already be able to acquire a terminal equipped in the operating system.

The equipment has a price of 59.99 dollars plus VAT in Movistar, including a week of free navigation on the mobile internet and a price through a contract that starts at 16.98 dollars plus VAT.


Spice Fire One MI-FX1 is the new $ 38 Firefox OS phone

Earlier this year, Mozilla announced its intention to launch a $ 25 smartphone running Firefox OS. So far they have not fulfilled their intentions, however, India’s smartphone maker, Spice Mobility, has launched a device that comes close to what Mozilla offered.

With a price of approximately $ 38, the Spice Fire One MI-FX1 will be intended for those users who buy a smartphone for the first time and those with a very limited budget. The specifications are nothing special, with some limitations that hover around a low resolution screen and lack of 3G connectivity, but several useful elements such as dual sim functionality, bluetooth and a front and rear camera.

“With the very low-cost Spice Fire One, we focus on converting simple mobile phone users into smartphone users, therefore, they will know the power of the Internet. This partnership with Mozilla shows our commitment to offer the best technological innovation first hand to our customers, said Prashant Bindal, CEO of Spice Mobility. ”

The full list of specifications of the Spice Fire One MI-FX1 are as follows:

  • 1 Ghz single-core processor.
  • 3.5 “HVGA screen (480 x 320 pixels)
  • 2.5G connectivity
  • Self-contained 1.3-megapixel camera.
  • 2-megapixel rear camera.
  • Bluetooth, WiFi support.
  • Dual sim functionality
  • Firefox OS.
  • GPS / Gyroscope.

It comes with some pre-installed basic applications, such as Twitter and Facebook, while others can be installed through the Firefox Marketplace. The photographs shown in this article also show applications such as HERE Maps and AccuWeather installed on the device, however it is not mentioned if they will come with the device or if they will have to be purchased separately through the Marketplace.


ZTE Open II arrived in Movistar Colombia

The ZTE Open II device has landed in Movistar Colombia to delight the technological “partners”, with a price of 118,800 pesos and in black and white colors.

If you are in Colombia and want to acquire this great device equipped with Firefox OS you can visit the official Movistar website for that country.


These are the Firefox OS computers that will be launched in 2014

Today I want to write in a few letters and in summary form the teams that will have Firefox OS in this year 2014 , we know that the information is extensive, but precisely what we want is for all of us to know what is coming for us this year , and nothing better than writing it as a summary.

Firefox OS computers that will be launched in 2014

In collaboration with Spreadtrum will be released a team with Firefox OS whose name is unknown (Code is SC6821), will cost $ 25 ( Watch Video ). – Note: Spreadtrum could also be developing other computers with Firefox OS, which are the SC7710 and the SC7715.

ZTE Open C

ZTE Open II

Huawei Ascend Y300II

Alcatel One Touch Fire C

Alcatel One Touch Fire E

Alcatel One Touch Fire S

Alcatel Fire 7 (Tablet)

So far these are the teams that are known will be released so far this year, and although some were promised for the first quarter, nothing that looms, if we have missed some, do not stop to let us know through the comments;).


[Video] Sony adds a widgets system for Firefox OS

Sony was one of the first manufacturers to offer support and support for the open source mobile platform Firefox OS since it was announced a year ago.

Already last year the same Vice President of Mozilla has admitted that Sony intends to launch a high-end terminal for the new OS, in addition, to have launched an experimental ROM with Firefox OS for the Xperia E.

Sony continues with the evaluation of Firefox OS and has presented on its official blog a new development alternative called “Gadget”, which is very similar to the usual widgets on Android and other platforms. The video released by the company shows the operation and integration of the same in Gaia, the user interface level operating system of Firefox.

The user can add a gadget to the main screen, which is accessed through a menu with a long press on the home screen and also use it to lock the screen, which provides direct access to the main application. You can interact with the application through the gadget, move it on the screen or change its size.

We already know that Firefox OS is an open source operating system and allows anyone who thinks they have a good idea to submit it for evaluation.

On the part of Mozilla, it is known that they are already evaluating this system created by Sony to add it to their next versions of the Firefox OS operating system.


Revealed specifications of all new Alcatel OneTouch Fire

A few minutes ago we wrote about the new devices that will be released with Firefox OS in 2014 and this time we want to bring you a scoop in relation to the specifications of the new equipment we will have available with the Alcatel series, OneTouch Fire.

All devices will be equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with a power that will depend on the market segment in which they are launched.

Alcatel OneTouch Fire C

First of all we started with the Alcatel OneTouch Fire C (which means conscious of the costs), which will have a 3.5 “HVGA screen, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and a VGA camera.

Alcatel One Touch Fire E

The Fire E (which means “elegant”) has a 4.5 “screen, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 5 megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a VGA front camera. It has 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal memory and slot for microSD cards. The Fire C and the Fire E will have a price of 59 and 139 euros, respectively.

Alcatel OneTouch Fire S

The Alcatel OneTouch Fire S (which means “speed”) has a 4.5 “QHD screen (540X950), 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and an 8 MP rear camera with LED flash.

This will be the first Firefox OS device with NFC , its price will be 169 Euros. The Alcatel OneTouch Fire 7 tablet will have a 7 “QHD screen, 1.2 GHz processor, VGA front camera and 5 MP rear cameras, plus 4 GB of internal storage with microSD expansion slot at a price of 79 Euros .


WhatsApp will not reach Firefox OS

Not everything is good news in recent days in relation to Mozilla and its mobile operating system, and this time we come to talk about WhatsApp, because at MWC 2014 it has been reported that the most popular instant messaging application in the world will not be available in the short or medium term for Firefox OS devices, instead, the bet will be LINE, which is already available to download in the Marketplace.

With the absence of WhatsApp for Firefox OS, LINE will be the best of Mozilla and Telefonica.

The reason why this application will not reach Firefox OS is due to a disagreement between WhatsApp and Mozilla, so for now we should stop dreaming about it and start using its alternatives ( Loqui IM and Connecta2 ).

This situation has caused that Mozilla and Telefonica bet with everything to LINE, one of the most popular applications of instantaneous mail, the strange thing of the case would be to see if BBM wants to bet to give a space to Firefox OS between its rows, although it can sound illogical after of having expressed that they will not support Windows Phone because it does not consider it a “popular” enough operating system.

Another alternative that is sounding more messaging is Telegram, but its developers have expressed that they do not intend to launch an official client for Firefox OS, but that their API is still open for developers to encourage them to create a third-party client.