Monthly Archives: June 2013

Privacyfix: Clean out your YouTube watch history

Posted 8 days ago by Jim Brock

Did you realize that YouTube keeps a history of the videos that you’ve viewed, whether on or when embedded across the web?

Having that history can be convenient to re-find something you’ve already seen. Your history can also help YouTube and Google personalize your video recommendations. Of course, Google also uses the information to select the ads that you see.

But your viewing history might include videos you don’t want associated with your profile. Your view history might also be inadvertently available to hackers or people who share your computer or devices.

Fortunately, Google leaves that choice up to you, by giving you the power to edit or completely clear your viewing history, and to pause it so that future video views don’t accumulate in your history.

We’ve just added this as a new privacy setting within Privacyfix, but you can also go directly to the page where you can manage it.


Summer Travel Mobile Safety Tips

Posted 18 days ago by Omri Sigelman

We all love to travel and get away somewhere in our summer months to recharge the batteries and relax with gentler pace of life…or not, if you’re someone who prefers high-octane activity.

Whatever your getaway of choice, it’s important to remember, particularly as we approach the main holiday season for many parts of the world, to keep safe.

Think of it like this: When you take valuables with you on the road, you protect them. You use a padlock on your baggage, keep jewellery in the hotel safe and keep expensive items like tablets close to hand.

But it’s important to remember that as you travel with your tablet or smartphone, the device itself isn’t the only valuable you’ve brought with you. As these devices have become the cornerstones of our digital lives it’s important to remember that when you travel, you take your data with you.

Much like your baggage, there are simple, cheap and easy steps you can take to make sure that nothing goes wrong while you are out in the big wide world.

Try a Tech Free Holiday:

The most obvious place to start when it comes to protecting your data when you travel is to leave it behind. Have you considered having a tech free holiday? Leaving your tablets, phones and laptops behind?

Even if you want to take your tech with you, try and make concessions about how many of your devices you need to bring. After all, a wallet that’s safe at home can’t be lost in an airport!

Watch out for Wi-Fi

If you’re taking advantage of public Wi-Fi, make sure it’s from a trusted source. Insecure, public connections can often be fakes where the data you send and receive is monitored by opportunists and your personal information can be extracted.

Back up!

Backing up your data as you travel can be a lifesaver if something happens to your equipment. Take advantage of any secure connections by backing up any work, pictures or other files you may have added since your last backup.

Nothing ruins a trip like losing your happy memories!

Public Computers:

Be very careful about what you do when using a public computer in an airport or internet cafe. You can never be sure about what programs are on the system and how safe your data is.

Some things to avoid:

  • Online Banking
  • Making online purchases
  • Logging into important online accounts (medical etc)

Lastly, be sure that every time you use a public computer you successfully log out of any accounts you access. The last thing you want is a stranger sitting down after you and having access to your Facebook account!

Get protected:

If you are traveling with a smartphone, laptop or tablet computer, it’s essential that you protect your device and your data.

Crooks can be smart and having a password on your iPhone is no guarantee that your data and saved passwords won’t fall into the wrong hands.

AVG Antivirus for Android is FREE and easy to use and can help keep your phone or tablet free from malware and viruses.

We know that there are few things worse than losing your mobile when traveling. It’s often your lifeline to your family, social life and can be a one-stop guide to wherever you need to go.

That’s why we included powerful remote locking and locating functions to help you recover your phone or tablet if you lose it while out and about.

There’s even a worst case scenario remote wipe function so that you can be sure that even if your device is stolen, your data will stay perfectly safe.

If you are traveling and want to protect your device and your data, download AVG Antivirus for Android now and keep your belongings and your personal data safe.

(For a few dollars you can purchase AVG Pro)

Ten things you should know about mobile security

Posted 32 days ago by Omri Sigelman

Everyone knows about the stratospheric growth of mobile usage throughout the world, but what is often overlooked is that as smartphone use is growing, so are the threats targeted at mobile users.

Technology research firm Gartner is predicting that Smartphone sales in 2013 will hit 1 billion units, and while consumers clearly love them, there’s a lack of awareness of just how much information they could stand to lose if their device gets hacked or compromised.

Consumers still seem to be unaware that their smartphone is really a  little pocket computer which stores a wealth of information, such as a contact’s details in your phonebook, emails, sometimes even corporate data or business intelligence, and mobile online banking, and that’s forgetting for a moment the trove of personal information contained in photos, apps and games, email and social media accounts.

Your smartphone really is your digital world in a handy device that makes phone calls as well and with it comes a level of security risk nearly comparable to your laptop or home PC, just without the same amount of data stored on the hard drive!

So here are some stats that may make you sit up and think a bit more about mobile security.

  1. In Q4 2012, AVG’s Threat Labs detected close to 4 million mobile threats, many of which were designed specifically for Android™ devices, which currently is the most popular mobile platform. The most common Android malware app out there today is is a simple compass tool and the most prolific type of mobile attack is PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs), along with app repackaging, malicious URLs and smishing (phishing with SMS).
  2. An AVG study in the US and UK  this year found that one in four mobile customer’s stores intimate photos or videos on their smartphone or tablet.
  3. 70% of mobile users are unaware of security features that will allow them to remotely wipe or delete data if a device is stolen or lost, according to the AVG study.
  4. Most mobile threats are detected in Russia (14%), then Thailand (8%) and UK (7%), according to AVG Quarterly Threat Report, Q4 2012
  5. Last year, AVG detected a type of malware called Zitmo, (aka Zeus-in-the-mobile), which is a form of man-in-the-mobile attack. This is sophisticated malware that side-steps the two-step authentication required to complete mobile banking transactions and so allows cyber criminals to gain access to your bank accounts.

Here are some tips to help you keep your mobile safe and secure.

  • Banking Apps: If you do use an online banking app, ensure you only use the official app provided by your bank. Download the app from official app stores only and not from unknown sources, that could lead to your device becoming compromised by hackers.
  • Emails and SMS messages: Be wary of clicking on links in email or SMS messages. As a rule, do not respond to unsolicited messages on your phone.  Remember: your bank will never email you a message that asks you to disclose your personal PIN number or full password.
  • Passwords: Ensure you set up a password or PIN properly to protect access to your device.
  • Avoid Public Wi-Fi Networks:  Tempting as it maybe avoid public wifi, particularly for making sensitive transactions, such as online banking.  Any time before you log into your account, make sure you are not connected to public Wi-Fi. If you are using a smartphone, disable the Wi-Fi and switch to a cellular network.
  • AntiVirus:  Make sure you have downloaded a decent anti virus program for your smartphone and consider using a reputable brand, such as AVG’s free AntiVirus for Android devices.