Facebook and Android under increased security threats

facebook spamNoticed an increase in sleazy posts by your Facebook friends? A new report reveals their lewd natures aren’t entirely to blame. According to AVG Technologies, Facebook users have been subjected to a huge increase in PUS (potentially unwanted sites) over the last 12 months.

“These sites typically lure victims by pretending to offer ‘seedy’ or perhaps morbid video with titles such as ‘OMG, you won’t believe what this teen did on camera’ or ‘OMG, you won’t believe what this teacher did to his student.’” Sure, you might think that anyone gullible enough to click on one of these links and complete the ensuring survey that requests far too much information deserves the consequences. But you should still be aware of the threat, especially if you have younger kids using the site.

And of course it doesn’t only hijack the victim’s information, it then reposts the link through his profile and lets it virally spread through Facebook. Attacks of this nature are on the rise: Last year, this type of malware would infest Facebook an average of once a week and take down 200k-300k users. Now, these things are attacking the site nearly every other day. Facebook is also responsible for 1.76 percent of spam messages in the first quarter of 2011.

Why is it getting easier and more prevalent? AVG rationalizes that the trust that comes with your social network doesn’t help, and that the increase in applications and people installing them is also a major source of malware on the site.

But Facebook isn’t alone: Android has also experienced a rash of security threats lately. The huge jump since the last half of 2010 makes sense, considering the swift rise in the OS’ rank. Unfortunately, malware targeting the Android platform has outpaced even its popularity with consumers. AVG believes that phones, like Facebook, also provide a “false sense of security,” making the process even easier for cybercriminals. That, along with Android’s open source platform “provides fertile ground for hackers and cyber criminals.” How can you protect yourself? Start by remembering that the thing in your pocket or purse really is a computer and can be subject to the same threats.

Product Review

Fascinating Finney phone is crypto in a nutshell: Exciting, but also terrifying

The Sirin Labs Finney phone is to cryptocurrency what the iPhone is to Apple Pay. It facilitates the payment, processing, and exchanging of cryptocurrencies on a smartphone, and surprisingly does it in a user-friendly way.
Home Theater

The best movies on Netflix in December, from 'Buster Scruggs’ to 'Roma'

Save yourself from hours wasted scrolling through Netflix's massive library by checking out our picks for the streamer's best movies available right now, whether you're into explosive action, witty humor, or anything else.
Movies & TV

The best shows on Netflix, from 'Haunting of Hill House’ to ‘Norsemen’

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.
Gaming

These are the best weapons for taking down mutants and bandits in Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus is a very difficult game, and choosing the right weapons is key for surviving the post-apocalyptic Russia that 4A Games has created. These are the best weapons in Metro Exodus.
Product Review

Samsung's Galaxy S10 phones are its most refined yet. Be prepared to pay up

Samsung has unveiled its lineup for its most popular smartphones, and it includes the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus. The two flagship phones boast hole-punch cameras, fingerprint sensors embedded in the display, and beefier batteries.
Mobile

Folding smartphones hinge on the success of the Samsung Galaxy Fold

The Samsung Galaxy Fold has arrived, and it goes on sale soon. Folding out from a 4.6-inch display to a tablet-sized 7.3-inch display, this unique device has six cameras, two batteries, and special software to help you use multiple apps.
Mobile

Adobe Premiere Rush CC is coming to the Samsung Galaxy S10 this year

The Samsung Galaxy S10 boasts a number of hardware improvements over previous Samsung phones, but it also offers a few software improvements too. Adobe Premiere Rush CC, for example, is coming to the Samsung Galaxy S10 later this year.
Mobile

Samsung Galaxy S10 vs. S10 Plus vs. S10e vs. S10 5G: Which should you buy?

With four stunning Galaxy S10 phones to choose from, Samsung is bombarding us with choice, but which one should you buy? We compare the S10, S10 Plus, S10e, and S10 5G in various categories to find out exactly how they differ.
Wearables

Samsung's new Galaxy Watch Active can track your blood pressure

Looking for a new fitness buddy? Samsung just launched the Galaxy Watch Active and the Galaxy Fit, two new wearables with a raft of fitness-focused features that'll keep you moving and get you down the gym.
Mobile

From folding phones to 5G -- here's everything we saw at Galaxy Unpacked

Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked event treated us to a real parade of technological excellence, from folding phones to new fitness wearables. Here's everything we saw at Galaxy Unpacked on February 20.
Mobile

Google’s radical Gmail redesign is finally rolling out on Android

Google is slowly but surely giving its apps a refresh, modernizing them and ensuring that they're easy to use. The latest app to get a redesign is the Gmail app for Android, which has been redesigned with a few tweaks.
Mobile

The best Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus cases to protect your $1,000 phone

Can't get enough of big phones? The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is absolutely up your alley. But it's still fragile, and damage is easily gathered through normal life. Protect it with the best Galaxy S10 Plus cases.
Mobile

Samsung Galaxy S10 vs. Galaxy S9: How much better is Samsung’s new flagship?

You'd naturally expect the Samsung Galaxy S10 to be better than last year's S9, but just how do the two phones differ? We break down the specs and compare Samsung's flagships in various categories to pick a winner.
Product Review

The Galaxy Watch Active is the right size for you, no matter how big or small your wrist is

Launched among a massive array of other new products, the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active could easily have been missed at Galaxy Unpacked 2019 -- which would be unfortunate. This is a sensibly designed, correctly sized smartwatch suitable for…