Most people would be truly alarmed if they understood how easily criminals can hack into their cell phones and retrieve personal and potentially damaging information. Criminals today have devices that allow them to hack into your cell phone by just dialing the number. In fact, with this technology, they can also listen to your calls, read your emails, text messages, access your photos and any other information you store on your phone. They can even retrieve your  password to your online bank account. For this very reason it is important to learn about security for mobile phones.

What makes this situation more frightening is the fact that phone hacking instructions can be found on the internet for any dishonest person to access. Therefore, it is crucial for people to to set up security for mobile phones. In this past year alone, more than a billion cell phones have been hacked due to the fact that they were unprotected, according to experts. Most cell phone owners weren’t even aware they could install security for mobile phones.

Today, cell phones have become so smart – they are more like computers than phones. This has left them wide open to hackers who now have good reason to want to hack unprotected cell phones. Before a person is even aware their phone has been hacked, the criminal has access to all their private information. This is why security for cell phones is so important for users.

Another common hacking method, also known as “the man in the middle,” allows a criminal to hack into a mobile phone’s operating system and then reroutes all the data to a third party who is just sitting there waiting to utilize stolen information.

Some cell phone hackers can even have a device perform this when a mobile phone is turned off, which makes all mobile phones vulnerable for attack.

Securing your phone from hackers requires multiple steps including creating secure passwords, avoiding public Wi-Fi and diligence in checking links in emails and messages to ensure authenticity before clicking on them.

As part of your overall security plan, we recommend securing phone calls and messages, with end-to-end encryption, ensuring no one other than you and the intended recipient can access the call or message. For information on securing phone calls and messaging, Contact KoolSpan.

Author : Glenn Schoonover

Source : https://koolspan.com/hack-a-cell-phone/

Categorized in Internet Privacy

PALM BEACH, Fla. – President-elect Donald Trump, in the final hours of 2016, restated his doubt about the validity of U.S. intelligence analyses that the Russian government hacked various political organizations with the goal of putting him in the Oval Office.

“I just want them to be sure, because it’s a pretty serious charge, and I want them to be sure,” Trump said in a brief question-and-answer session as he prepared to enter a New Year’s Eve party at his Mar-a-Lago resort.

“And if you look at the weapons of mass destruction, that was a disaster, and they were wrong. And so I want them to be sure,” Trump said, referring to the faulty argument pushed by proponents of the 2003 Iraq invasion that dictator Saddam Hussein possessed banned weapons. “I think it’s unfair if they don’t know. And I know a lot about hacking. And hacking is a very hard thing to prove. So it could be somebody else. And I also know things that other people don’t know, and so they cannot be sure of the situation.”

Trump then stated his belief that extremely sensitive information should not be communicated via computers at all, citing the expertise of his pre-teen son.

“It’s very important, if you have something really important, write it out and have it delivered by courier, the old-fashioned way because I’ll tell you what, no computer is safe. I don’t care what they say, no computer is safe,” Trump said. “I have a boy who’s 10 years old. He can do anything with a computer. You want something to really go without detection, write it out and have it sent by courier.”

President-elect Donald Trump talks to reporters as he and his wife, Melania, arrive for a New Year’s Eve celebration with members and guests at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, on Dec. 31.

When asked what, specifically, he knew about alleged Russian hacking that others did not, Trump said he would reveal his insights into the controversy in due time. “You’ll find out Tuesday or Wednesday,” he said.

The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI this week released a 13-page document outlining how Russian-based hackers stole emails of Democratic officials, which were then released online and to the outlet WikiLeaks in the closing months of the campaign.

Following the release of that report, Trump announced that during the coming days he would meet with U.S. intelligence leaders to discuss Russia’s interference in the election, even though he thought it was better for the country to move on from the election.

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton herself raised the issue of Russia’s involvement during one of the presidential debates. But Trump said it was impossible to know who actually had done the hacking, suggesting it might have been a 400-pound hacker sitting in his bed and, later, that it was someone in New Jersey.

Author: S.V. Date
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-russian-hacking_us_58686f8de4b0d9a5945bc5e9

Categorized in News & Politics

Remember the hit series Mad Men? The television drama focused on the personal foibles of marketing executives on Madison Avenue, but there was also plenty of insight into the marketing strategies used by companies in the mid-1900s.

While the types of marketing strategies we use to snag customer attention may have changed through the years, the goal has not. Marketing is still about finding the best way to get customers interested in our products. What has changed is how we go about doing this.

Thinking outside the box and other great talents

The successful marketer today is much like the polished professional of Madison Avenue in the 1960s in one way: creativity creates opportunity in marketing. Today’s marketers are encouraged to “think outside the box” and find new ways to engage consumers. The ability to do this is the hallmark of a great strategist and will result in successful ad campaigns.

What is different today is that marketers are no longer plugged into a single role. Today’s marketers now must possess a distinctive blend of coding and marketing skills as well as creativity. There is no single, isolated roles for the successful marketer in today’s world.

This brings us to growth hacking.

What is growth hacking?

Growth hacking is the process of experimenting across multiple marketing channels rapidly and simultaneously to identify the most successful ways to grow businesses.

Growth hackers must take on the roles of marketers as well as engineers who grow businesses, product managers who brand products and advertisers who engage customer bases and perform research to identify potential marketing areas.

It’s not Don Draper’s marketing.

Why is growth hacking important to my business?

If you are not considering the roles involved in growth hacking, it is likely that your marketing is falling behind the curve. Your competitors are certainly considering the ramifications of the various aspects of growth hacking, so it is important that you do so as well.

Here are some questions you might want to ask yourself when considering whether your business will benefit from a growth hacking stance in marketing:

  • Do I know the various marketing channels through which my business should be operating?
  • Do I have someone on my team who can successfully handle the technical aspects of my website?
  • Am I using every strategy available, including social media, on a regular basis?
  • Who is branding my products?
  • What is my plan for growth over the next six months, year and five years?

Let’s take these questions one at a time.

Do you know your marketing channels?

It is not uncommon for business owners to be unaware of the marketing channels through which they should be pushing their products. In fact, it is probably more common than not that business owners focus on one or two marketing channels through which they have had success in the past and ignore others.

According to a recent UMass study, “the value of a marketing channel, one of a firm’s market-based assets, is determined not only by the amount of value created during the distribution process, but also by the ultimate value appropriated by the firm.”

What this means in simple terms is that marketing channels have value far beyond the “bottom line” figure of profit that they generate for their users. Things like branding and good will development happen in marketing channels, so focusing only on the actions that bring in the most dollars can be a serious mistake. In the long run, developing multiple marketing channels gives you a way to reach your customers and keep them happy with your products.

Additionally, having multiple marketing channels is a safety net. It allows you to shore up weak areas or weather lean times when one channel does not bring in the profit you anticipated.

How is your tech looking?

Technical support is crucial for today’s marketing strategies. Find someone good and keep that person, whatever the cost. Treat him or her as one of the most valuable members of your team.

Too many people farm out technical work to the cheapest bidder. This is a recipe for eventual disaster with your customers. Not only are today’s customers better at using technology than they were a few years ago, but there has also been a significant paradigm shift in what constitutes “good” technical service. If your website doesn’t work, you will lose customers. It is that simple.

When you’ve hired a good developer have them use Google Search Console and Google Insights to learn what improvements Google suggests for your website.


Do you have a solid SEO plan?

Ranking in search engines such as Google, Yahoo! and Bing for example can bring in a number of leads to your business. Getting started isn’t rocket science but it is highly recommend that you consult with a consultant to map out your strategy.

Joining groups on LinkedIn, Facebook groups, and Forums are another good resource where you can ask questions and network with like-minded individuals.

What about social media?

Social media is the elephant in the room for many companies. You need someone managing your social media on a consistent and regular basis. It is not optional; every successful company today has a strong social media presence.

You cannot buy better branding than a good social media campaign, particularly if your potential customers are young or congregate in a certain spot on the Internet.

On the other hand, a bad social media strategy can be the kiss of death. If you do not know what you are doing with social media, hire an expert. Companies have been taken down by the wrong person writing social media posts and interacting with customers; you are better off avoiding social media altogether than using it incorrectly.

Who is branding whom?

If you are not branding your products, your competitors are. It is that simple. We no longer live in a world where it is enough to run your own successful marketing; you must also secure your brand against attack by anyone who chooses to publish negative information about you.

How can you do this? The simplest way is to monitor your branding at all times and take pro-active steps to ensure that you are placing positive images in your customers’ minds. Be sure to focus on both current and future potential customers.

In addition to creating positive marketing around your brand name you will also want to monitor the internet to make sure that there isn’t anything negative said about your company. One of the tools you can use to do this is called Google Alerts. Google Alerts is a free tool offered by Google that will alert you anytime they find keywords, names, or phrases you enter on the internet.

To sign up you will need to have a Google account. After you sign in it’s as easy as entering your brand name into a text box then clicking a blue “Create Alert” button. After that Google will send you an email when they come across your brand name mention.


Do you have a plan?

Good marketing doesn’t happen by accident. It is the product of a six-month, year, five-year and beyond plan for growth. Be sure you have concrete, measurable goals to compare to your actual results.

The metrics you use to measure success can vary based on your goals. Below are a few measures I like to use.

  • Organic rankings in search engines like Google and Bing are good measures for anyone who is looking to increase website traffic. Moving from position 10 to position 1 or 2 can make a large increase in the number of visitors seeing your listing in search engine results and then clicking through to your website. According to findings from online ad network Chitika, the top result on Google gets about 33% of the traffic compared to 18% for the second position.

  • Number of visitors to your website and from where. When you see an increase in traffic you’ll want to know where it came from. The same goes with sudden decreases in traffic. If you notice any dips in traffic you will want to find out if there is a particular source that is no longer performing and investigate.

  • Bounce rate is an important metric to keep an eye on. If you have a high bounce rate you will want to make sure that (A) you are driving traffic to your page or site that is relevant and (B) your pages address what your visitors are looking for. The best way to do this is to head over to Qualaroo and set up a survey on your site asking people why they are leaving.


  • Conversion rate is an important element that many websites overlook. There are many types of conversion rates, which include landing page conversions, email conversions, etc. To help improve conversion rates it is a good idea to always be testing elements on your website. If you are currently using Google Analytics, testing is free using the experiments link. Setup is rather easy. Simply click on the “Create Experiment” button and follow a few simple steps to get up and running.


  • Goal progress is an important part of any campaign. Each goal set should be SMART and prioritized. SMART goals are specific, measureable, attainable, realistic, and timely.

Growth hacking is a powerful tool if used correctly. Harness the power of growth hacking, and your company can grow beyond your wildest dreams!

Author : Christopher Foerster

Source : http://www.business2community.com/strategy/7-tips-growth-hacking-way-top-industry-01736328#yKSgKFBM0wHfLWlX.97

Categorized in Business Research

A product marketing manager at your company just posted a photo on LinkedIn. The problem? In the background of the image, there’s a Post-It note that contains his network passwords. You can barely see it, but using artificial intelligence algorithms, hackers can scan for the publicly available image, determine there are network passwords, and use them for data theft.

According to data security expert David Maynor, this is not rocket science. In fact, the AI program is easier to use than a search engine. “The AI can identify objects in an image and the environment of the photo, guess at a description of the image contents as well as your likely age, gender, facial expression, and more,” says Maynor. “And these tools are becoming increasingly powerful with every image they scan, learning and becoming more accurate.”

While it might be easy to dismiss sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn as harmless diversions for employees, they reveal a wealth of actionable intel to a hacker.

James Maude, a senior security engineer at the endpoint security company Avecto, told CSO about another troubling development with social media hacks. Hackers can now scan a Twitter feed to find out information about an employee’s preferences and tastes. If that same marketing manager posts all day about his new iPhone 7, the hacker can then create a phishing scam that looks like a product announcement for an iPhone 7 case. Suddenly, the trick is more effective because the hacker knows there is an existing, verified interest.

“The increased targeting of social media and personal email bypasses many network defenses such as email scanning and URL filtering,” says Maude. “One of the most dangerous aspects is that the attacker is manipulating the victim by using employment offers or illicit content, ushering victims to not disclose the incident to their organization’s security team.”

Of course, part of the issue is that social media is an incredible large attack vector -- the largest ever created. Facebook has 1.79 billion users. Twitter has 317 million users. It’s becoming hard to find people who are not using social media in a business setting. Like moths to a flame, hackers know they can find gullible victims who release unusually sensitive data.

Easy hacking?

Social media hackers rely on age-old techniques as well, as security expert Mike Baukes -- the cofounder of IT automation company UpGuard -- explained to CSO. Because sites like Facebook are considered “consumer grade” by many users, employees don’t think as much about security, so they don’t bother with two-factor authentication (say, receiving an unlock code by text). And, employees grant access to countless third-party apps which may not be secure, either.

Baukes says this creates an easy target, especially as users forget which sites they’ve approved as capable of releasing information, posting on their behalf, and connecting to other services. A hacker might not be able to break into a Twitter account, but he or she might be more successful with a dashboard that stores your authentication data in a less secure portal.

Another simple attack is so common it’s likely already happened to many employees. A hacker uses the employee picture from a social media and sends a phishing message. Because you see your own photo, you naturally click. Joseph Carson, the head of Global Strategic Alliances at Thycotic, a secure account management company, says clicking on the email leads the user to a site where they grant access to their login (usually through a fake “password reset”).

What to do

Baukes was quick to point out that most of the top tier social media services like Facebook and Twitter offer two-factor authentication, so employees should be instructed on how to enable and use those features. Next to that, employees also need to be extremely careful about handing out the credentials to any third-party sites. It creates a security nightmare of shared logins.

Maynor says it is important to understand how hacked social media data is used. In the selfie scan example, advertisers might use extracted data such as location and gender for advertising purposes. Employees need to understand that social media information can reveal a treasure trove of data about a company that can be used by hackers for nefarious purposes.

Nathan Wenzler, the principal security architect at AsTech Consulting, says users should be instructed in how to watch for unusual changes to their social media activity. For example, if you normally use Facebook and the service never logs you out, then suddenly starts logging you out for no reason, it could be due to a compromise -- users need to report this change.

Neill Feather, the president of website security company SiteLock and a board member at the Online Trust Alliance, reiterated the concern over third party sites like Tweetdeck or HootSuite. Too often, employees use strong passwords for the main social media site but weak passwords for the dashboards, which is a mistake. Another best practice: Never accept friend requests from people you don’t know. He says, Facebook estimates that at least 2 percent of user accounts are fake. Twitter has reported that at least 5 percent of user accounts are fake, he says.

The temptation is to see social media as an open portal for hacking, and there is some legitimacy to that claim. Trolls, hackers, and posers are crawling all over these sites. Yet, they provide real business value and are not going away anytime soon. All of the experts agreed: Training is key. Users should know how easy it is to fall victim to a simple social media hack.

Source : http://www.csoonline.com/

Auhtor :  

Categorized in Online Research

Everyday millions of people use Google to search for one thing or the other on the Web, but only a handful of those people are harnessing the full potential of the world’s number one search engine. Here’s a collection of hidden tips and tricks to help you get the most out of Google and get more relevant results to your search queries.

If you want to add to these tips, please do so in the comments section below.

1. Search Exact Phrases – If you’re looking for an exact phrase, use quotation marks around the keywords to view results containing that exact phrase.Search_Exact_Phrases.png

2. Exclude a word – If your search terms contain a keyword with several meanings, you can exclude one of the meanings by adding a hyphen (-) before the keyword. 2._Exclude_a_word.png

3. Search a specific domain – You can search within a particular URL by including the operator site:example.com before or after your keywords.


4. Generate similar content – To generate content similar to those found on a URL you already know, use the related: operator before adding the URL.


5. Search for words in text – To retrieve pages where all the keywords appear in the body of the page, use the allintext: operator before the search terms.


6. Search for words in title – Similar to number 5, you can retrieve pages whose titles contain the keywords you’re searching for by using the allintitle: operator.


7. Search for multiple phrases – You can enter more than one query into Google at a time to view pages with one of the specified keywords. Just use a capitalised “OR” to separate the terms.


8. Find news by location – To look for news items emerging from a particular location, use the location:operator, then add the city name.


9. Search by file type – If you’re looking for a specific file on the Web, you can use the filetype: operator to specify the particular document type you’re searching for, and Google will restrict results to pages containing those document types.


10. Forgotten words – An asterisk acts as a wildcard to help you find the missing word in a phrase. You can also get suggestions by using Google’s auto-completion feature. Just type out the full phrase, then delete the word you want to replace.


11. Find a page that links to another url – Using the link: operator, you can find pages that link to another url. This is probably more useful for SEOs who are searching for backlinks to a specific page.


12. Perform calculations on Google Search – You can simply type in the equation and get the result instantly.


13. Find exact sunrise and sunset times in any location


14. Find exact scores of sport games simply by entering the team name or competition.


15. Use Google to determine the local time of any city.


16. Find your public IP address.


17. You don’t need a dictionary; just ask Google.


18. Search for books by your favourite author.


19. And music from your favourite artist. 

20. You can view flight schedules on Google.

21. Google can convert between units.

22. And translate from one language to another.

23. Use Google as a countdown timer.

24. Track your packages by entering any UPS, USPS or FedEx tracking number directly into Google to see tracking information about your package.

25. Use Google to view the weather forecast for different cities.

Bottom Line

By using these hacks you can improve your productivity by searching Google more efficiently and locate the information you’re looking for faster without having to click through multiple pages. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Source : https://www.maketecheasier.com

Author : 

Categorized in Search Engine

Not only can your smartphone be hacked, it can be done very easily without your knowledge.

"At the end of the day, everything is hackable. What I am surprised about is that people sometimes forget that it's so easy to hack into these devices," said Adi Sharabani, the co-founder of mobile security company Skycure, who used to work for Israeli Intelligence. 

Even if a malicious attacker cannot get into your phone, they can try to get the sensitive data stored inside, including contacts, places visited and e-mails.

"It's important to realize that the services your smartphone relies on are much more attractive target to attackers. So for example, the photo leak that happened from iCloud where a bunch of celebrities had their photos posted all over the Internet is the perfect example," said Alex McGeorge, the head of threat intelligence at cybersecurity company Immunity, Inc.

Often, the hack or data breach occurs without the consumer's knowledge, according to Sharabani.

And it's not just consumers that criminals target. With the rise of smartphones and tablets in the workplace, hackers attempt to attack enterprises through vulnerabilities in mobile devices.

Both Sharabani and McGeorge perform attack simulations for clients and find that these hacking demonstrations usually go undetected.

"It's usually very rare that a breach that originated through a mobile device or is just contained to a mobile device is likely to be detected by a corporation's incident response team," McGeorge said.

And Sharibani agrees. He says he's still waiting for someone to call him and say that their IT department identified the attack demonstration. 

"No one knows," he said. "And the fact that organizations do not know how many of their mobile devices encountered an attack in the last month is a problem."

But there is a silver lining, according to the wireless industry.

"The U.S. has one of the lowest malware infection rate in the world thanks to the entire wireless ecosystem working together and individually to vigilantly protect consumers," said John Marinho, vice president of technology & cybersecurity at CTIA, the wireless association. CTIA is an industry group which represents both phone carriers and manufacturers.

Here are the three ways a smartphone is most likely to be breached.

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Unsecure Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi in public places, such as cafes and airports could be unsecure, letting malicious actors view everything you do while connected.

"Someone is trying to gain access to your email, to your password. They are trying to gain access to all of your contacts, who you meet with, where and when. Do you approve? So me, as a security expert, I always click cancel," Sharabani said.

To know if you're on an unsecure connect pay attention to warning message your device is giving you. On iPhones, a warning will come up saying that the server identity cannot be verified and asking if you still want to connect. You will be prompted to click "continue" before you can join the Wi-Fi.

Despite the warning, "92 percent of people click continue on this screen," according to Sharabani.

"Your phone actually has a lot of really good built in technology to warn you when you are going to make a poor security decision. And what we found through our general penetration testing practice and talking to some of our customers is people are very conditioned to just click through whatever warnings it is because they want the content," said McGeorge.

To protect yourself, be careful when connecting to free Wi-Fi and avoid sharing sensitive information.

Operating system flaws

Despite the best intentions of smartphone manufacturers, vulnerabilities are found which could let attackers in.

"We see that the average ratio is that more than one vulnerability being publicly disclosed every day, and 10 percent of those are critical vulnerabilities, vulnerabilities that allow someone remotely to gain access to your device and control it," Sharabani said.

Device manufacturers release operating system updates frequently to protect users. 

"All of those updates have really important security fixes in them and people are worried well maybe this is going to impact how I use my phone or maybe my phone isn't compatible. They need to apply those updates as soon as they come out," said McGeorge.

Experts advise you install operating system updates as soon as they are available. Once updates are released, hackers know about vulnerabilities and attempt to breach out-of-dates devices.

Malicious apps

Applications add functionality to smartphone, but also increase the risk of a data breach, especially if they are downloaded from websites or messages, instead of an app store. Hidden inside applications, even ones that work, could be malicious code that lets hackers steal data.

"The app ecosystem of mobile phones is enormous. Neither Apple nor Google can possibly look through every single app on their store and determine if it's malicious or not," said McGeorge.

To protect yourself, McGeorge advises you limit the number of apps you install.

"The more apps you have increases what we call the attack surface on your phone. What that means is there is more lines of code and therefore there is higher incidence there is going to be a security critical bug in that amount of code," he said.

McGeorge also suggests you think about who the app developer is and if you really need the app.

Skycure's Sharabani suggests you look at the warning messages when installing applications.

"Read those messages that are being prompted to us that sometimes say, 'This app will have access to your email. Would you agree?'" He said. 

Bottom line, according to Sharibani , there is no such thing as being 100 percent secure. But there are many ways to reduce the risk and make it harder for hackers to invade your smartphone.

In a statement sent by e-mail, an Apple spokesman said, "We've built safeguards into iOS to help warn users of potentially harmful content… We also encourage our customers to download from only a trusted source like the App Store and to pay attention to the warnings that we've put in place before they choose to download and install untrusted content."

And Google, which oversees Android said it also has added additional privacy and security controls. 

"Last year, we launched a privacy / security controls 'hub' called My Account. Since then, 1 billion people have used this and just last week we added a new feature called Find your phone. It's a series of controls that enable you to secure your phone (Android or iPhone) and your Google account if your device is misplaced, lost, stolen, etc," a spokesman said in an e-mail.

Source : http://www.cnbc.com/

Auhtor : Jennifer Schlesinger

Categorized in Internet Technology

In a world where everything which your computer can do, can be done on your smartphone, hacking cannot be left behind.

The world is full of smartphones these days. Most people rely on their smartphones and other portable devices to carry out their day to day activities. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that smartphones have taken over laptops in terms of productivity. Thus, it becomes extremely important to know about the (ethical) hacking tools available on your android phone. Who knows, you might need them one day!


Hacking, nowadays, is not something which is the exclusive domain of the “experts”. With the help of a few applications and basic knowledge of the true capabilities of your android phone, you, too, could delve into the world of hacking. So, let’s discuss some of the apps for your android phones which will turn you into a hacker!

1. AndroRat

AndroRat stands for Android Remote Administration Tool. As the name suggests, it is a remote administration tool which is used to control another device even if you have no physical access to that device! Manipulating other devices can be easily done using the app which is quite useful in case you’re away from your device and need it to perform some task. It is also useful in inducing some giggle and amazement amongst your friends and family members!

2. DroidSheep

The word “hacking” for many is hacking into your friend’s social media account for giggles. Or it may be used for even something useful like extracting some important information from someone’s social media accounts. DroidSheep does the job for you. It hijacks the sessions of social media activities carried out on your network. You need the knowledge of the basics of hijacking and by installing the app on your android device you’re all set to ‘hack’ your friend’s online social life!

3. Kill WIFI

This open source ethical hacking app is one of the most popular ones in this field. Similar to the net cut app in Windows, this app is capable of cutting off anyone’s WiFi over your network. Kill Wifi is extremely useful when you have an open WiFi not protected by a strong password. You can cut off the WiFi of the intruder by just a few clicks on your device. This app is easy to use owing to its lucid and interactive interface and easy-to-use tools.

4. SpoofApp

Won’t it be wonderful if you could place a call to your friend phone, but instead of showing your phone number different number flashes on your friend’s phone? SpoofAppis exactly what this app does. Apart from changing your phone number, this app can also change your voice and record your entire conversation! However, you will need SpoofCards to use this app. Overall a nice app for bringing smiles on your and your friend’s face.

5. WiFi Mac Changer

One of the most useful ones, Wifi Mac Changer app changes the MAC address of your device you make your activities almost untraceable. With your rooted android phone, you can change the MAC Address of your device temporarily so that your online activities cannot be traced back to you. The app provides you two methods of changing your MAC Address. One is the easier way which reflects no change in your WiFi settings. The other method is a bit tougher which allows you to enter apps which are password protected and this will reflect the changed address in your WiFi settings.


These apps may not seem very productive at a first glance but with prolonged use, you will certainly realize the potential that these apps possess. Who knows someday you may need to spy upon your friend’s/significant other’s social media account? Or you may need to kick off an intruder from your network. Thus, gear up for the path untraveled and watch your world in an entirely different light using these apps!

Source : www.hackread.com

Author : Ali Raza

Categorized in Social

It was previously announced by Google that the newly developed digital assistant called Google Assistant will only be available for their newly launched Pixel phones. However, there are latest hacks and tricks on Android 7.0 Nougat that allows the non-pixel phones to download and make use of the said Google Assistant.

 Download Google Assistant to Android Phones

Many have been craving for the app aware and voice-controlled Google Assistant that eventually led the white hat hackers in finding ways to bring it to the non-Pixel phones. Although the digital assistant is available in Google Allo, still nothing beats the one that exclusively runs in the Pixel phones.

There are two ways to download Google Assistant to eligible handsets that run Android 7.0 Nougat such as Samsung, Sony, Motorola, Nexus, LG, HTC and others. According to Digital Trends, it is recommended for the users to have sufficient technical knowledge should they attempt to hack their respective phones.

To begin with, tricking Google servers is the first one to go. If the rooted phone has the Google app or newer, Google servers are made to believe that the phone is a Google Pixel XL. Another thing is through using a flashable image which can be downloaded from XDA-Developer site. Full instructions can be found here.

On the other hand, Android 7.0 Nougat hacks and tricks on Google Assistant have apparent risks. These include bricking the device, warranty void that opens the door to malware attacks, messing up on the phone's camera and many others, thus, it's important to take the precautionary steps before attempting to hack the phones.

List of Eligible Handsets for the Nougat Hacks

So far, there are only nine handsets that are eligible for the Android 7.0 Nougat hacks. The list is consolidated by XDA-Developers and it includes the following: Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 4, Moto G 2013 (Falcon), Moto G 2015 (Osprey), One Plus One and Lenovo VIBE K5.

Author:  Shunie Pearl C. Dela Cruz

Source:  http://www.universityherald.com/

Categorized in News & Politics

Love them or hate them, you've likely had an iPhone at some point -- and if not, someone you know has one. Probably a lot of someones. And it really isn't a major surprise, what with all they are capable of handling in our day-to-day lives. Phone, email, texting, tweeting, surfing, banking, planning, photography, music...there is so much available out of the box that many of the hidden features are never discovered by most users.

We've compiled a list of what we think are the most handy tips and tricks to get even more out of your iPhone -- and some of them may actually astonish you. Either because you didn't know you could be doing things much more easily than you do now, or that you didn't know your phone was paying that much attention to you. I honestly didn't know #17 was a thing. I was shocked.

1. Putting Your iPhone In Airplane Mode Will Charge The Battery Considerably More Quickly. Just Be Warned That While This Recharge Sprint Is Active, You Will Not Be Able To Make Or Receive Calls Or Texts.


3. Might Sound Too Good To Be True, But Your iPhone Is Basically An Etch-a-Sketch. If You Mess Up A Text, Email, Or While Editing A Photo, Just Shake It Out And Start Again.
4. Don't Want To Open Twitter To See What Your Favorite Tweeter Is Up To? No Problem. Just Ask Siri "What's Diply Saying?" And She'll Show You A List Of Our Most Recent Tweets.
5. You Can Swipe In Your Text Messages To View Timestamps



6. You Can Control The Scrubbing Speed Of Audio/Video By Moving Your Thumb Down While Scrolling, For More Precise Tuning And Quicker Searching.

7. Add Web Suffixes Like ".com" By Simply Holding The "." Key While Typing In A URL In Your Browser.

8. Your iPhone Can Double As A Level To Help You Hang The Perfect Picture. Just Open The Compass App And Swipe To The Right - BAM! Level Up!

9. By Holding Down The Capture Button In The Camera App, Your Phone Will Take A Series Of Shots So You Can Get The Perfect Picture.

10. While We're Talking About The Camera, You Can Use Your Volume Buttons To Take Pictures Whilst In The App.

11. Oh And Another Thing, You Can Turn Off That Annoying Autofocus By Holding Down On The Screen In Camera Mode Until You See AE/AF LOCK Display In Yellow. This Is Especially Useful When Shooting Panoramic Or Video Footage. 

12. Create A More Complex Password As Opposed To Just The Four-Digit Pin. Navigate To Settings > General > Passcode Lock. Turn Off Simple Passcode. A Keyboard Will Prompt You For Your New Password And Will Do So When Unlocking Your Phone.

13. Instead Of Switching To The Numerical Keypad, Just Hold The 123 Button And Slide To The Numbers You Want. The Keypad Will Return Immediately And You Can Keep Typing.

14. Like Browsing On Your Phone At Night, But Don't Want to Keep Anyone Else Awake? We've Got You Covered. Invert The Display Colors By Going To Settings > General > Accessibility And Turning On Invert Colors. Not Only Will It Cause Less Eye Strain, It's Kind Of Cool To Look At.

15. Guided Access Is A Very Useful Feature, Especially When Letting Children Play With Your Phone. Guided Access Keeps Users From Clicking Or Tapping Somewhere They Aren't Meant To Be (Like Making In-App Purchases). Just Go To Settings > General > Accessibility > Turn On Guided Access.

16. You Can Use Your iPhone Or iPad As A Personal Laptop By Pairing It With Any Bluetooth Keyboard. This Could Be A Lifesaver For Students Or Traveling Business People.

17. And What May Be The Creepiest Thing Your Phone Does? Your Phone Will Figure Out Where You Live, Work, And Frequently Visit And Be Prepared To Share That With Anyone. Go To Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services And Look At Frequent Locations. Spooky!

Source : diply

Categorized in Internet Technology

Do you sometimes wish that your Mac would read your mind and organize all your business notes properly? Do you sometimes waste valuable time, looking for important screenshots and files in your computer? Then try out these three technology hacks for quick and effective solutions to your problems in a jiffy.

1. Boost Your Efficiency With Hotkeys, Keywords And Much More With Alfred:


Do you often spend a lot of time searching for apps or websites you often use? Then check out Alfred – an award-winning productivity app designed exclusively for Mac OS X that gives you greater control over your computer and makes life much simpler. After making some settings, you’ll be able to open what you want within a second.

Here are just some of the many things you can do with Alfred:

  • Find apps and files without even removing your fingers from the keyboard
  • Browse the web with default and custom search keywords
  • Use the Shift key to preview contents of a document without opening it

2. Manage Your Clipboard History With This Handy Tool:

Tired of switching tabs again and again when copying and pasting a list of things? Clipmenu allows you to do so just all at once!

If you’ve been using clipboard, is your clipboard history too cluttered? Are your work notes always disorganized?

Then here’s ClipMenu to the rescue – a free and highly efficient clipboard manager for Mac OS X which allows you to record 8 clipboard types, including image, plain text and much more.

3. Find Your Precious Screen Shots In A Sec With This Quick Hack:


All your screenshots are saved to the Desktop by default but if you take lots of screenshots, finding a particular one might be a difficult task. Fortunately, you can use this trick to change the default screenshot location on your computer. If you make them be saved to Downloads folder, then you can drag the screenshot as the latest download file from the folder in the tool bar.

From now on, be more productive when you switch on your Mac. Share these tips with your friends today!

Source:  lifehack.org

Categorized in Online Research
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