Monday, January 19, 2015

Log into Gmail with Biometric Application – No Passwords or PINS – Increased Security

Secure Gmail Login Using Liveness Detection

The 1U app is a biometric application by Hoyos Labs that allows you to log into your online accounts using your eyes, face and body movements. As we move into the future, companies like Hoyos Labs are working hard to improve online security with state-of the-art technology, the goal is to eliminate the use of login passwords and PINS, which can be easily sniffed by malware on a compromised computer. Every time you type in your password on a browser or application, you are taking a risk from malicious password interceptors that may be hiding on your computer, waiting for the right time to strike.

You can use the 1U app to log into your Gmail account for added security. The app will provide an extra layer of security, stopping any unauthorized person from logging into your account, even if they have your password. To log into Gmail or any online account such as Facebook, you will need a smartphone, an Android device or iphone.

Instead of storing your passwords on a server or browser, which is very risky, the 1U app encrypts your password and stores it on your mobile phone. Your biometric profile which is used to recognize your eyes, face and body movements is also encrypted and stored on your phone. Storing the encrypted data on your phone is much safer than querying the information from a server.Hoyos Labs uses a very strong encryption, the 571bit Elliptic Curve Cipher, which is better than advanced systems used by the military.

Biometric Login Demo
To begin using the app, you must first enroll your biometrics. This involves capturing your face and eyes using face recognition software that comes with the app. It’s as easy as taking a selfie, use your mobile phone camera to capture your facial features. The important component of the app is a feature called Liveness detection. Isn’t there a possibility of someone hacking your phone using your videos or selfies? It seems Hoyos Labs is aware of this possibility, that’s why they have incorporated Liveness Detection to prevent the selfie hack.

Liveness detection is based on unique detailed differences observed between live biometrics and video/image-based biometrics. This allows the system to identify spoof biometrics which may be used by someone trying to hack into your account. In other words the system can differentiate between a live human (you) and a photo/video of you. An attacker who has access to your face photos/videos might match your biometric profile positively but a liveness detection will fail, denying the attacker entry to your account.

After enrolling your biometrics, you can add your online accounts [Gmail, Facebook, Amazon etc], you can even log into your bank account online. The app can support over 15,000 websites. Sync your mobile phone with your desktop, to allow you to log into websites on your desktop browser.

Mobile Phone Requirements:
-          Must have a motion sensor (an accelerometer)
-          Must have 3G or higher
-          Must have front camera
-          Android phone or iphone
-          Rooted android phones and jail-broken iphones will not work with the app
Desktop Requirements:
-          Windows 7,8
-          Mac OSX 10.7+
-          Compatible browsers: Firefox,IE9+,Google Chrome, Safari

To begin using the 1U App biometric login app, download the app, install it on your mobile phone and follow the instructions:


1U App for Android and iphone

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Save Data with Opera Max App for Google Android Phones

Opera is a software company that is well known for its innovative Opera Browser that makes use of data compression technology to reduce the size of files downloaded on your browser. When you browse a website, you are actually downloading the pages, feature-rich websites can quickly eat up your data plan especially if you have limited megabytes.

Data Gone Fast

How to Save Data with Opera Browser

If you are on a desktop browser, you can activate Opera Turbo to reduce the size of files downloaded on your device. Select the option on the drop-down menu of the top left tab.

Opera Turbo

If you are using a mobile phone, you should have Opera Mini installed on your phone, and make sure you change the image quality to “Low” under the settings. This will allow you to save data. If you choose a high image quality, you will waste a lot of data, the difference is noticeable.

Smartphones use a lot more data than standard GSM cellphones.If you have an Android mobile phone, you can minimize data usage by lowering the image quality on your Opera Mobile browser. Go to your browser, click menu on the bottom left side of your screen >> Tools >> Settings, and select a Low resolution for your images.

The data saving methods above only work for browser-based activity, they will not work on applications that you have installed on your phone. Many people are surprised how they have used so much data on their phones despite using a few applications. If you want to use an application like Facebook on your phone without consuming a lot of data, then you should log into Facebook straight from your Opera Mini browser to benefit from data compression technology. Applications like Facebook can consume a lot of data within an instant if you are not aware. It all depends on the richness of the content, is it high quality, low quality or average. New technologies like webp ,a web format which strives to maximize compression while enhancing or maintaining picture quality are being adopted by entities such as Google,Facebook and many other websites. At the present moment, only Google Chrome and Opera support webp.

Opera Max for Android

The best way to save data on your Android phone is to install the Opera Max app. Compared to Facebook, Whatsapp doesn’t consume a lot of data. However, most applications (e.g. games) can consume a lot of data and leave you wondering how you used that amount of data in a short period of time. Opera Max is an application by Opera that controls the amount of data used by your apps and mobile browser. It can reduce the size of content downloaded on your phone (e.g. videos, app content , browser content and images) by more than 50%.The developers claim the app can compress a 10mb video by as much as 70%.If you are annoyed by buffering and slow web-surfing issues, Opera Max can speed up mobile video playback and improve your surfing speed.

Some of the features of Opera Max are listed below:
-          See the amount of data used by each app
-          See the amount of data used  and saved on a daily basis
-          See the amount of data used and saved every month
-          Block apps which consume a lot of data

Opera Max will allow you to see apps that are using data although you aren't using them. Just by checking the usage statistics, you will be able to take action on apps that are running on your mobile.
This data saving android app is currently available in 16 countries, and it will be rolled out to other countries in due course.

Download the App

Opera Max

Friday, January 16, 2015

Beware of Tech Support Scams for Gmail, Netflix, AOL, Facebook, Yahoo etc

By making use of online advertising platforms such as Google Adwords, Facebook Advertising and Yahoo Ads, fake technical support services have been scamming people out of their money for many years, until last year on 14 May 2014 when the advertising giants decided to ban tech support websites from advertising on their platform.

At least 2400 fake tech support sites were taken down after the concerned advertising platforms were inundated with customer complaints. Investigations revealed that the scammers posed as support staff for legitimate companies like Netflix, Facebook, Google and AOL. The scammer will put a paid advertisement on the internet where potential customers can find the advert by browsing the sponsored search engine results or alternatively the potential victim will come across a display ad like the one you see on Facebook. An example is shown below:

Fake Ad for Gmail Tech Support Scam 

Users who are looking for support or seeking to solve issues with their online account will call the fake tech support company for help. As you can see above, the scammer gives a toll-free phone number for instant chat on the Ad offering “instant online solutions” by “certified technicians” who are there 24/7 all year long to "secure your data in a safe medium".

The wording gives you the feeling that you are working with professionals who can solve your account issues instantly. When you call the number, the “representative” will offer you a solution to fix your problem. He or she may tell you to pay with your credit card or they can convince you to download a file or install some software immediately on your computer.

If you send money, they will pretend to solve the problem and you will not hear from them again. If you download the file onto your computer or install the software, then you have just been infected with some malware that will steal your data and send it to the scammer for criminal purposes.

The aim of the scammers is to get as much information as they can from the victim they are talking to. They will try to extract sensitive details like your password, try to charge your credit card online, sell you a product or make you install some software that will capture your computer keystrokes.
Scammers may also cold-call you instead of putting Ads on the internet .Read This >>> So Google Called You?

Fake Email - Netflix Tech Support Scam

Besides using Ads and cold-calling, scammers may send you a fake Email that seeks to address your account issues. For example, there have been reports of Gmail users receiving fake emails purporting to be from Netflix Technical Support. The email, complete with a Netflix logo informs you that your account has been suspended and you are required to regain access by calling a specific number that is given in the message.

Even worse, the scammer may send a phishing email that will download a malicious file on your computer when you click the link.To get an insight into tech support scams, read the Malwarebytes blog

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