You’ve seen the commercials and probably wondered “Is this Wish app for real or a scam?” The only way to find out is to shop and buy. I did it so you don’t have to.
Pop-up ads on a smartphone are THE WORST! Google has just removed several QR Code reading apps for launching a barrage of pop-up ads on the smartphones that installed them. The offending apps were identified by Sophos Security.
Sophos discovered then reported the apps to Google but not before some of them were downloaded over 500,000 times. The apps include readers and scanners released by VIP Boy, TDT App Team, VN Studio 2018 and smart.sapone.
Sophos reports the apps would lie quietly for a while, not taking any action after it was installed, but later would paste numerous spammy ads on the screen.
QR Code readers and scanners use the smartphone’s camera to read a special bar code that will open webpages or download images. These are quite popular in both the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store.
Sophos said in addition to sending pop-ups, some of the apps would send notifications, including clickable links.
I can’t think of a reason anyone would want or need to download an app from a company they’ve never heard of to scan QR or barcodes or to use the phone as a compass or flashlight because most phones today have those features built in. Google also has its own code reader Google Goggles that will also detect photos and objects and send related information about them.
Android device owners should pay attention to fake or malware-infected apps in the Google Play Store. While Google says it reviews apps before placing them in the Play Store it has run into problems with bad apps several times in the past. Over 2017 Google had removed over 700,000 bad apps for privacy or malware concerns.
The problem with bad apps is not exclusive to Android and the Google Play Store. Apple has had to remove bad or spammy apps but not nearly to the degree they’ve plagued Google.
If you are an Android device user, it’s a good idea to install mobile security. Sophos has its own software for Android devices. Once installed, Sophos Mobile Security will scan the phone’s storage, looking for apps that may spread or install malware or steal information from the user. If it detects a threat it prompts the user to delete the app.
It is also a good idea to only download Android apps from the Google Play Store. Although it does not catch every bad app before it appears in the store it is much safer than downloading apps from other websites or emailed links.
It’s one of the first things we learn, how to color. Now, 40-50 years later, grown-ups are buying crayons and coloring books again.
And one app is almost as good as the real thing.
My apologies for not getting this podcast published last week. We’re looking at how to save money with technology, the old fashioned way. Putting some aside for later, hay in the barn, retirement.
And, a bonus, my favorite calendar app for iOS. Sunrise, my previous fav is going to set in August so I had to start looking for a replacement. I think I found it.
Wake up for the next few minutes, I’m going to help you sleep!
Tell me you didn’t just say that headline with the Pink Panther theme. You will now.
Apps that died far too soon. Where do they go when they die?
We’ve all got them, tons of old photos taken with old cameras. The pre-digital camera/smartphone days when every photo we took came on paper. (anyone under the age of 20 have no idea what we’re talking about)
Here’s how to start an assembly line and easily convert all of those photos to shareable files in one afternoon.
Finally, a keyboard app worth downloading.
If you’re an iPhone/iPad user, check out Word Flow. It solves the problem of texting and typing on a large phone.
The next time you go to a wedding or graduation check out the number of cameras being used. Easily a thousand photos can be taken by people at one of these events with DSLR cameras and smartphones. Wouldn’t it be great if everyone could share the photos they take in a large community photo album?
The best way to do this is in Google Photos. Here’s how to set it up and create your own photo album.
This time last year only 14% of soon-to-be-graduating college seniors had a job lined up or at least some idea of where they’d be working after graduation. I suspect the same is true this year.
I spoke to several college students today about their one biggest concern. This time of year you might think it’s term papers, GPA or final exams, but each student I asked gave a one word answer: Job.
LinkedIn killed a great feature and launched a pretty good one on Monday. LinkedIn for Students. Here’s what it does and why it isn’t as good as the app it killed.