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Android Antivirus Apps are Ineffective, What Next?

I have never seen a working antivirus for my Android Devices but if you think there’s then use the comment section below. It seems like we Android users can’t go a week without one security firm or another producing a statistic illustrating just how much Android malware there is in the wilds of the internet. More often than not, these reports come with a few reminders that the company’s own security suite can protect you from these nasty bits of code, which is true some of the time. However, Android is by its very nature more secure than a desktop computer, so maybe you don’t need these security apps. You’ve probably already got what you need.
The most recent Android malware report says 17% of all Android apps are malware. It was a little bit shocking and upsetting news. This is being widely reported as, “1 in 5 Android apps are malware.” These headlines certainly make it seem like your phone is ripe for infection, but the real numbers are much more nuanced.
As is common with these reports, Symantec is sampling the entirety of the Android application ecosystem. That means apps that are hosted in the Google Play Store, and those that live outside it in alternative app markets and direct download sites. It’s not clear from the report, but I’d bet warez/pirated APKs make it into the data as well. The odds that you’ll come across these apps in your journeys are slim.

Symantec has confirmed that only a very small fraction of malware apps are ever spotted in the Play Store, and they are quickly pulled. Google has an automated system that scans incoming apps in the Play Store to watch for malicious behavior. There’s also a human review process in place for anything that looks even a little bit questionable. Google just started doing this a few months ago, mainly as a way to keep copycat apps and obvious scams from slipping through the cracks.

Google Play Store
We’ve all been programmed by PC malware, which can sneak onto your system simply because you visited the wrong website with a vulnerable browser. These “drive-by downloads” aren’t feasible on Android without a pre-existing infection. On Android, you have to physically tap on a notification to install an APK downloaded from a source outside the Play Store. Even then there are security settings that need to be manually bypassed. The solution pushed by AV companies is to install a security suite that manually scans every app, monitors your Web traffic, and so on. These apps tend to be a drain on resources and are generally annoying with plentiful notifications and pop ups. You probably don’t need to install Lookout, AVG, Symantec/Norton, or any of the other AV apps on Android. Instead, there are some completely reasonable steps you can take that won’t drag down your phone.

What You Need to do Stay Safe?
Your first line of defense is to simply not mess around with Android’s default security settings. To get Google certification, each and every phone and tablet comes with “Unknown sources” disabled in the security settings. If you want to sideload an APK downloaded from outside Google Play, all you need to do is check that box. Leaving this disabled keeps you safe from virtually all Android malware, because there’s almost none of it in the Play Store.
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Apps Verification
There are legitimate reasons to allow unknown sources, though. For example, Amazon’s Appstore client sideloads the apps and games you buy, and many reputable sites re-host official app updates that are rolling out in stages so you don’t have to wait your turn. If you do take advantage of this feature, the first time you do so a box will pop up asking you to allow Google to scan for malicious activity. This is known as Verify Apps and it’s part of Google Play Services on virtually all official Android phones
Users have been rooting their Android phones ever since the first handsets hit the market, but it’s less common these days, as the platform offers many of the features people used to root in order to acquire. Using rooted Android is basically like running a computer in administrator mode. While it’s possible to run a rooted phone safely, it’s definitely a security risk. Some exploits and malware needs root access to function, and otherwise it’s harmless even if you do somehow install it. If you don’t have a good reason to root your phone or tablet, just don’t open yourself up to that possibility.
Android apps also exist that might not be “malware”, but you might not want them on your phone because they snoop through your data. Most people don’t read the permissions for the apps they install, but the Play Store does make all that information available. If you’re worried about privacy, check apps to see if they request things like access to your contacts, SMS sending/receiving, and fine location. If an app has reason to access these modules (like a social networking app), you’re probably fine. If, however, a flashlight app is asking for your contact list, you might want to think again.
It really just takes a tiny bit of common sense to avoid Android malware. If you do nothing else, keeping your downloads limited to the Play Store and other 100% trustworthy sources will keep you safe from almost all threats out there. The antivirus apps are at best redundant and at worst a detriment to your system performance.

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How to Use Google Now to Send Whatsapp Messages

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Have been using Google Now on my Android Smartphones and I found it useful alot. I do use it to send voice messages,voice notes and also for searching google for any keyword. Now there’s an update that adds the ability to send whatsapp messages via Google Now.

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Battery Saving Tips for Android Smartphones

Have already discuss here about some apps for saving Android battery life but today I would be explaining tips and tricks to save more battery. Android smartphone is the popular and most use mobile device all over the world but not all this device have better battery life. Even if you are using an Android device with long lasting battery you can still make your battery last longer than you have been using it before. Today, our discussion would base on what you can do to save more battery on your Android device which simply implies how to improve the battery life of your Android device.

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How to Get APK Files of Installed Apps on Android Devices

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The Android application package file, is the package file format used to distribute and install application software and middleware onto Google’s Android operating system, and certain other operating systems, such as Blackberry 10 Devices with the OS version 10.2.1. When you download apps from the Google Play Store on your Android device, it installs automatically without letting you have access to the APK file but do you know you can get the apk file either for sharing or saving as backup on your device if anything funny happens.

Why You Need the APK file?

Some Android users do install apps from Google playstore and they will think the APK file is of no use. They mostly think that since the app is already installed on my phone, why do I need the APK file again? Anytime Google Play Store installs an app for you and you don’t have the APK file, when you want to change your phone, you will have to download it again. With the APK files of your apps, you are saving your limited internet bundle indirectly and also not all apps are found on playstore. So it’s advisable you have the apk files of installed apps stored on your external memory card.

How Can I get the APK file of your apps

I have different ways to introduce to you so as to get this done but I would only discuss the simple and easy to use ones here.

1. Back up and Restore: This works for ONLY Androids with OS 4.0 and above. There is always a “Back up and Restore” app that is installed on the phone from manufacturer

  • Open the app.

Android backup app

  • Back up the app you are willing to get the APK file.

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  • Open your file manager
  • You will see a folder “Back up”, that is where your backed up APK files are.

If you don’t have the Back up app pre installed, you can always download app back up and restore application and install it.

2. Flash Share/Zender: This app is used to send apps between Android devices. To get your APK file using Flash Share, send the app to a friend through Flash Share and tell the friend to send it back. Open your file manager, flash share folder, app folder and you will see your APK file there. You can download FlashShare app here if you don’t have.

3. CleanMaster App: This is a app for saving more battery by cleaning background running apps but at same time can also be used to get apk files of already installed apps.

– Download and Launch Cleanmaster App

download cleanmaster.apk

– Click on App Manager

– Now mark the apps you need their default apk files

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– Finally click on backup found at bottom left.

-Your apk files would be stored in cleanmaster/backup folder on your SD card.

That would be all for today, let me know if you need any help.

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LG G4 vs HTC One M9 – Comparison with Specifications & Price

LG G4 vs Htc one m9

Both the LG and HTC companies are among the top brands of Android Smartphone since mobile phones started finding its way to the market since 2010. The availability of the latest generation high-end smartphone from injury – the LG G4 – has once again shaken up the smartphone segment in a better way. It will compete head-to-head with the HTC One M9+, which is a slightly different version of the One M9. Shall we talk about this two device today.

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Third-Party Accounts is Now Safer to Use with Gmail

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Google already uses a lot of memory to store emails and now they wanted to allow more mails. With the latest features and updates, Gmail is no more using your entire phone memory. It has updated its services and tried using the minimum space out of your phone and giving maximum benefit. Hence, now you can avail storing, photo taking, sharing benefits with less storage consumption. Have a look at the features and latest services Google is trying to provide to its users.

Updates of Gmail

Google has already updated us with the Google Photos news. You can click photographs, store and share the same snaps through Google Photos. However, Google has advanced its features and spread its security cloak to the users using third party accounts such as Yahoo or Microsoft. With a source link posted on Google Plus, Google announced that it has introduced security features for the Gmail users using Yahoo and Microsoft accounts, for personal or professional terms for emailing.

The Gmail user will not have to access multiple tabs to run through the emails from third party accounts. The new update of Gmail for Android sends an OAuth code to the accounts of third party if any Gmail user wishes to login and access everything under one roof. The OAuth system brings in an additional stage of security to the clients. It is similar to the two-step verification process that almost every Gmail user utilizes to avoid any kind of system breaching. The latest update will include the two-step verification as well as the OAuth process for strong security to the Yahoo and Microsoft accounts.

The Publishing Date

There is no set date for publishing the security system in the market. It can land on your app or device any time. You may have to keep an eye on this update to make its first step through Google App Store. The reports state that the new update of Google using OAuth is soon to roll out with all the bug fixes and improvement in its performance. You can head over to the Google Plus listing or search for the link over the web to understand a little more about the enhanced security system.

The users can now heave a sigh of relief to avoid using multiple accounts for emailing. You do not have to hop from one tab to another if you are using multiple accounts for the same purpose.

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WhatsApp, Skype & Viber – Comparison and Free Download

Whatsapp Skype Viber

Fоllоwіng thе rесеnt past years, ѕmаrtрhоnеѕ hаvе turnеd out to bе must for mоѕtlу еvеrуbоdу аrоund the Wоrld. This іѕ ѕоmеthіng thаt has drаѕtісаllу increased thе numbеr оf аррѕ thаt аrе rolled оut on a mоnthlу bаѕіѕ for smartphones. It is obvious that whеn соmреtіtіоn іѕ аt іtѕ bеѕt, those who bеnеfіt mоrе from the rеѕultѕ are thе end uѕеrѕ оf the рrоduсtѕ.
In thіѕ саѕе, thе іnсrеmеnt in thе numbеr of іnѕtаnt mеѕѕаgіng apps means thаt users wіll be trеаtеd tо ѕоmе оf thе bеѕt whеn іt comes to ѕеndіng mеѕѕаgеѕ as wеll аѕ mаkіng саllѕ. Thеrе іѕ nо nееd tо uѕе trаdіtіоnаl SMS whеn thеrе аrе plenty оf frее apps thаt offer frее instant mеѕѕаgіng thаt іnсludеѕ texts, videos, photos аnd audio recordings.
The tор apps in this field аrе WhatsApp, Viber, аnd Skуре. WhаtѕAрр hаѕ more thаn 800 mіllіоn users whіlе Vіbеr соmеѕ in with more than 516 mіllіоn оn its nаmе, On the other hand, Skуре, being the oldest оf thеѕе аррѕ, has a uѕеr bаѕе оf mоrе thаn 800 mіllіоn users. Thеѕе thrее аррѕ have some fеаturеѕ thаt рull thеm close tоgеthеr; however, there are also a bunсh of оthеrѕ thаt рut them оn different раgеѕ.

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WhаtѕAрр is the сurrеnt app оf choice for many smartphone uѕеrѕ. Thіѕ арр оffеrѕ frее іnѕtаnt messaging as wеll as frее vоісе саllіng. Uѕеrѕ nееd a ѕuіtаblе іntеrnеt соnnесtіоn for thе lаttеr саѕе to wоrk рrореrlу. The right thing wіth this арр іѕ that іt is very еаѕу tо dоwnlоаd аnd ѕеtuр. Uѕіng a phone number, you wіll bе аblе to create аn ассоunt аnd асtіvаtе it ѕо thаt you саn соnnесt with аnуоnе whom уоu have thеіr numbers rеgаrdlеѕѕ оf whеrе they аrе.
WhаtѕAрр Wеb іѕ thе PC vеrѕіоn of this арр. Hоwеvеr, it dоеѕ not ѕuрроrt іOS devices. All other ѕuрроrtеd рlаtfоrmѕ саn be used with the PC client. Hоwеvеr, you will not gеt аll fеаturеѕ аvаіlаblе on thе phone арр. WhatsApp іѕ оnlу frее for thе fіrѕt уеаr аnd аftеr thаt уоu must рау $0.99 annually.
Sіnсе thе vоісе саllіng feature of thіѕ app is still young, it іѕ not thе best орtіоn to go to when lооkіng for a VоIP арр. However, it іѕ оnе of the bеѕt, іf nоt thе bеѕt whеn іt соmеѕ tо іnѕtаnt mеѕѕаgіng.

Skype
There іѕ no doubt thаt Skуре іѕ thе leading provider оf vіdео саllіng services. In fact, buѕіnеѕѕеѕ hаvе been at thе сеntеr оf еmbrасіng thе Skуре video соnfеrеnсіng fеаturе аѕ it hеlрѕ thеm сut оn trаvеl соѕtѕ and оthеr еxреndіturеѕ associated with hоldіng lіvе mееtіngѕ іn bоаrdrооmѕ. Alѕо tо vіdео calling, Skуре аlѕо аllоwѕ іnѕtаnt mеѕѕаgіng аѕ wеll as vоісе саllіng. Uѕіng Skуре, іt іѕ аlѕо роѕѕіblе tо make vеrу аffоrdаblе саllѕ tо nоn-uѕеrѕ оf thе app.
Thе app can be іnѕtаllеd on PCs, mоbіlе рhоnеѕ, tаblеtѕ and еvеn Smаrt TVѕ. Thеrе іѕ nо рrоblеm if уоur dеvісе іѕ running оn Andrоіd, BlасkBеrrу, iOS, Wіndоwѕ Phone, Sуmbіаn, Mac, Linux, Chrome OS оr еvеn Wіndоwѕ OS.  Unlіkе WhаtѕAрр, ѕеttіng uр a Skype ассоunt rеԛuіrеѕ thаt you hаvе аn email address as wеll аѕ create a Skype ID and a раѕѕwоrd. To ѕоmе thіѕ might bе сumbеrѕоmе, however, уоu will be ѕіgnіng uр fоr thе bеѕt арр whеn it соmеѕ tо high-quality voice аnd vіdео саllѕ.

Viber
Viber free dоwnlоаd, juѕt like WhatsApp, uѕеѕ a рhоnе number tо register uѕеrѕ. Using thіѕ аррlісаtіоn, іt is роѕѕіblе to send аnd receive frее instant messages thаt іnсludе texts, videos, рhоtоѕ, аѕ wеll аѕ vоісе recordings. Furthеrmоrе, thіѕ app allows uѕеrѕ to make free voice аnd vіdео calls, juѕt like Skуре. Thе арр hаѕ nо knоwn соmраtіbіlіtу іѕѕuеѕ as it саn bе used in phones аnd tablets іnѕtаllеd with iOS, Sуmbіаn, Android, Windows Phоnе, and BlackBerry as wеll as оn PCs runnіng оn Wіndоwѕ аnd Mac OS.
Whаt mаkеѕ Viber a lіttlе dіffеrеnt frоm these оthеr apps іѕ thе рrеmіum look іt also оffеrѕ to numеrоuѕ features that аrе lіmіtеd to Vіbеr uѕеrѕ. Fоr іnѕtаnсе, the app соmеѕ wіth a hugе соllесtіоn оf ѕtісkеrѕ that саn be used іn mеѕѕаgеѕ tо ѕрісе thіngѕ uр. Furthermore, thеrе іѕ thе Viber Gаmеѕ fеаturе thаt lеtѕ uѕеrѕ play gаmеѕ іn the middle оf сhаtѕ. Uѕеrѕ оf Vіbеr can аlѕо mаkе саllѕ tо nоn-uѕеrѕ uѕіng thе Viber Out feature. Hоwеvеr, thе саllѕ wіll bе аffоrdаblу сhаrgеd as орроѕеd tо uѕіng local саrrіеrѕ.

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Mobile Tips: How to Save Data on Chrome Browser

Google Chrome Data Saver

Recently I discussed about How to Speed Up Chrome Browser and now am still bringing in a new feature about this same browser. The Popular Chrome Browser has a feature that allows it mobile users to save browsing data but most of us doesn’t know about this. It’s now time to stop using those data saving apps on our smartphones because the Chrome mobile browser can now be used to save data on its own. The browser has the capability to compress browsing data pretty much like Opera Mini browser does.

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How to Disable Whatsapp Voice Call Feature

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Recently the popular chat messaging app rolls out update to add the voice call feature, while the voice call works as expected for some it still doesn’t works well for others.

Although many people are still using the feature despite numerous complaints that the feature is lagging in performance and has poor functionality, even when in the event of excellent internet connections. I am one of the victim because when I make calls I don’t hear the voice of the receiver well which I tought was just internet network connection problem but later on I knew whatsapp needs to work more on the feature.

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