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Catch the spy in your phone

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No one has the right, be it your boss or a paranoid partner, to snoop on your phone. If it is your company policy then your boss will be upfront and tell you about it.

Stalkerware are software programs or apps that allow people to monitor and get information about their partner, wife or anyone else via their phone. You do not have to be an IT genius to use it. It is readily available in the market legitimately and can be installed in mobiles as well as on desktops and laptops.

Detect stalkerware

It is virtually impossible to introduce stalkerware on iPhones, but it can be done if the device is jailbroken. It is different for an Android smartphone. Officially, Google removes any app from the Play Store if it displays stalker-like behaviour.

There are some symptoms. The battery will drain faster, your data usage will rise, your phone will get heated up unusually, your screen time usage will report a rise and you may get strange notifications.

Tools to find it

Stalkerware apps may hide well but they do show up in the main apps list, maybe with a different name. Go to Settings on Android and tap Apps. See all apps. Look for items that do not look right.

Third-party tools such as Incognito Anti-Spyware by DV Technolabs, Certo Mobile Security and Kaspersky Mobile Antivirus do a good job of detecting stalkerware. All these are available on Google Play Store. I would recommend that you instal the Traced Mobile Security app, also from the Play Store. It is a free app and powered by deep learning technology. Traced analyses your phone’s apps and alerts you to suspicious activity using artificial intelligence.

It alerts you if a malicious app is detected. It also tells you when you have connected to an unsafe WiFi network or when you open a phishing link. It warns you when your Android software or device configurations are vulnerable or when an app tries to access your camera, microphone, takes a screenshot or records your active phone call.

How to remove it

Remember, digital stalking can be done in different ways, other than introducing stalkerware in your device. Be sure to have a safety plan in place. Sometimes removing…

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Germany wants phone makers to offer 7 years of security updates

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Your current phone might get security patches for several years to come, at least if Germany has its way. C’t reports the German federal government is pushing the European Union to require seven years of security updates and spare parts for smartphones as part of negotiations with the European Commission. That’s two years longer than a recent Commission proposal, and would effectively give phones a more computer-like support cycle.

Both proposals are unsurprisingly facing pushback from manufacturers. The industry advocacy group DigitalEurope (which counts Apple, Google and Samsung as some of its members) wants a requirement for just three years of security updates, and wants to limit spare parts to screens and batteries rather than cameras, speakers and other components that are supposedly more reliable.

DigitalEurope is effectively arguing for the status quo, in other words. While Apple typically delivers five years of regular feature and security updates, many Android vendors stop at three or less. Samsung only committed to four years of security fixes in 2021. Some of this has been dictated by Qualcomm’s update policy, but it’s clear the brands themselves are sometimes reluctant to change.

This extended support might become crucial. The EU’s proposal, potentially in effect by 2023, is meant to help the environment by letting you keep phones for longer. They’d stay protected and functional for roughly twice the 2.5 to 3.5 years you see today.

However, this could also be vital for bolstering mobile security as a whole. Just over 40 percent of Android users are running 9.0 Pie or earlier, according to StatCounter’s August 2021 usage share data — a large portion of mobile users have devices that either stopped receiving security updates or are close to losing them. Longer support periods could prevent attackers from targeting old phones that, at present, have been left permanently vulnerable to exploits patched in newer software.

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Why phone scams are so difficult to tackle – BBC News

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Why phone scams are so difficult to tackle  BBC News

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Here are several convenient ways to keep a digital copy of your vaccination card on your phone

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(KTLA) – Right now, there is no one official way to keep a copy of your vaccination card on your smartphone, but there are several methods to keep it easily accessible in digital form.

Snapping a photo is the easiest, but scanning it is a bit better.

On the iPhone, use the Notes app to create a new note. Then, hit the camera icon above the keyboard and choose the option for Scan Documents.

Once you’re finished scanning the front and back, swipe left to right on the note. This will reveal a way to “pin” it to the top of your list of notes for easy access later.

On Android, find the Drive app. It should be preinstalled on your phone. Long press the app icon to reveal a shortcut for “Scan.”

Once you’re finished scanning your card, tap the three dots in the upper right-hand corner of the note to reveal some options. Tap “Make Available Offline.” This will download the note to your phone so you can access it even without a data connection. Finally tap the option for “Add to Home Screen.” This will give you a shortcut on your home screen for fast access.

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If you want a more digital version of your card, including a scannable QR code, check with your state. New York has the Excelsior Pass App. The California Department of Health lets you request a digital copy of your vaccine record. I submitted my information and within seconds, I had a text sent to my phone with a QR code copy of my vaccine card. You can then import this into an app like CommonPass, which I’ll explain more below.

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A service called VaxYes will give you free digital vaccine passport for your phone. Just submit a snapshot of your vaccination card and the site uses artificial intelligence and state records to validate your information.

The Clear App (commonly used for bypassing long security lines at the airport) has a feature that allows you to create a digital vaccine card complete with your photo. There’s no subscription necessary.

If you don’t feel comfortable…

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