Monday, November 24, 2014

Beware of Computer Malware from E-Cigarettes

According to an article in IBTimes, a man's computer got infected with malware from an e-cigarette manufactured in China. The infection came through the USB cable used to recharge the e-cigarette.

The malware was actually coded into the charger of the e-cigarette, which was purchased through eBay for only five dollars.

The victim was an executive at a large corporation.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Your iPhone Could Be Hacked by a Simple Free App

I happened to come across the following video recently, which talked about have your iPhone could be hacked by a simple free app, like a flashlight app. Once the malware gets in, it can access everything you have on your phone.

First of all, is this real or BS? Any experts out there that know whether this is true or not? I've heard strong opinions on both sides.

The guy being interviewed talked about a quick and dirty way of checking to see if the app you installed could be a trojan. He said that if it takes up more than a megabyte, there could be a problem, because why would you need that much memory to just show a blank screen.

I actually have a free flashlight app on my iPhone, which only takes up around 80k. However, I noticed that there is an update for it that is 8 megs. What could a flashlight app possibly provide that would take up that much memory. I can already have my phone display different colors and flashing colors. So I think I will hold up on getting that update.

If what this guy is saying is true, is there a malware protection app that would stop any bad apps from even being downloaded? If so, can anyone recommend one?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Launch Your Startup in Less Than 100 Days

If you have a startup or are planning on creating a startup, you need to attend the LAUNCH Startup Festival 2015, to be held March 2 through March 4, from 8:00 am to 6:30 pm, at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, California.

For more information on the event, you can go here, including the Launch Ticker and Events.

Also, check out the current video in This Week in Startups.