Maxis Offers Norton Mobile Security to Android Customers

Norton Mobile Security screenshot
Norton Mobile Security screenshot
Norton Mobile Security screenshot

Maxis has partnered with Symantec to offer Norton Mobile Security to protect customer’s Android devices from mobile threats and ability to remotely locate, lock and wipe data from a lost or stolen device.

What is Norton Mobile Security?

Norton Mobile Security is a security application for mobile devices with the following highlighted features:

  • Anti-virus, Anti-malware, Anti-phishing – protect your Android device against viruses, malware, malicious sites and other mobile threats. Automatically scan downloaded apps and memory cards for threats.
  • Call & SMS blocker – block unwanted calls and SMS from specific phone numbers.
  • Lost notice – allows you to send a custom message to your missing device, so you can make arrangements to get it back.
  • Remote Locate – show the location of lost device on a map to help you find it fast. The app can even take a photo of anyone using your device when it is in “lost mode”.
  • Remote Lock – allows you to lock your device remotely via online or SMS to prevent others from accessing your device data.
  • Remote Wipe – allows you to remotely erase data and information in the device, both Internet memory and memory card, via SMS or online.

How much? How to apply?

Norton Mobile Security’s normal price is RM50 per year or RM85 for 2 years.

With the Maxis & Symantec partnership, Maxis Android customers can subscribe to Norton Mobile Security for RM1 a week or RM3 a month. Plus, you will receive 1-month free trial from the time of subscription.

To subscribe, you dial *200# from your mobile phone and choose Maxis Secure. Or, you can subscribe by sending SMS message ON NMS7 (for 1-week) or ON NMS30 (for 1-month) to 20088.

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Fake CIMB Clicks Android App Found on Google Play Store

Fake CIMB Android App
Screenshot: Fake CIMB Android App
Screenshots: Fake CIMB Android App

CIMB Clicks is one of the most popular online banking service in Malaysia. It has official mobile apps for iOS and Android to allow customers to manage their bank account on-the-go.

Apparently, a fake CIMB Clicks app called “CIMB Clicks Perbankan Internet” (no link for obvious reason) get passed Google Play store security check and listed for free download.

Fake CIMB app

The fake app is listed on Google Play Store on June 11, 2013 and it has been installed over 500 times in 1 week. While the official CIMB Clicks app description is written in English. The fake app uses Malay language for its description. The developer’s website – http://tophotappstore.com/ – is not active. You can try to email the developer at tophotappstore@gmail.com.

Based on the app screenshot, the fake CIMB app asks for your CIMB online banking account’s User ID and Password, which is VERY DANGEROUS! The app could collect your login information to access your account. Already have users warned about the fake app in the app review.

I already notified CIMB and Google Malaysia about the fake app, and CIMB replied that they are already working on removing the fake app. Good job!

Like every Malaysian banks, CIMB uses one-time TAC (Transaction Authorisation Code) sent to mobile phone via SMS for additional security to protect customers against unauthorised access to bank account. Nevertheless, you never want to expose your online banking account username and password to strangers.

HERE is the only one official CIMB Clicks app for Android devices.

How to avoid Android Malware?

The Android malware has been doubled in 2012 when compared to 2011. How do you protect yourselves from those malware? Here are a few suggestions (via techrepublic:

  • Install latest Android updates to patch vulnerabilities.
  • For Android 4.1.2 and above, Make sure “Unknown sources” under Security section in Settings is Unchecked.
  • Review all permissions requested by an app upon installation. Is the app asking too much access?
  • Read app reviews before install any app.
  • Install anti-malware app for Android, such as avast! Mobile Security, Lookout Security & Antivirus, Norton Mobile Security Lite, Zoner AntiVirus. (they are free!)

Top 5 Threats to Your Mobile Banking Security

CIMB Clicks iPad app

In the age of mobile banking one must protect their personal information more than ever. With increased freedom to carry online banking activities anytime and anywhere including on a laptop, desktop computer, tablet or smartphone, so comes an increase in the need to protect online privacy.

We’re fortunate that a bank deposit, withdrawal, account transfer, balance inquiry, and even the ability to scan and transfer checks can be made from the privacy of your home at 10 PM, from an airport while traveling, or from a café via a simple SMS text with your bank or an automated command using a mobile application. However, there are still plenty of dangers to mobile banking and one is still held responsible for their own protection from threats like device loss, phishing, malware or viruses, spyware programs, and even financial fraud.

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5 Best Freeware to Improve Windows Computer Security and Performance

Computer security
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Windows computer is often the target of computer virus, spyware, malicious software (malware). Once you received a new Windows computer, besides installing hundred MBs of Microsoft Windows updates, the first thing you need to do is installing antivirus, anti malware software to protect your computer. I would also recommend you to install system utilities to improve computer performance.

Check out the 5 useful freeware I recommended for every Windows users after the break.

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When Google says “This site may harm your computer” about Your Website…

google search result label site as harmful

Yesterday was not a good day for many Malaysian webmasters and myself. Google has detected malicious software on our websites and redirected every visitor to a warning page with link to the diagnostic page.

What happened actually?

We are the victims of the failure of Innity, an online advertisement network. According to the official announcement, their server was affected (hacked?):

…In summary, a portion of our domain; innity.net, which operates as a content delivery network focused on delivering static banner files to our end user, was affected in Indonesia and this led to Google classifying our domain as being infected by malware.

Though the company took necessary actions to solve the problem but Google will take up to 48 hours to clear the warning…

The damages after listed as malware site

Believe me, it is one of the worst nightmares to your website.

  1. Direct visitor to your websites will blocked by the scary malware warning and they will leave and might never come back again.

    google malware warning

  2. The Google will append “this site may harm your computer” in your site’s search engine results.
  3. Twitter.com bans your site URL. Every tweet containing the website URL will not get published.
  4. For a full-time blogger like me, it means drop in online income for the period!

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