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Malware attacks pose a huge challenge

Over the last couple of years, we have seen phenomenal growth in collaboration trends over cloud computing. This growth in technology, has given an impetus to development on various levels, the scariest of them being, collaboration by malware creators with planned and focused attack strategies. In the last few years, players on a single platform, like antivirus and security software, change the rules of the game, by collaborating with each other at different instances for different projects, to fight virus and malware, as also spam and phishing. This year, reports from various corners bring about scary situations of arch rival malware creators, tying hands and working together, to bring about unprecedented levels of damage, is thought provoking.

Some of the targets for malware attacks are websites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and others. These social networking sites, generally, are used by the young and unaware teen and pre-teen population, making them easy targets. Distribution of fake apps, and hijacking of a browser seem to be the commonest and easiest ways for hackers and malware distributors to spread their wings in a simple and easy manner.

The DDoS attack on WordPress, Mastercard, Visa and PayPal are clear examples of group efforts of cyber criminals waging war with the system. Fake antivirus software, Trojans, attacks on smartphones and tablets and focused attacks on the Macs and Windows 7, seem to be the latest trends. HTML 5 is also a target for attackers. The pre-mature introduction and use of platforms like HTML 5 in their nascent stages, are interesting targets for such cyber activists.

Twitter has launched a free browser plug-in, developed by Finjan Inc. with an aim to aid users restrain clicking on malware and malicious links which could target the click to spyware and malware servers. The Finjan SecureBrowser plug-in has been made available for Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. However, the Finjan plug-in missed out on some links like shortened URLs, while the LongURL Mobile Expander Add-on on Firefox was more effective.

The complex IT environment of today, the new cloud and other technologies entering the fray, and with the smartphones and tablets explosion underway, it has become all the more easy for malware to flourish. The various new manufacturers and developers are yet to incorporate stringent security measures on all their offerings. While various security software and application firms claim to have set their developmental activities, well in advance of products and processes being released, security literacy is yet to see the light of day, amongst enthusiastic new comers, worldwide.

Users need to educate themselves on viruses, worms, Trojans, adware and spyware, malware, rootkits, malicious mobile codes and blended threats. User awareness increase is the only road to safety.

MasterCard launches ATM finder for the Android™ smartphone

The CES 2011 and the tablet explosion are definitely headed towards technological innovations to the common man with applications, beyond imagination erstwhile. As early as March / April 2009, MasterCard launched their application called, ATM Hunter for the iPhone, with capability to lead you and your iPhone to any of more than a million ATMs, worldwide. The application automatically senses your intention, integrates with Google maps and gives you the location of various ATMs in the area, as also specific, ATM / Bank chain, if required.

MasterCard’s foray into the smart phone and tablet technology, has won many applauds with the free application, available. This app found its way next into the Blackberry from Research In Motion, very successfully.  19th of January, 2011 saw MasterCard announcing the launch of the ATM Hunter application for Android Smartphones too. It was, definitely the next logical step, bringing it to the next fastest growing platform and a brilliant move at that. The customization of search and search for a specific financial institution, as also specific financial institutions, that do not charge them fees for a transaction. Unlike other ATM finders, MasterCard’s version has a helpful filter to zero in on the following ATM types like surcharge – free, drive through, wheelchair accessible, 24 – hour and deposit sharing. It allows you to text the location of the ATM to a friend, on a share function.

The ATM Hunter application is a boon to MasterCard users. The application can also locate wheel chair accessible and Drive-thru ATMs. In fact, ATM Hunter also enables, card holders reporting of problems, at specified ATM locations, facilitating real-time communication back to MasterCard to report to a non-working ATM or even an ATM that no longer exists at a specific location. The Android revolution has not only set foot in areas like the ATM Hunter app.

This MasterCard initiative and other apps definitely are appearing to be a social boon and the high expectation Android Market has still more, to prove and be successful.

ATM Hunter for Android™ from Mastercard

The modern world has changed a lot in terms of technology. There are several new additions and changes which have taken full effect in almost all fields of life. A very good example of this is the introduction of electronic money in the form of cards. With the modern technology banging full form, the customers do not need to rush to the banks for picking up cash amounts. The ATM machines have made life a lot simpler and easier in a huge way. However, the important thing to note in this regard is the fact that, it is important for the users to know the exact locations of the ATM counters. To make life even easier, the company of Master Card has introduced a new application tool which claims to hunt the ATM machines for the users. The application can prove to be of great use if used in the correct way.

The application tool comes with the Android and works mainly using the GPS system. It is an excellent device which can locate the closest ATM machine for the users. The application would provide the grid map as well as the address. This new technology can prove to be of great help for the users in a huge way. It is not for nothing that people from all parts of the world have started to depend on this application so very much. The application uses a very user friendly interface and should not be a problem for any user to handle.

There are several surveys which have proved that users who have used the application have praised it in a huge way. The software used is extremely durable and reliable. The guidelines that are provided by the tool can be depended upon in a great way. It is strongly advised to the users to ensure that they get to experience this lovely phenomenon. The application has been introduced in different parts of the world with good results in most cases. The customers can give this tool a try to be able to feel the massive difference. The tool can make the idea of searching for the closest ATM machine a completely different one in more ways than one. There are very few cases which have confirmed the malfunctioning of the tool. Thus, the tool can be tipped as a reliable one. The entire modern world has several surprises waiting for us at all times. However, the introduction of this application has been a very pleasing surprise to say the least. The company which has introduced the tool is a branded one and has a lot of reputation factor with itself.

Thus, it is extremely unlikely that the users would not manage to get the desired degree of customer satisfaction. In any case, the users must ensure that they use the tool at least once.

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