Google takes down Chinese app remover application from Play store

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The popular option was found to have violated the Deceptive Behavior Policy. Google has taken down a popular Chinese app remover application from its Play Store. The application was developed in India and removes apps from China. The tech giant has confirmed that the application broke the Google Play store’s rules. The Remove Chinese Apps application was taken down for being in violation of the Deceptive Behavior Policy. That rule bans software from misleading or encouraging its users into “removing or disabling third-party apps.” This application has been taken down…

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Twitter flagged tweet on Trumps account for “glorified violence”

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This was the latest move in an escalating battle between the social media platform and the president. When US President Trump used his Twitter account to say: “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” he earned his first flagged tweet that was promptly hidden (though not deleted) for “glorified violence”. The post made reference to the protests regarding the fatal arrest of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man in Minneapolis. The post was covered by a disclaimer stating that it violated Twitter’s policies. Even though the flagged tweet was covered,…

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New Facebook Messenger security feature to minimize fake friends and scam risk

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The social media company announced the new machine learning strategy to stop scammers. The leading social media company recently announced a new Facebook Messenger security feature designed to stand in the way of malicious parties seeking to scam the app’s users. The company has turned to machine learning to spot anomalies that suggest scam activity. Facebook Messenger security already conducts scans for suspicious activities. Now, machine learning will be included in those scans to help identify anomalies such as accounts issuing large quantities of requests within a short span of…

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AARP issues raised mobile payment fraud risk warning

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The organization is cautioning consumers to take care when using apps to send money. AARP has issued a warning cautioning consumers about an increase in mobile payment fraud risk. It has warned individuals to take care when using peer-to-peer (P2P) payment apps which are rapidly rising in popularity during the pandemic. The apps can be safely used but can also present notable security risks and challenges recovering money. The concern is that not all of these apps are as secure as they should be. Moreover, even when opting for some…

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Researchers easily dupe biometric scanners with fake fingerprints

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The tech experts used 3D printed molds to replicate real fingerprint and trick user authentication tech. Cisco Talos researchers have said they were able to easily trick biometric scanners, gaining access to eight mobile devices. The process involved using a painstaking replication effort but then quickly accessed the phones. The researchers used a meticulous process for replicating user fingerprints using 3D-printed molds. In this way, they were able to break through the biometric scanners very easily. Of course, this wouldn’t be possible for the average cybercriminal. It would need someone…

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