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Your Android phone is under attack! The three hidden dangers you can't afford to ignore

Anyone with an Android smartphone or tablet needs to be on red alert about three major threats to their device. With more than 2.5 billion users worldwide, it’s not a surprise that cyber criminals have their attention on Google’s popular mobile operating system. Attacks continue to take place at an alarming rate, with hackers relying on a number of tricks to infiltrate devices and steal money or data from unsuspecting users.

These attacks are becoming more of a problem for Android fans so, in a bid to help users avoid these issues, the security team at AVAST has revealed the biggest three threats to devices as well as some helpful advice on how to beat the attacks.

According to AVAST, the main problem facing Android users comes from adware, which has accounted for around 45 percent of threats so far this year. Although adware doesn’t steal data it can fill devices with highly intrusive adverts that can make phones almost unusable.

These irritating messages continuously pop up on the display with some even able to appear on the screen when owners aren’t even using apps.

Avast has seen two major types of adware: the ‘traditional’ type, which are gaming, photo and other lifestyle applications.

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Finally, there are terrifying banking Trojans or “Bankers”. These often disguise themselves as genuine apps to access the banking details of unsuspecting users and trick them into giving up their bank account details by posing as a legitimate banking application and mimicking the login screen or supplying a generic login screen with the respective bank’s logo.

“Nowadays, especially since the pandemic hit, our smartphones and devices are our daily companions, and it can be a true annoyance or even severe security risk if a phone and the data on it is exposed to mobile malware,” said Ondrej David, Mobile Threat Analyst at Avast. “Mobile malware, and adware in particular, often comes in the form of a gaming or entertainment app that seems harmless, but what users are unaware of is that their device is doing malicious activities in the background.”

Here are some top tips from AVAST on how to prevent mobile malware –

• Only download apps from official app stores, like Google Play, as they have security measures in place to check apps before developers upload them, or directly from the app’s official website for extra insurance.

• Check app ratings as adware apps have many 5-star- and 1-star reviews. The reviews often cite low functionality and/or excessive ads or are overly enthusiastic and positive.

• Carefully review the permissions an app requests before downloading an app; if an app requests access to data that it doesn’t need to function, consider this a warning sign.

• Use a strong antivirus solution on your phone to identify and stop any attempted attacks.

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Hidden dangers of high sugar content in your ciders and how this affects blood sugar

Blood sugar – the main type of sugar found in blood – supplies the body with energy and provides nutrients to its organs, muscles and nervous system. However, too much sugar in your blood can seriously damage parts of your body. If you have diabetes, the scales are tipped towards having high blood sugar levels because your pancreas is not performing properly. Summer drinking can play havoc on all of this due to the high amount of sugar hidden in some of your favourite cider drinks.

Experts warn that enjoying a fruity cider drink or five could be one of the biggest culprits for blood sugar levels.

According to Dental Excellence findings, a standard 500ml bottle of Pear Kopparberg cider contains 53g of sugar – which is equivalent to two and a half glazed Krispy Kreme donuts.

While a 500ml bottle of Rekorderlig Strawberry & lime cider contains the same amount of sweetness as a generous slice of chocolate cake.

Following close behind is the classic Strawberry and Lime Kopparberg cider which contains more sugar than two Classic Magnum Ice Creams.

Finally, Thatchers Haze Cloudy Somerset Cider with 50g of sugar, is more than a 100g bag of Haribo Starmix.

Ten ciders with the highest sugar contents include:

  • Kopparberg Pear Cider- 215 calories (500ml; 4.5 percent) 53g (per 100ml 10.2g).
  • Rekorderlig Strawberry & Lime – 330 calories (500ml; 4.0 percent) 50.5g of sugar per bottle (10.1g sugar per 100ml).
  • Kopparberg Strawberry & Lime – 275 calories (500ml; 4.0 percent) 50.5g of sugar per bottle (10.1g sugar per 100ml).
  • Thatchers Haze Cloudy Somerset Cider – 245 calories (500ml; 4.5 percent) 50g of sugar – (10g of sugar per 100ml).
  • Kopparberg Mixed Fruits – 275 calories (500ml; 4.0 percent) – 46g of sugar (9.2g of sugar per 100ml).
  • Bulmers Crushed Red Berries & Lime Cider – 275 calories (500ml; 4.0 percent) 28g of sugar (5.6g of sugar per 100ml).
  • Magners Pear Irish Cider – 235 calories (500ml; 4.5 percent) 24g of sugar (4.8g of sugar per 100ml).
  • Strongbow Dark Fruit Cider – 200 calories (500ml; 4.0 percent) 22.5g of sugar (4.5g per 100ml).
  • Strongbow Cloudy Apple Cider – 230 calories (500ml; 4.4 percent) 21.5g of sugar (4.3g per 100ml).
  • Thatchers Gold Somerset Cider – 230 calories (500ml; 4.8 percent) 20.5g (4.1g of sugar per 100ml).

What the experts said

Dr Harrison Child from Dental Excellence said: “With the lockdown restrictions easing we are all looking forward to enjoying a few drinks with friends this summer, but we still need to be mindful of what we’re consuming.

“Sugar is enormously damaging to teeth, and regular exposure causes acid attacks which can lead to caries (holes), dental pain and even tooth extractions.

“We advise you to choose low sugar or sugar free alternatives and limit the amount you’re drinking.”

GP and Medical Adviser at Prescription Doctor, Dr Aragona Gisueppe added: “Consuming too many alcoholic drinks can have a hugely damaging effect on your health.

“Alcohol can lead to addiction, weight gain and obesity and further health problems such as heart disease, as well as Type 2 diabetes and some cancers.”

“The change in weather and the fact that we will be out of lockdown will no doubt bring about a change in our usual habits, including going out to eat, drink and generally be merry,” said Dr Sarah Brewer.

“Although it’s great to let loose and enjoy those long summer evenings, it’s important for people to be aware of how these habits can impact glucose levels and that if left undiagnosed, diabetes can be dangerous. 

“When glucose levels are persistently raised, glucose molecules become irreversibly bound to proteins in the circulation.

“This damages small and large blood vessel and hastens hardening and furring up of the arteries.

“Because glucose can’t enter muscle and fat cells properly, cell metabolism also becomes abnormal, and this can contribute to rising blood pressure and cholesterol imbalances.

“If blood glucose levels rise above a certain level, sugar is lost in the urine leading to weight loss and dehydration.

“Very high blood glucose levels (as can occur especially with type 1 diabetes) can result in a dangerous condition known as ketoacidosis which arises due to a combination of the dehydration and abnormal cell metabolism.”

 

This article originally appeared on Daily Express :: Health Feed
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Dyson’s all-new gadget will KILL the flu and other nasty dangers hiding in your home

Having recently revealed its new laser-guided vacuum cleaner, Dyson is back with another clever innovation that could make your home a whole lot safer to live in. The firm’s new air purifier is not only capable of busting the dust and nose-running allergens from your living space but it can even track down and kill bugs including the H1N1 virus. That sounds impressive, but there’s another reason why you might fancy installing one of these Dyson devices in your home.
The firm says that this latest gadget will constantly monitor levels of pollutants in the room and then set about destroying them. One of the most worrying dangers that lurk in our homes is a chemical called formaldehyde.

This colourless gas, which can cause asthma-like respiratory problems and skin irritation, is sometimes released by furniture and wooden products containing formaldehyde-based resins such as plywood and fibreboard. It’s also found in insulating materials and do-it-yourself products such as paint, wallpapers, varnishes and even household cleaning products.

These harmful particles are very hard to capture as they are incredibly small but Dyson thinks it has come up with a way of making sure you don’t breathe them into your lungs.

The firm’s Selective Catalytic Oxidisation (SCO) filter continuously destroys formaldehyde at a molecular level and it’s been made to ensure precise sensing of the pollutant for the lifetime of the machine.

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Its design uses billions of atom-sized tunnels which trap and destroy formaldehyde, breaking it down into tiny amounts of water and CO2 . It then regenerates from oxygen in the air to keep destroying it continuously without ever requiring replacement.

You can also constantly check the levels of pollution, temperature and humidity via an app on your phone and Dyson says its latest purifiers have been made to be much quieter than before.

Considering we all breathe up to 9,000 litres of air and spend as much as 90 percent of our time indoors having a clean environment could be of serious benefit to our health.

Speaking about the new device, Alex Knox, Vice President of Environmental Care at Dyson said: “The off-gassing tendency of formaldehyde means that it can go undetected in a home for years. Dyson has engineered a machine that provides accurate and successful sensing, capture and destruction of the pollutant.

“Our solid-state sensor doesn’t dry out overtime, lasting the lifetime of the machine. The COVID-19 pandemic has raised global awareness about the air that we breathe and Dyson’s commitment to providing cleaner air through innovation and technology remains at the forefront of our mission.”

The new purifier with formaldehyde sensing will go on sale soon in White/Gold and cost £599.