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By Aaron Mtuanwi | Broker in Lithonia, GA
  • Android Users Beware: Phones Vulnerable to Attacks

    Posted Under: Crime & Safety in Atlanta, Tech Tips in Atlanta, Agent2Agent in Atlanta  |  August 23, 2011 12:22 PM  |  1,243 views  |  1 comment

    Mobile security experts recently said they’ve identified more than a dozen popular Android apps that can make your phone a target for hackers.

    The threats range from hackers reading your incoming and outgoing messages, tracking your location, running up charges via SMS messages, and even monitoring your call history. 

    “Some apps expose themselves to outside contact,” says Riley Hassell, the founder of Privateer Labs. “If these apps are vulnerable, then an attacker can remotely compromise that app and potentially the phone using something as simple as a text message.”

    Hassell’s statements follow a report this March by antivirus company Kaspersky that also identified 70 types of Android malware, which ranged from viruses like “HippoSMS” (which causes phones to text premium numbers that increase charges) to “Golddream.A,” which can record phone calls and upload conversations to remote servers controlled by hackers. The viruses can be embedded into applications you can download from the Android Market. 

    Hassell says that developers are failing to follow security guidelines close enough when writing apps, which is leaving phones vulnerable. 

    A recent study found that 30 percent of Android users will encounter web-based threats on their device this year, according to mobile security firm Lookout. 

    Source: “30 Percent of Smartphone Users Will Encounter Malware This Year,” TechSpot (Aug. 4, 2011) and “Android Vulnerable to New Hacks,” Forbes.com (Aug. 15, 2011)

  • 5 Safety Tips Agents Should Keep in Mind When Working with Clients

    Posted Under: General Area in Atlanta, Crime & Safety in Atlanta, Agent2Agent in Atlanta  |  November 11, 2010 5:16 AM  |  698 views  |  No comments
    By Paige Tepping

    RISMEDIA, November 11, 2010--As buying a home remains one of the largest financial decisions most people will make in their lifetime, real estate agents are constantly being contacted by prospective buyers who have seen their name on a marketing piece or heard success stories from friends and families. Especially in today’s tough economy, it is crucial for real estate professionals to be aware of their surroundings and make sure they aren’t putting themselves in danger. 

    Crime Shield, U.S.A. offers the following tips for agents to keep in mind whether they are planning to host an open house or meet with a potential client. 

    1. When meeting a client for the first time, always schedule a meeting at your office where you are comfortable and know the lay of the land. Before you leave the office with a client, be sure to introduce them to your coworkers and let your coworkers know that you will be stepping out. 

    2. If you are heading out on showing appointments, you should always try to take two cars. In many instances, it makes more sense to take one car, so you should offer to drive as this will give you more control over the situation. If someone got your number from a sign placed in front of a property, never agree to meet them at the house. Instead, schedule a time for a preliminary meeting in your office. 

    3. Always follow your clients through a home while on a showing instead of leading them. In addition, it is important that you don’t let your client get between you and the door. If you are hosting an open house, try to set up your materials and position yourself as close to the door as you can. 

    4. Keep your cell phone on you at all times, whether you are showing clients prospective properties or holding an open house. Be sure you have any emergency numbers you may need programmed into the speed dial. 

    5. No matter what, always follow your gut instinct. 

    Aaron Mtuanwi
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