August 23, 2011
What makes this State of the Internet by Mashable [infographic] so interesting is that it is dynamic, you can see the number of new internet users, and new websites coming online, click around the world to see the internet’s role in various countries, and has interesting stats about the videos uploaded each minute, the searches, tweets, and more.
Interesting stats (subject to change by the time you look at them!):
- Avg. time spent on Facebook per month – 17 hours and 33 minutes
- Videos watched on YouTube per day – 2 billion
- 119 Million Tweets sent per day
- 35 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute.
- 1.2 Million Editors edit 11 million articles per month on Wikipedia
- The online dating industry is worth $4 billion worldwide
- Your facebook profile is worth $91
Have fun exploring.
March 8, 2011
Twenty-one mobile applications from a single publisher have been pulled from the Android Market after Google learned they were exploiting consumers according to a new Washington Post article. Google has also remotely removed these apps from user’s devices, but that does not remove any malicious code that has already been downloaded.
These applications were apparently not only stealing consumer’s information, they left a back door open on consumer’s phones so they could download malware without the user’s knowledge.
According to Mashable, between 50k and 200k Android users downloaded these applications, which Mashable says “are particularly insidious because they look just like knockoff versions of already popular apps. For example, there’s an app called simply “Chess.” The user would download what he’d assume to be a chess game, only to be presented with a very different sort of app.”
To learn more about malicious and unethical applications offered through various marketplaces, see my blogs:
Mobile malware is expected to explode in 2011, and it’s time to protect yourself with mobile security software. See my posts:
The bottom line? Just because an app is offered doesn’t mean it’s been tested and guaranteed safe – case in point, if it weren’t for the diligence of the Android Police, the malicious apps on Android Marketplace would still be exploiting consumers.
Here’s a list of the malicious apps:
- Falling Down
- Super Guitar Solo
- Super History Eraser
- Photo Editor
- Super Ringtone Maker
- Super Sex Positions
- Hot Sexy Videos
- Hilton Sex Sound
- Screaming Sexy Japanese Girls
- Falling Ball Dodge
- Scientific Calculator
- Dice Roller
- Advanced Currency Converter
- App Uninstaller
- Funny Paint
- Spider Man