Samsung Max App With Data Saving and Privacy Protection Features Released

Samsung Max App With Data Saving and Privacy Protection Features Released


  • Samsung Max app has been released
  • The app is available for select Galaxy devices
  • Replaces the Opera Max app on Galaxy A and Galaxy J handsets

Samsung on Friday released an Android app that is designed to offer mobile data savings and privacy management. Called Samsung Max, the new app is designed by Samsung R&D Institute India and is available for free download on Google Play and Galaxy App store for select Galaxy devices. The proprietary app will also come preloaded on all Galaxy A and Galaxy J series handsets in a few emerging markets, including India, Argentina, Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa, Thailand, and Vietnam – replacing the recently discontinued Opera Max app.

Similar to Google’s Datally that was launched in last November, the Samsung Max offers foreground data compression service that allows you to reduce data consumption from your installed apps. The app also has the functionality to block background data and data access for any app. It compresses webpages, photos, videos, and media within apps and browser to drop data consumption. Similarly, it lets you manage data permissions for specific apps and customise data consumption for existing apps to save your data for other useful tasks.

Alongside offering data savings and data compression features, Samsung Max provides regular reports to let you see which of your favourite apps are consuming the most of your data limit. The app also has a boost Wi-Fi feature that is touted to uplift connectivity even in a crowded Wi-Fi hotspot or at a weak signal area.

Samsung has provided a bunch of features that are specific to security as well. Primarily, the Samsung Max app not just compress but also encrypt all the network traffic that flows from your apps using Samsung’s in-house servers. The South Korean company also claims that has been using a “bank-grade”, secure network experience. In the same vein, there is Samsung Max’ data-savings cloud access make data usage efficient and secure from third-party services.

The Samsung Max app encrypts data when it is sent through a public Wi-Fi network. Likewise, there are features such as tracker blocking and DNS masking to offer a secured Web browsing experience. You can view privacy reports to see how the app adds security to other apps and network connections.

While the Samsung Max by default serves ads, you can choose whether to view ads inside the app or on the lock screen only while your device is plugged in and charging. The latter can be enabled by switching to the premium mode.

“At Samsung, we’ve been committed to creating inclusive data saving and privacy protection services for all our devices. Because of this, we are now introducing Samsung Max to our mid-range devices as an exclusive and unique service that sets Samsung devices apart from the rest of the smartphone market,” said Seounghoon Oh, Vice President Samsung R&D Institute India.

It is worth noting here that the Samsung Max app is presently incompatible with devices other than the eligible Samsung devices. You can check whether it is compatible with your Galaxy handset by visiting Google Play or Galaxy App store.


10 Tips to Protect Your Business and Customers on Data Privacy Day

10 Data Protection Tips for Data Privacy Day 2017

Having information about clients and customers is important, but ensuring that private information remains secure might be just as vital to the health of a small business. That’s according to data professionals and others who are marking this year’s Data Privacy Day on January 28.

Many small businesses are not well prepared for the tricks that hackers use to extract data from their information systems or to deal with the fallout from such an occurrence, according to Bindu Sundaresan, a senior security professional for AT&T.

“They feel like ‘Who’s going to come after me?’ Small businesses don’t want to spend their whole IT budget on cyber security,” Sundaresan said.

In reality, small businesses can offer a more attractive target for hackers than larger companies because they don’t invest as many resources in cyber security, she said. That can be especially true for small businesses that are third-party providers for larger companies.

For example, the hackers who obtained credit and debit card information from 40 million Target customers during the 2013 Christmas shopping season reportedly gained access to the national retailer’s systems targeted a smaller business first. Target’s system was compromised using the network credentials of a Pennsylvania contractor who supplies and maintains refrigerating, heating and air conditioning systems for the company.

It is important for small businesses and their employees to be mindful of what kind of sensitive information they have that a hacker might want, Sundaresan said.

“I find that most small businesses don’t understand the impact of a cyber security breach outside of their business. They’re basically a pawn in a larger game,” she said.

“Think about the importance of this data and what could happen if the hacker got his or her hands on it and how is that going to affect your overall business model,” Sundaresan added.

Providing better data security doesn’t have to break the budget. A small business can have “the basics in terms of security” for as little as $15 a month.

“Respecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust” is the theme of this year’s Data Privacy Day, which is held every year to build awareness about the importance of privacy and protecting information.

It is the signature project of the National Cyber Security Alliance. First celebrated in the United States in 2008, it marks the anniversary of the 1981 signing of Convention 108. The document became the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection.

Data Protection Tips for Data Privacy Day 2017

Here are some suggestions for securing your systems and keeping the information of customers and clients private:

1. If you collect it, protect it. Follow reasonable security measures to ensure that customers’ and employees’ personal information is protected from inappropriate and unauthorized access.

2. Have a strong privacy policy. Customers need to know that you are protecting their information. Make sure you have a policy they can refer to explaining how you are keeping personal information safe. Make sure you are straightforward with customers about the consumer data you collect and what you do with it. Being honest with them will help you build consumer trust and show you value their data and are working to protect it.

3. Know what you are protecting. Be aware of all the personal information you have, where you are storing it, how you are using it and who has access to it. Understand the kind of assets you have and why a hacker might pursue them. “You cannot protect what you don’t know about,” Sundaresan said.

4. Don’t underestimate the threat. In one survey conducted by the Alliance, 85 percent of small business owners believe larger enterprises are more targeted than they are. In reality, there have been cases where small businesses have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars to cybercriminals.

5. Don’t collect what you don’t need. The more valuable information you have, the bigger a target you might be. Avoid using social security numbers or other personal information for customer identification. Opt instead for log in identification and passwords. More layers of identification help keep attackers from being able to simulate users. Consider deleting personal information that you don’t really need.

6. Keep a clean machine. Having the latest security software, web browser and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware and other online threats. Many software programs will automatically connect and update to defend against known risks. Turn on automatic updates if that’s an available option.

7. Use multiple layers of security. Spam filters will weed out malware and phishing scams — many of which are aimed directly at businesses — keeping your email safer and easier to use. Employ a firewall to keep criminals out and sensitive data in.

8. Scan all new devices. Be sure to scan all USB and other devices before they are attached to your network.

9. Educate employees. Employees are often the handlers of customer data. They therefore need to be kept up-to-date on how to protect that information to make sure it does not accidentally land in the wrong hands. They should be educated about the newest fraud schemes and urged to employ best practices such as not responding to or opening attachments or clicking suspicious links in unsolicited email messages.

10. Protect against mobile device risks. Smartphones, tablets and laptops can add to employee flexibility and productivity, but they can also be repositories of sensitive information, which, if lost, can harm your customers and your business. Impress upon employees and other partners the importance of keeping these devices secure from loss or theft. At the same time, stress that not reporting such an incident, if it happens, is worse.

For more information, the Alliance and the U.S. Small Business Administration Small Business Technology Coalition have compiled numerous tips.

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Facebook Tests Snapchat-Like Stories Feature, Updates Privacy Basics for Easier Understanding

Facebook Tests Snapchat-Like Stories Feature, Updates Privacy Basics for Easier Understanding

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  • Facebook Stories is being tested in Ireland initially
  • Privacy Basics redesigned for better organised information
  • Facebook Messenger will soon show up ads like news feed

In a move that will hardly come as a surprise to anyone, Facebook is testing a Stories feature, similar to the one present on Snapchat, on its mobile application on iOS and Android. Notably, Facebook-owned Instagram also introduced its own version of the feature, essentially a clone of the one present on Snapchat, last year in August. The social media networking giant has also updated the privacy settings available on its platform by making them easier to understand with the help of more guides. Finally, the company says it will start showing

Facebook Stories feature has begun testing in Ireland but will roll out to other countries in coming months, reports Business Insider, citing a Facebook spokeperson. The new feature is said to work similarly to Instagram and Snapchat. Users can choose to share images and videos that will disappear after a time span of 24 hours. The shared content in Facebook Stories will not be visible on news feed or on user’s timeline and viewers can reply to someone’s story through a direct message, as pointed out by BusinessInsider.

Unsurprisingly, you also get to add selfie filters to the videos and images through the feature. Just like on Instagram and Snapchat, the shared Stories will be visible on top of the screen, as per the report.

Separately, in order to make it easier for people to make use of the privacy tools available on the social media networking platform, Facebook has revamped its Privacy Basics to make sure important features are easier to find. On the basis of user feedback, the information on privacy and account security has been organised in such a way that users understand it easily, as per the company’s claims.

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Privacy Basics provides 32 interactive guides available in 44 languages to help users understand the security tools and features available at their disposal.

“Privacy Basics gives you tips for things like securing your account, understanding who can see posts and knowing what your profile looks like to others,” the company said in its news post.

The revamped Privacy Basics essentially allows users to review who will be able to see their post, crucial information on their profile, apps that they are using, and more.

Apart from these additions, in coming weeks, Facebook is about to conduct a test, limited to Australia and Thailand as of now, which adds advertisements inside its Messenger app just like the ones present on its News Feed. Similar to how the company shows birthday notifications, these advertisements from businesses will show up in the area below your recent conversations.

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“No one will see an ad in a conversation without clicking on an ad experience on the Messenger home screen or starting a conversation with a brand – these test ads won’t originate in your conversations,” Facebook said in a separate news post.

Notably, users who will be part of this test will be able to hide or report specific ads that they find inappropriate or intrusive.

Facebook has also revamped its News Feed to surface more relevant videos. With its new change, Facebook looks at “percent completion” to understand which videos were more compelling for the user. The social media company announced on Wednesday that it has modified its system for showing trending topics in order to better deliver news.

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EU Privacy Watchdogs Warn WhatsApp on Privacy Policy, Yahoo on Breach

EU Privacy Watchdogs Warn WhatsApp on Privacy Policy, Yahoo on Breach


  • EU sent letters to WhatsApp and Yahoo
  • Said they had concerns about WhatsApp’s recent change in privacy policy
  • Asked Yahoo to communicate all aspects of the data breach

European privacy watchdogs said on Friday they had sent letters to WhatsApp over its sharing of information with parent company Facebook and Yahoo over a 2014 data breach and its scanning of customer emails for US intelligence purposes.

European Union data protection authorities said they had serious concerns about WhatsApp’s recent change in privacy policy in which it would share users’ phone numbers with Facebook, its first change in policy since Facebook bought the messaging service.

The authorities, known as the Article 29 Working Party, “requested WhatsApp to communicate all relevant information to the Working Party as soon as possible and urged the company to pause the sharing of users’ data until the appropriate legal protections could be assured.”

A spokeswoman for WhatsApp said the company was working with data protection authorities to address their questions.”We’ve had constructive conversations, including before our update, and we remain committed to respecting applicable law,” she said.

The watchdogs also wrote to Yahoo over a massive data breach that exposed the email credentials of 500 million users, as well as its scanning of customers’ incoming emails for specific information provided by US intelligence officials.

They asked the company to communicate all aspects of the data breach to the EU authorities, to notify the affected users of the “adverse effects” and to cooperate with all “upcoming national data protection authorities’ enquiries and/or investigations.

“Yahoo was invited to provide information on the legal basis and the compatibility with EU law of any such activity,” the watchdogs said in a statement regarding the email scanning.

The Yahoo and WhatsApp cases will be discussed by regulators in November.

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