A security flaw in Android phones could give a hacker control of your mobile phone via a simple text message without you doing anything or even knowing. New research has claimed hackers could easily gain access to you android phone and use its camera, and microphone to spy on you or more.

Mobile security experts at Zimperium have discovered that by exploiting Android’s media library, called Stagefright, sending a single video message to your phone can gain them access. You do not need to play the video, click on the message, or interact with it in any way. As soon as you have received the text message, your phone is already infected, and the hacker has full control of your android phone. “It really is up to their imagintaion what they do once they get in,” said Joshua Drake, security researcher at Zimperium.

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And now for something completely different…

Sentences I never thought I’d hear:
“Where’s the cat?”
“Upstairs playing a game on the phone”.

Play Store App Store

PawMe is a smartphone and tablet game for cats. The premise is simple really. The cat follows a ‘mouse’ around the screen and tries to ‘kill’ it with her paws. The more kills they make, the faster the prey goes, giving your cat a bit of a work out. The game works better on a tablet as there is more space for the mouse to move around the screen. You can play the game in single player mode, cat versus cat, human versus cat or human versus human. You can chnage the prey to various things for your cat to chase. The background is also changeable.

This is a great game if you have a hyperactive cat that thinks that fingers and toes and eyes and anything that moves is a toy.

Hours of fun for the kitty in your life!


Skype

Skype is a fantastic free computer program that enables people to speak to each other for free over the internet. It’s also possible to use Skype to make cheap calls to a land-line or mobile telephone. Our step-by-step guides will have you up and running on Skype in no time.

What is Skype?

Skype is a computer program that offers a VoIP (‘Voice over Internet Protocol’) service. This lets you make calls to people all over the world via your computers or telephone and have text chats. Calls between computers are usually free, and other Skype calls are generally inexpensive. With more than 650 million registered users, Skype is by far the most popular VoIP service, and ‘skyping’ is now almost as familiar a term as ‘googling’.
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Top 8 Benefits of a Facebook Business Page

1. Increased Exposure to Potential Customers

Facebook has over a BILLION users. While you won’t reach that many people, you can certainly reach thousands of potential customers.

2. Gather More Leads

Just having people Like your page won’t keep you in business but you can gather leads via Facebook. You can easily build an email database of your fans with give-aways, newsletters etc.

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Irishoutages.com; a simple website that keeps you informed.irish outages

Ever been stuck at home when your network goes? You’re stuck there wondering ‘Is the network down or is it just me’? Rather than relying on your family or friends to confirm or deny that it’s ‘just you’, you need irishoutages.com. It’s a very simple and striaghtforward website that foregoes all the usual bells and whistles. Simply go to the site, look for the service you’re having issues with and see if other users are experiencing problems or not. It has all the major phone networks in Ireland, services like Netflix and the Playstation Network and TV services such as Sky and UPC among many others. naughty list

Each company has a page with lots of info including a graph displaying outages in the last 24 hours, most reported problems (as a %), resolved issues (%) and the users can also add comments, usually to vent their frustration. Probably the most important bit if info is the Live Outages Map. This is a map showing where all the reported outages are coming from. So, you can see in an instant if people in your area are reporting issues. There are also links to the companies help centres and social media platforms.

The website also maintains a kind of ‘naughty list’. This is the 10 companies with the most issues that week.

It’s a very handy website for quick checks but as the reports are user generated, the information should be taken with a grain of salt.

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Ronan is the Director and brains behind Bridge PC Repair. With over ten years experience in the technology industry, sure he knows it all.

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GIMP; the free Photoshop alternative.

GIMP Photo-editing Tool

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a free Photoshop alternative designed for photo editing, touch ups, animations, and image creation.

If you’re familiar with Photoshop, you’ll recognise most of the tools available. The familiar panels of brushes, layers, paths and other tools makes it easy to figure out. Continue reading

Data Backup. What it is and why you need to do it

Backup Computer Key

More and more often we are getting customers asking us about backing up files and what’s the best and safest way to do so. We know that your files are the most important thing on your computer and losing them would be a disaster!

Here is just a few examples of  recent customers that we have in with us with loss of data issues :

Customer 1:

A virus had found it’s way onto the customers machine and encrypted all the files on the machine so they couldn’t be opened! No anti-virus or malware scans could unlock the files. Luckily, a backup had been made only a few days before the infection, so while the machine had to be repaired, all the files could be restored from a backup so we had the machine back up and going like new in a matter of hours, all because a crucial back up had been made! Incidentally, at the the time of writing, there is still no known way of unlocking the files (Tesla Crypt or Cryptolocker – look it up if you don’t believe us!)

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How to add and manage new users in Windows.

Step 1

Locate the Control Panel. This will vary by version of Windows. For Windows 7 and below, click the Start button and it will be on the right hand column. In Windows 8, the Control Panel  is accessible from the top or bottom right “hot corner”. Simply drag the mouse pointer to either corner until the menu appears along the right edge of the screen. Click on Setting and a new  pane will pop out and you can then choose Control Panel..

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mobile safetyStaying Safe on your Mobile Devices.

Popular free messaging app has failed miserably in the latest security report.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has published its annual ‘Who Has Your Back?’ scorecard, a report which rates 24 tech giants for security and data protection compliance. WhatsApp rated just one star out of a possible five. The company, which is owned by Facebook, had adopted none of the best practices recommended by the EFF.
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This weeks App of the Week is short and Sweet! Flipd for Android wants to lock you out of your phone addiction

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Sometimes, you need a break from smartphoning, and ironically enough —your smartphone can help! This time its an app called Flipd, a no-nonsense app that cuts you off from your smartphone. Once you select a determined time-out time and hit “Flip Off,” you’re locked out. You can select certain contacts that you can still call if need be, but that’s pretty much it. Smartphones are wonderful communication devices, but they can be excellent distraction machines as well. Continue reading