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Popular File-Storage Android App Caught Using Adware Campaign and Making Purchases Without User Consent

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Popular File-Storage Android App Caught Using Adware Campaign and Making Purchases Without User Consent 4shared is one of the most popular media-sharing Android apps with more than 100+ million installs in Google Play store. Recently, Security researchers revealed that the app is secretly displaying invisible ads and without user consent and subscribes them to paid services, collectively costing millions of dollars. Users are not aware of the issue because this app operates these kinds of activities in the background, displaying everything normal on the screen. How this app operates Researchers say that the app contains a suspicious third-party code that allowed the app to automate clicks and to make purchases without user consent. A component built by Hong Kong-based Elephant Data downloads the code which is responsible for generating automated clicks without the user’s knowledge. The code also sets a cookie to determine if the device has previously been used to make a purchase.

Facebook reduces ranking of content that promotes sensational medical cures

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Facebook reduces ranking of content that promotes sensational medical cures Facebook is finally heading towards something positive to make people focus more on realistic and genuine content than on miraculous stuff. One of the most popular social media sites has announced to downgrade and neglect material that provokes miracle cures regarding health issues. It is because the site was being criticized for allowing the spread of such content that misguide people. Even YouTube is also struggling to downgrade the material that is misleading the audience.  Both Facebook and  YouTube  are making efforts not only to work against remedies and all but also working hard to avoid content that promotes controversies and doubtful believes such as moon landings were faked, earth is flat and so on. Complaints were received against content such as home remedies to cure cancer or remedies to overcome autism. Recently, Facebook took a step and cut off revenues of online advertisements that represent

Adware exist in more than 182 Android Apps since 2018

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Adware exist in more than 182 Android Apps since 2018 The  researchers from Trend Micro team  recently unveiled a new adware campaign that took place inside the Google Play Store through 111 free-to-download apps. The adware ridden apps are actually games, camera apps, photo editors, etc., these apps expose the inability of Google to keep malware-infected apps out of the Android store. Adware campaign The adware campaign uses 182 apps in total and 111 of these apps were available in the Play Store, while others were found in the 9Apps and the PP Assistant stores. Out of the 111 apps, 68 were duplicates and the remaining apps were unique. After analyzing the features, code characteristics, publishing times, packaging methods and the labels, the researchers found that the adware campaign apps has been live since 2018, but only 8 among those are still available on Play Store until today. Game and camera Apps to delete right away If you have any of the game and camera apps insta

After 25 Years, There can Finally be an Official Standard for Using Robots.txt, Thanks to Google

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After 25 Years, There can Finally be an Official Standard for Using Robots.txt, Thanks to Google Around 25 years ago,  Google put forth  an official internet standard for the  robots.txt  files’ rules. The rules were defined in the Robots Exclusion Protocol (REP) and are still considered as an unofficial standard. Although the search engines have endorsed REP during the last 25 years, developers often assign their own meanings as it’s unofficial. Moreover, with time, it has become outdated as well, failing to cater to the use cases of today. Even Google admitted that the ambiguous nature of the standard creates difficulties for website owners to implement the rules correctly. The Tech Giant then proceeded with a solution as well by documenting how the REP should be applied on modern web. Google then submitted the draft to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) for evaluation. View image on Twitter Google Webmasters ✔ @googlewmc In 25 years, robots.

Ads on social media are becoming increasingly popular

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Ads on social media are becoming increasingly popular New products and services are introduced to the mass public through advertising. Advertising holds immense importance and exists in all media platforms such as TV, print and especially social media. Although  several internet users block ads  to appear on the screen, almost half of the people make get attracted to the products they see in ads and they tend to buy them. Global ad spend is expected to rise to  $333 billion  (by 18%) in 2019 and $517 billion in 2023. Digital marketing will observe a major surge as compare to traditional marketing in the future, according to eMarketer.  While Google is the first one, Facebook and Instagram altogether are said to be the second largest ad platforms. To better understand how effective is advertising on social media, the folks at  GlobalWebIndex  (GWI) share their insights on the subject, here's what they found: The percentage of people using social media for purchasing items has i