From my research, the type of malware used in the text message depends on if you will be able to detect it. If you have a mobile antivirus such as Avast Mobile Security then it may be able to detect the malware once it starts performing its tasks but Avast has yet to release a way block the malware before the infection, i.e. when the MMS video is loaded, but say they are working on it right now.
On July 29th, we held our July Advantage Lunch at Edgewood Country Club. (If you’re not familiar with the Advantage Lunch, learn about it at advantagelunch.com) The topic this month was Windows 10, and we had an incredible turnout! Over 40 IT and business professionals came to spend an hour with us demoing Windows 10 and explaining the new features. We were so excited and grateful to see so many faces there to spend time with and learn from us.
Recently a pretty serious android vulnerability was disclosed for Android Phones. The vulnerability, referred to as “Stagefright”, allows for a hacker to access your phone by sending you videos via text message (MMS).
To help mitigate the threat, I suggest everyone disable auto-retrieve in their MMS messaging apps and disable auto playing of videos where they can; web browsers and possibly apps like Facebook and Twitter. Most of all don't click on text messages from people you don't know.
Here at Advantage Technology, we’re big believers in education and continuing education. Our team holds various secondary degrees and industry-recognized certifications from VMware, Microsoft, ShoreTel, Dell, Aruba Networks and Avaya. So when our friends at West Virginia Junior College asked if they could bring a group of student by to see how our company works and exposed them to real-world IT, we were happy to spend a little time with them.
The reality of the modern office is that the average worker carries 3.5 mobile devices; smartphones, tablets, laptops. And the truth is that studies show mobile workers work more hours. So getting workers mobile is a good goal, but all these devices and all this mobility makes unified communication extremely difficult to manage. This challenge is where Advantage Technology steps in with ShoreTel Enterprise Mobility.
We’ve all heard aphorisms like “cleanliness is next to godliness,” “A cluttered desk is a cluttered mind,” and “Go clean your room!” Okay, that last one is probably more of a command than an aphorism, but the point is, society puts a lot of value on keeping things neat and tidy. There’s a reason for this; there are a tremendous amount of problems that can be avoided by having a place for everything and putting everything in its place.