President Barack Obama raised far more money via direct contributions, but Governor Mitt Romney’s campaign edged ahead via “outside spending” – including Super PACS largely enabled by the Citizens’ United Supreme Court decision which now allows corporations, unions and issue advocacy organizations unlimited campaign spending.
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Tagged Donations, Election 2012, Funds, Obama, Outside Spending, Politics, Romney, Super PACS
Cybersecurity is a rising concern globally — for individuals, businesses and nations. Unfortunately, many either don’t take the threat seriously or aren’t doing enough to protect themselves from cybercrime.
A Ponemon Institute survey of 583 U.S. companies found 90% had been hacked in the past 12 months. Of those companies, most admitted their networks had been breached more than once, and more than half expressed little to no confidence that they could ward off such attacks in the future.
SEE ALSO: 10 Spooky Cyberattacks in 2012 [INFOGRAPHIC]
America is not the most-hacked nation, but we still have a long way to go in terms of preventative measures. The most common password, after all, is still simply “password,” the worst choice you could make to secure your online identity.
Check out the infographic below to learn more about the state of cybersecurity and how to protect your online privacy.
During this year’s U.S. election, candidates channeled the power of apps and text messaging to appeal to voters, promote their party platform and fundraise.
CallerSmart analyzed how much telephones — smartphones, texts and anonymous phone banks — are bringing democracy to a digital environment. As it turns out, President Barack Obama or Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney could thank cellphones for being elected on Nov. 6.
SEE ALSO: How Are Apps Shaping the 2012 Election? [INFOGRAPHIC]
Obama and Romney developed personalized mobile apps to tap into a more connected constituency. The president’s app was more popular on Androids, while Romney’s was downloaded more on iPhones. What’s more, this year’s presidential election is the first to allow donations via text message.
For more on the use of mobile in the 2012 election, check out the infographic below:
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Tagged Dollars, Elections 2012, Mobile, Obama, Politics, Romney, Technology
More than 100,000 Android applications in Google Play are considered “suspicious” or “questionable,” according to new research.
Out of 412,000 apps in the store, this 25% pose a security risk to mobile users, according to Bit9, the security software firm that analyzed the apps’ security permissions.
Among its findings: 72% of apps use at least one high-risk permission; 42% access GPS location data (including wallpapers, games and utilities); 31% access phone numbers or calls; 26% access personal data such as contacts and email; and 9% use permissions that can cost users money. For more details, check out the infographic, below.
“A significant percentage of Google Play apps have access to potentially sensitive and confidential information,” Harry Sverdlove, chief technology officer of Bit9 said in a statement. “When a seemingly basic app such as a wallpaper requests access to GPS data, this raises a red flag.”
“Likewise, more than a quarter of the apps can access email and contacts unbeknown to the phone user, which is of great concern when these devices are used in the workplace.”
Recently, Android phones have come under scrutiny after the FBI‘s Internet Crime Complaint Center found malware that targets Android operating systems. Wireless company T-Mobile is ramping up protection against malware and viruses by preloading select Android devices with a free security app.
Do you double check apps for safety before downloading them from Google Play or the App Store? Tell us in the comments below.
Source: bit9.com, Mashable.com
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