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Often Asked Questions: Are There Cyber-Security Dangers With Apps And What’s About Privacy?

Often Asked Questions: Are There Cyber-Security Dangers With Apps And What’s About Privacy?

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WHAT Are Apps?

[START Text from Wikipedia] A mobile app, short for mobile application, or just app, is application software designed to run on smartphonestablet computers and other mobile devices. The term “app” is a shortening of the term “application software“. It has become very popular and in 2010 was listed as “Word of the Year” by the American Dialect Society.[2] In 2009, technology columnist David Pogue said that newer smartphones could be nicknamed “app phones” to distinguish them from earlier less-sophisticated smartphones.[3] [END Text from Wikipedia]

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Infographic credit ===> http://fluency21.com/blog/2013/04/21/all-about-apps-infographic/ <===

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As already mentioned above: “Apps are designed to run on smartphones, etc.” means that they were created, actually programmed by humans and any code has bugs!

First WE need to know that WE are working with programmed code created by humans, and as ===> Nobody Is Perfect <=== so aren’t these programs. WE must also admit that NOT any programmer has the necessary knowledge about to create code for BEST Cyber-Security, NOR isn’t it possible to create 100% secure code, there is always a certain percentage of bugs in the code, thus meaning: there will be vulnerabilities in these programs!

I invite YOU to read the article(s) below for a deeper insight:

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Creating Apps In Schools For Kids And Parents: WHAT Should WE Be Aware About!?

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Apps are NOT ===> TOYS <===! There are STRICT rules to be followed as mentioned from the ===> U.S. Small Business Administration <===:

12. If you’re dealing with financial data, health data, or kids’ data, make sure you understand applicable standards and regulations

If your app deals with kids’ data, health data, or financial data, ensure you’re complying with relevant rules and regulations, which are more complex. The FTC offers details on the regulations that your business needs to be aware of in the following guides:

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Find out the complete guidelines here, please:

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Apps And Cyber-Security

Apart from programming errors, there are ALSO the bad boys (Cyber-Criminals) who are creating (programming) Apps to take the control over YOUR devices to earn money with them!

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Click the image to access the article who explains well in detail.

[START Text from TrendLabsSM 2013 Annual Security Roundup] On the mobile security front, we witnessed the mobile malware and high-risk app volume surpass the 1-million mark as early as September 2013.2. The current volume has, in fact, reached roughly 1.4 million, with 1 million new malicious and high-risk apps found in 2013 alone. [END Text from TrendLabsSM 2013 Annual Security Roundup]

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Malicious and High-Risk Mobile App Growth, 2013

Image credit ===> http://www.trendmicro.com/cloud-content/us/pdfs/security-intelligence/reports/rpt-cashing-in-on-digital-information.pdf <===

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Please find the full report of TrendLabsSM 2013 Annual Security Roundup here:

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 Click the above image to access the article, please.

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Apps vulnerabilities

 Click the above image to access the article, please.

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Click the above video to learn more.

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Check out ALSO (A MUST to understand) the video below, please, who explains BEST:

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And ALSO the McAfee LAbs Threats Report Fourth Quarter 2013

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TOTAL MOBILE MALWARE 2013

TOTAL MOBILE MALWARE 2013

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Good To Know: Who Is Hosting Most Of Malware And Spam?

I am getting asked very often who are the countries who host most of Malware and Spam, check below to find out, please.

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Location Of Servers Hosting Suspect Content 2013

Location Of Servers Hosting Suspect Content 2013

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TOP Countries Hosting Phishing And Spam URLs 2013

TOP Countries Hosting Phishing And Spam URLs 2013

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Third Party App Stores, Avoid Them!

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The main distribution method of malware Apps is still shady apps downloaded via third-party app stores, say the Security experts! Thus meaning: download Apps ONLY from their ORIGIN website, please check below:

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Smartphones Are Mini Computers With Phone Capability

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DON’T forget that Smartphones are Mini-Computers with phone capability and so YOU MUST treat them ALSO! Thus meaning: the same AWARENESS and PROTECTION is necessary as for computers ===> ANY OS & ANY DEVICE <===!

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When Good Technology Goes Bad: Evolution of Mobile Technology

March 2014

Mobile hardware is evolving at an unbelievable rate. Think about it: the cell phone you are using right now has more computing power than the computers that sent Neil Armstrong into space a few decades ago. And not only has mobile technology been advancing so impressively, but the costs associated with the technology have been decreasing, making it more widely available and adopted.

Read more:

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How To Protect OUR Smartphones?

programmerman2SO, now WE know about the online dangers, BUT How-To protect OUR Smartphones and tablets? Well, there are a lot of professional Security companies who offer protection tools, even as FREEWARE, check links below, please:

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And WHAT About Privacy!?

sharing-iconTalking about Privacy? YES, in some countries Privacy isn’t really (not yet) a matter, BUT in EUROPE WE fight for OUR human right about PRIVACY! When WE work together with children WE need to take care about the DATA which is used from the kids in EDUCATION and ALSO, especially, the private data who is shared through the different APPS! MOST of people don’t even know about the word “Permissions” when THEY install APPS on their devices, and that is very BAD!

People expose so THEIR complete ONLINE LIFE (which is ALSO their private life in Real-World…) on the internet! This is THEIR “Digital Footprint” who is used by commercials to address them tailored advertising and ALSO, the MOST important, it is THEIR resume for future employers! OUR “Digital Footprint” will replace the resume in the future (even NOW already…) where employers find out what WE deed over years and SO can make a profile over their future (OR NOT) employees!

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“When you look at most of the mobile apps, you accept the application and its privileges settings, and there is very little ability for you to customise those settings, so you either agree or disagree.

“App developers are trying to monetise their apps, because remember, most of these are being sold for $1.99 or they’re free, so the only way that they are going to make money is collecting and harvesting data, and selling it to a data house, who in turn is going to sell it to advertisers.

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Read more:

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Apps Security and Privacy

Infographic credit ===> http://go.pronq.com/fortifymobile <===

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Read more below, please, a MUST for understanding:

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Are There Existing Tools To Let Me Know Which Apps I Should Be Cautious?

YES, there are FREE online tools where YOU get instant transparency while you’re using Apps on the Web or Facebook, such as App Advisor, who helps safe-guard your personal data by telling you exactly which apps you should be cautious of, before they become a threat to your privacy.

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Farmville and Privacy

Click this link ===> App Advisor <===

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Sounds like a lot of RESPONSIBILITY, isn’t it?

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The word RESPONSIBILITY, oh YES, do YOU still know what it means? Internet shows us all again that WE are ALL responsible about OUR actions, interactions with other people, same actually as in the REAL-WORLD 😉

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Think For More…

DON’T forget about tools (Apps) ===> THEY are ONLY as good as the person who uses them and knows ALSO which tool to use for a specific task! <===

Deep-THINKing: DON’T use a screwdriver to hit nails 😉 Thus meaning: YOUR Professional Development needs to be Up-To-Date to know which tool to use and when to use it for a quality course!

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Some Critical Thinking: Do I really need an app to do that?

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There are tons of different Apps around and the average user has installed at least hundred (100) Apps on its device(s)!? Aren’t users dependent (addicted) already on Apps and on using THEIR Smartphones!? Was “Albert EINSTEIN” right!? Do WE really need ALL those installed Apps? Can WE still live without the internet and the Apps!? Imagine ONLY one day without YOUR Smartphone, how would YOU feel!?

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THE MUST HAVE Apps

Here below my non-exhaustive list of MUST-HAVE Apps:

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And as WE know that the NSA is spying around (Cyberespionage) it would be a good idea to look for companies located in Europe instead in the USA for stocking OUR DATA! Check below for possibilities:

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Gust MEESL’auteur Gust MEES est Formateur andragogique / pédagogique TIC, membre du “Comité Conseil” de “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), appelé maintenant BEESECURE, partenaire officiel (consultant) du Ministère de l’éducation au Luxembourg du projet  ”MySecureIT“, partenaire officiel du Ministère du Commerce au Luxembourg du projet ”CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure).


The author Gust MEES is ICT Course Instructor, ”Member of the Advisory Board” from “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), BEESECURE, Official Partner (Consultant) from the Ministry of Education in Luxembourg, project “MySecureIT“, Official Partner from the Ministry of Commerce in Luxembourg, project “CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure).

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Keywords as a reminder for me to create this blog post: Privacy, Mobile-Security, Cyber-Security, Nobody-Is-Perfect, Bugs, Malware, Threat Report 2013, Mobile-Malware on the rise, FREE protection software and Apps, Privacy settings and awareness, Digital Citizen, Mobile Botnet, Curation links, Infographics, stress, too many Apps, do I really need an app to do that? Right use of tools, Third Party App Stores,

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Stay tuned for next blog post(s) 😉

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SO, What’s THE CHANGE For Teachers In 21st Century Education!?

SO, What’s THE CHANGE For Teachers In 21st Century Education!?

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SO, What’s THE Change For Teachers In 21st Century Education!?

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sharing iconThis is a general overview only to explain in simple words:

I get asked very often and get also a lot of discussions with people and also teachers about what’s THE real CHANGE in 21st Century Education and especially for teachers, even that MOST people tell me that “THE CHANGE” is very difficult to understand! BUT it’s actually very easy to understand, BUT it needs to get accepted from the teachers! This is my point of view, let me explain, please:.

What really changed for teachers is the way they will teach the students, THEY are NOT anymore “THE BOSS” in the classroom, ===> THEY are NOW a coach! <=== Someone who is guiding the students (learners) in THEIR way of learning and showing THEM how to learn and to deal with the BIG DATA on the Internet! It is NOT anymore a classroom of silence, it is a classroom where learners sit together in groups to solve problems in a team, solving the problems and learning together with the skills THEY acquired through previous teaching lessons.

It’s NOW ===> Us and THEM <===, WE try to work as a team for getting BEST results, it is NOW learner-centered! WE as teaching persons are NOT anymore THE most important one, BUT WE change THE way how WE are TEACHING and WE focus on what OUR mission is: giving OUR learners (students) the BEST Education to face the REAL WORLD outside of the “School-Cocoon“, thus meaning: WE need to know what the skills are that the REAL WORLD needs!

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Image source: Prepare Learners for the Global Workforce

The teacher is NOT anymore in front of the class, BUT s(he) is together with the learners in the classroom. WHERE the term CLASSROOM needs to get redefined!

=> THE CLASSROOM is not anymore inside the schools, ===> NO “School-Cocoon” anymore! <=

 ===> THE WALLS are broken and Teaching and Learning takes part everywhere, outside the “OLD definition of CLASSROOM”! <===

It is ALSO the WE as WE are looking for a win-win situation between OUR learners and us as teachers, WE try to get out the BEST “Team-Work” as it is that skills are needed in the REAL WORLD from the employers! Students (Learners) should know about “Team-Work” as they will face it once out of school and being employed!

The biggest mistake teachers actually make is thinking that by using the newest educational ICT tools and technical devices will make them a 21st Century teacher, NO ===> NOT AT ALL!

[Start Text from: Don’t Confuse Technology With Teaching] Educators are coaches, personal trainers in intellectual fitness. The value we add to the media extravaganza is like the value the trainer adds to the gym or the coach adds to the equipment. We provide individualized instruction in how to evaluate and make use of information and ideas, teaching people how to think for themselves. [End Text from: Don’t Confuse Technology With Teaching]

THIS ALL needs a serious up-to-date of Professional Development! Check below for more information about PD, please:

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Image credit ===> http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=A+Simple+%28Not+Easy%29+Pedagogy+Assessment

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Learn more:

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Check out ALSO these SlideShare examples, great stuff:

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Check out this Infographic, please, which explains BEST for understanding:

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Morphing into a 21st Century Teacher

Infographic credits: http://edudemic.com/2013/04/27-tips-for-becoming-a-digital-teacher/

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Important to know: The Difference Between Contemporary And Traditional Learning

Check the infographic below who explains very well, please:

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Click image to enlarge! Image credits: http://edudemic.com/2013/03/contemporary-and-traditional-learning-difference/

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How to know which skills the market needs!? 

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book-question-markThat is also something I get very often asked: WE don’t know about the future jobs as every day NEW ones getting created emerged by the ICT and especially because of “Social Media“, so how to know about what to teach!?

That is certainly a well founded question and needs to get answered a bit differently by applying Howard GARDNER‘s view in his book “5 Minds For The Future“, see screenshot below, please.

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5 minds 4 the future

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By reading the above, I think the question is answered very well and with your pedagogical background you will know how to adapt your courses to it! OR??? Perhaps ALSO revising what you learned before you got your diploma, a little refresh of knowledge helps also…

Check out also my multilingual book selection (EN, FR, DE):

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It’s about the learning, not the tools

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iste-standardsLots of teachers have misunderstood what a 21st Century teacher should be and are doing nothing else as using the new educational tools, which is NOT the right way, sorry! The tools ONLY help making the courses more engaging and also more fun for the learners when well applied. They are necessary, BUT it is STILL the updated pedagogical knowledge of the teacher who is more important!

[Start Text from EDUDEMIC] However, if teachers change their approach to focus on transferable technology skills (i.e. the NETS-S) it will make the integration of technology more meaningful and prepare our students with skills they can take with them in the future.

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) has developed a set of “standards for learning, teaching, and leading in the digital age that are widely recognized and adopted worldwide.” Those standards, known as the National Education Technology Standards (NETS), have several benefits including:

  • Improving higher-order thinking skills, such as problem solving, critical thinking, and creativity
  • Preparing students for their future in a competitive global job market
  • Designing student-centered, project-based, and online learning environments
  • Guiding systemic change in our schools to create digital places of learning
  • Inspiring digital age professional models for working, collaborating, and decision making.

[End Text from EDUDEMIC]

Read the complete article here, please:

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And as I was talking ALSO about the “updated pedagogical knowledge“, known also as “Professional Development“, check here, please, to find out if YOUR PD is up-to-date:

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Another BIG mistake is to focus ONLY on Apple devices and Apple resources in schools, such as iPad and iPhone Apps and more… Teachers like to play with them and students certainly also, BUT:

  • There are more employers who use Windows machines than Apple machines worldwide and the students need first the knowledge and the skills to work with that “Operating System” (OS)!
  • Once out of school and applying for a job, these “Windows Skills” are a ===> MUST to get a job!!! <===
  • NOT every employer allows a “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) strategy inside its company for different reasons, mostly for Cyber-Security reasons!

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Check also these articles, please:

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Social Media As Well Is NOW Included For Teaching And Learning

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First of all, let us take a look about what “Social Media” is, watch the video below, please:

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Why Social Media Should be Taught in Our School Systems

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sharing-iconSocial Media (Twitter, Facebook and…) is part already of commercial strategies in most companies worldwide and if not yet it will be as companies must follow this trend to stay competitive! SO, the students (learners) need to have these “Social Mediaskills as well to be able to use them later in their future working place(s)!

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I think the BEST way to explain it is to check my curation of professional articles, read them, please:

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What are the trends in 21st Century Education?

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As a good introduction, I think it would be good to watch first this video:

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What are the learning futures? Check below:

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BUT How Could I Follow With My Professional Development!?

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sharing-iconFirst of all check out what is offered from your Education Ministry and then you might check my blog to find out what is needed to complete your PD:

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If you are a self-learner, an autodidact, I suggest to you to use Twitter together with Curation and trying to build up a “Personal Learning Network” (PLN) and to participate on Twitter-Chats.

A very good practice would be ALSO to invite teachers who are NOT YET ready for the 21st Century Education in a classroom as an observer for learning together with an experienced teacher and giving him ALSO the right to teach, the moment s(he) wants to say something when the experienced teacher is giving the course(s)! This needs to get briefed before the course(s) start… This would made him (her) feeling part of it and encourage also…

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Watch the video below to listen what the experts say:

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Find the explications here:

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What are the barriers to overcome for that THE CHANGE happens?

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1ibdy1vf6wghd-n05dgl-aigainformation1Without a lot of talking myself, I invite you to read the following articles which explain  at its BEST:

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Quote from [https://twitter.com/kimgarst] “If you don’t leave your past in the past, it WILL destroy your future. Live 4 what today has to offer, not for what yesterday has taken away.

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Final Word

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This is what I see as THE CHANGE with my actual knowledge, but if YOU dear reader have some more information, feel free to leave constructive comments, suggestions and even constructive critics…

Of course there are ALSO the Parent-Teachers meetings and other changes, BUt I wanted to show ONLY the changes for the teachers who are THE CHANGE for the mind… Once accepted these changes in the mind, it will take some time to adapt

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Stay tuned for next posts 😉

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