April 20, 2009
It’s Monday again, let’s take a look back at some of the major mobile milestones of the last week in mobile:
TGDaily reported that rumors of internal memo’s circulating at Palm and Sprint are stating a preliminary launch date for the Palm Pre of May 17th, though with the possibility of being pushed back to June 29th, if Palm can’t deliver enough units in time. The Palm Pre, announced at this years CES, is the first device using Palm’s new WebOS, a radically new and different UI than seen in previous Palm devices.
Joystiq also reported rumors of Microsoft somehow bringing the popular Halo franchise to Windows Mobile, citing a job posting over at job hunting supersite, Careerbuilder. With most new phones that are being designed for Windows Mobile 6.5 and 7, and starting to show 3d Graphics Chipsets from the likes of ATI and Nvidia, could I picture myself driving a warthog and fighting off the Covenant on the morning train ride to work? You betcha.
Blackberry Storm users got a new Firmware update, fixing numerous stability problems and bugs on the device, as well as adding new features like an on screen keyboard, and more.
Also out of the Microsoft camp, new details on the upcoming ZuneHD were released by WMPowerUser, including some various pictures and details. Why is this mobile related? Because it seems that the new Zune HD will be possibly running a copy of Windows Mobile 7, which makes sense based on recent rumors of some of the zune team and windows mobile team being merged together internally recently. Will we start seeing new ZuneHD Phones? Time will tell.
In Flexilis news, on Wednesday, we had our usual Waffle Wednesday, but also released the 6th Iteration of Flexilis Beta, details of which can be found by clicking HERE.
One of our Engineers, Anthony Lineberry, also spoke about Linux Security at BlackHat Europe last week, to much acclaim.
On Twitter, we also asked everyone, “what’s the biggest question you’ve always wanted to know the answer to about mobile or mobile security?” We’d still love to hear all of your questions and thoughts on this, so please reply in the comments, or if you’re on twitter, send @flexilis a reply!
April 17, 2009
For those of you who use the Popular Mobile/Social networking/Microblogging service Twitter, the “Mikeyy” worm is back.
It hit last week, and is a nuisance to twitter accounts, posting unwanted messages on profiles.
The “mikeyy” attack is posting messages on user’s Twitter pages, much like last week’s attack. At the time of writing, it’s still live and posting messages which contain the name “mikeyy”. The messages include the following:
“he’s back. 😉 – mikeyy”
“womp. womp. womp.”
“you funny. – mikeyy”
We’d like to share some advice on Mikeyy, and how to protect yourself, from a Mashable story earlier this week:
How Mikeyy Works
Mikeyy appears to use the same technique as the StalkDaily worm, suggesting that the issue has not been fully fixed: exactly like yesterday’s exploit, it adds an executable script after #color in the CSS. There are multiple user-editable fields in the Twitter settings, and our best guess is that the exploit is using a different field for input.
It appears to be more of a nuisance than malicious at this point – the attacker is pointing out that Twitter has not fully fixed the issue.
What To Do
To prevent infection, it’s smart to:
1. Stop visiting Twitter profiles on the web, since these are the source –
2. You might want use a 3rd party app like TweetDeck () or Seesmic Desktop () for now
If you’re affected by Mikeyy, it’s smart to:
1. In your browser settings, clear your cache and cookies
3. Log into Twitter. Go to your Twitter settings and check for anything suspicious, particularly in the URL or location. If there’s anything there, delete it fully and replace with your actual URL and location.
5. Delete unwanted Tweets containing Mikeyy
6. As an extra precaution, reset your Twitter password.
7. Log out of your account.
8. Since there are claims that Mikeyy may re-activate on login at Twitter.com, you may wish to continue using Twitter via a desktop client like TweetDeck or Seesmic Desktop, rather than on the web.
If you need help, feel free to send us an @reply on twitter, (our account is twitter.com/flexilis if you’d like to follow us) and we’ll be glad to give you advice!
-The Flexilis Team
April 15, 2009
Flexilis Beta Release 6 is now out and ready for download! This was a major update which includes many speed and stability enhancements on both the client and the web. We know how important performance is to everyone, so we continue to make sure that we’re running as light and efficient as possible. Some of the notable changes include:
- Continued enhancement of mobile client performance
- Numerous server side speed and stability improvements
- Added the ability to restore data to different devices
- Fixed multiple bugs with locating missing devices
To check out all the new updates, just visit http://beta.flexilis.com/ and log in to your account. Your mobile client will automatically download and install the new updates at its next scheduled connection. If you’d like to view a full list of changes and get more details about this release, take a look at our changelog.
We would like to thank everyone that contributed feedback and bug reports for this release. If you need help or would like to send us a report, you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or use our contact form to get in touch with us any time. We love receiving your feedback! Everything that you send us helps to improve Flexilis and ensure that you and your mobile device remain safe and connected.
-The Flexilis Team
April 13, 2009
Last week we had some great pieces of news in the mobile world. Boy Genius Report and CNET Reported some possible new details of RIM’s BlackBerry Storm 2, including that we might see it at the end of this year, or early 2010, as well as the inclusion of Wi-Fi, and even a new touch screen, to address the many concerns and complaints users had with the original Storm. Google pushed out its new engine for iPhone and Android users, giving users offline access, a “floaty bar” for archive, delete and more, as well as quicker access to search and tasks. The new interface displays email labels as well as being an overall quicker and smoother experience.
On the Windows Mobile side of things we saw Trinket Software introduced their new Twitter client, “Twikini” to much positive acclaim, giving WinMo users a lot of features that iPhone users have been enjoying on their clients, such as TwitPic integration, Media Player integration, and a sleek, easily usable interface. We also got to see a preview of the new BlackBerry 5.0 OS, which can best be described as a combination of the Storm OS and the Bold OS, but much faster.
The previous week we brought you info that the Windows Mobile team was to give out 5 mobile devices on Twitter, and gave you all the information to enter to win. Many entered, and the Final 5 were chosen, including Flexilis Twitter follower @mglickman, who I believe won an HTC Touch Pro. (Very cool phone!). Be sure to follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/flexilis , as we’ll try to bring you more information in the future on mobile giveaways, whether it be iPhone’s, BlackBerries, or other popular mobile devices, or even apps and games for the various mobile platforms, and perhaps even giveaways of our own, available only to @Flexilis Twitter followers. Not sure about what Twitter is and want to learn more? check out Twitter Help & TweeterNet for more info and answers!
Lastly, what do you think of the Flexilis blog? What would you like to see more of? Less of? We want to hear from you! We’re still finding our footing here, and look to bring you a wide variety of mobile and mobile security related content in the future. Let us know your thoughts so far in the comments below, or drop us a line, at support at flexilis dot com.
April 6, 2009
I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Chris, and I’m the Community Director here at Flexilis. It’s a pretty exciting time in the mobile world right now, as well as here at Flexilis. Over the past few years, the innovations in mobile technology have been unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. The cellular phone was born as a rare commodity owned only by the few, and evolved to a point where they gained more ground & were used for business and emergencies with the landline still holding significant market share. When phones such as Motorola’s RAZR came onto the scene, we entered a time when the cellular phone was not only showing the world who was boss in the personal communications market, but also saying, “Hey, mobile devices are trendy and cool now!”. In parallel, Blackberry jumped to the front as the de-facto business communication device of choice, allowing businesses and employees to exchange emails, set up appointments, and access the internet at lightning speeds (relatively speaking).
Fast forward to today, we’ve entered an exciting age with the advent of devices like Apple’s iPhone, HTC’s Touch HD, the Blackberry Storm, and more, that are redefining personal communication in exciting and new ways. We no longer walk around talking with “cellular phones”, but rather “mobile devices”, which are so much more than a phone. With Touch screens, haptic feedback, 3D graphics, and data communication that rivals home broadband connections, mobile phones now help us manage our lives. They provide us music for the morning jog, that last minute memo change for the morning meeting, help us pre-order lunch with our significant other, get that reminder to pick up the kids from soccer practice, and grab dinner on the way home with GPS navigation to that new restaurant you wanted to try. We invest a lot of our lives into our mobile devices, from emails & text messages to online banking and more. In this amazing time where our phones do what we’ve used personal computers to do for years, we’re storing more and more personal data on them than we realize.
When it comes to the world of security, virus and malware writers often like to target devices with the biggest market share or the lowest hanging fruit. As such, mobile devices are becoming an even bigger target quite rapidly. Here at Flexilis, we recognize this, and want to do our part to protect mobile devices, – to make the mobile world a safer place to work and play.
We encourage you to sign up for the beta, and if we’re not on your current device type yet, don’t worry, we’re working hard at making our software protect as many devices as possible (utilizing some very cool cross platform technology we’ve developed), and will likely be on your phone’s platform soon.
In the future, look here to the Flexilis blog for updates on Flexilis, things going on with the team, thoughts on mobile devices, security, and more! So, be sure to subscribe to our RSS feed, and follow us on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/flexilis. If you’d like to contact us, need help with the beta, or have thoughts, feedback, or feature recommendations, just shoot us an email at support [at] flexilis [dot]com, and we’ll make sure you’re taken care of!
See you soon!