Spying app for Android smartphones

Android Spying App Review: Improving Smartphone Monitoring for Business

Use of smartphones has become a pretty common thing nowadays. Even we see many businesses providing their employees with Android phones for official purposes. These Android phones are supposed to help businesses become more efficient with their work by helping their employees stay in touch with their colleagues at all times. Even employees can benefit with the help of an Android phone if they install an Android spying app inside their employee’s cell phone to keep an eye on them at all times.

The popularity of Xnspy:

One of the most popular Android spying app in the world is Xnspy. This amazing piece of technology covers really less space inside the cell phone of your employees and provides you with all the data that is stored inside their cell phone. You will love to know that your employee never finds out about the presence of this app inside their cell phone and you get to keep an eye on them with ease. This user-friendly app does not even disrupt any cell phone feature of your employee.

Sharing of data:

All the hTC, LG, Samsung, Motorola, Sony, Dell, Acer, Huawei and other Android phones work brilliantly with Xnspy. All these phones must have an operating system of 2.3 or above that. You need your personal log-in details from Xnspy to gain access to your member’s area. Everything that is stored inside your employee’s cell phone will be shared with you.

Record surroundings:

This is a really interesting feature of Xnspy. With the help of this feature, employers may record all the sounds that surrounding their employee’s cell phone whenever they want to. This feature works with the help of the Mic in your employee’s phone. Apart from this, the ‘Geo Location’ feature assists you in tracking the exact location of your employees. This feature works with the help of the GPS navigator inside your employee’s Android phone.

Call and SMS Logs:

All the outgoing and incoming phone call records of employees are provided to employers by Xnspy along with the total duration and the exact time of each and every call. Not just this, all the missed call records are also part of the data provided. Another option for employers is that they shall even record any particular call if they feel they need to. Same goes for all the SMS messages records as well. All the messages sent and received by your employees are shown to you easily by Xnspy.

Added perks:

All the pictures, video files and audio files stored inside your employee’s cell phone will be provided to you with the help of this Android spying app. Even all the contact numbers stored inside their phone will be shown to you along with all the e–mail messages, web browsing history as well as all the bookmarked pages.

Smooth running of your business is a blessing. An Android spying app Xnspy ensures a smooth running of your business by keeping you informed about your employee’s activities at all times.

Windows 10 settings to protect your privacy

Which Windows 10 Settings Should You Change To Protect Your Privacy?

In July, 2015, Microsoft released its “final” version of Windows: 10. Claiming it will change how its software is delivered in the future and offering an upgrade to existing customers for free (at least for a year), Microsoft seems to have thought things through thoroughly. The question is, have you?

With cool new features, such as Cortana and developer access to a uniform system to create apps on, Windows 10 certainly has a lot to offer (especially for free). If you’ve already upgraded, great, but that also means that time is nearly up to change your mind. Windows 10 offers the ability to “downgrade” to your previous version if you decide you don’t like it, but only for one month.

Still, what’s not to like? With a sharper, more modern interface and faster overall load times, Windows 10 is looking pretty good. The problem, however, lies in whether or not you have a vested interest in your privacy. All these new features come with a trade-off: Microsoft, like other companies, wants to record more of what you’re doing.

So what can be done?

Trade-Off

Regrettably the shiniest, most toted feature of Windows 10 is Cortana. By having Cortana enabled, you give Microsoft permission to record your voice, your typing, view your contacts, your calendars, and monitor your internet traffic. She can even read your emails, and I don’t mean dictation.

Fortunately, Cortana does have certain options to turn on and off. If you go to Cortana’s Notebook and access Settings, you can control what apps she has access to and what data she syncs with the cloud service. You can even delete everything Cortana has collected about you, resetting her effectively to default.

To Microsoft’s credit, they allow you to not only delete information Cortana has stored about you on your device, but also the data stored in their servers. They are very open about what uses Cortana has for your information (hopefully they’re being honest) and why it may be required for her to work.

That said, much of what Cortana does can still be done manually, including searching for things on the net and handling your contacts and calendar events. For the most secure results, you can always switch Cortana off, and it’s recommended that you do so if privacy is your number one concern. The setting stays, so you won’t have to do it more than once unless you decide to try her out again.

Settings

Perhaps the most promising thing about Windows 10 is the ease of access to its settings. On the bottom right of your task bar (if you’re using PC Windows), there’s a little message bubble that takes you to Notifications, where you can access All Settings.

Windows 10 settings

From here, there’s a whole section devoted to your privacy, appropriately called Privacy. Under this section, there are numerous options, a few of which are worth addressing, while others aren’t as important. We’ll take a look at each section to see what’s relevant.

  1. General
  2. Under General, the only setting you should have turned on is the SmartScreen Filter; everything else is just providing additional information that should really be kept private as much as possible.

  3. Location
  4. Location settings are something you may need to turn on and off occasionally, but unless you’re using GPS, they should generally be turned off. Do note that if you’re using Cortana, these settings must be enabled or she won’t work.

  5. Camera
  6. Under the Camera settings, you can adjust which apps are allowed to access your camera. On your mobile, you’ll probably have this turned on, as several apps do need access to your camera to function. On your home computer, this isn’t as often the case; you’ll need to decide when it’s appropriate, but at least there’s a handy list of apps you can turn on and off.

  7. Microphone
  8. Another section that Cortana requires is the Microphone. Not many apps need access to your microphone to function, but there are bound to be a few. Enable and disable only the apps you trust; otherwise leave it turned off.

  9. Account info
  10. Like Cortana, plenty of apps want access to your contacts. They aren’t always malicious, but you’re better off disabling Contacts for any apps you don’t totally trust.

  11. Calendar
  12. Though I don’t personally use the Calendar, some people prefer keeping their plans highly organized and dated. If you’d prefer to keep your schedule to yourself, disable this to keep apps from accessing it (but again, you’re going to lose some functionality).

  13. Messaging
  14. Unless there’s a really compelling app or you hardly use texts or MMS, you’d do well to keep this section disabled. There are probably legitimate reasons for an app to read your texts, but since we’re focused on privacy, you’ll want this turned off.

  15. Radios
  16. The Radios settings address the use of tools such as Bluetooth and are mostly okay to have turned on. If you’re in an unfamiliar area and carrying important data, you can consider preventing apps from controlling your radios, but remember that those apps won’t work properly.

  17. Other devices
  18. Naturally any section with “other” in its title kind of leaves things open. Under the first section on Syncing, it’s probably a good idea to have this off in public places, but it’s likely useful at home. Since anything could be under this section, you’ll have to read closely which devices are interfacing with yours.

  19. Feedback & Diagnostics
  20. You can’t really disable anything here other than whether or not to ask for your feedback, and it doesn’t seem as if there’s any real reason to anyway. Big companies do actually need feedback to know if their products are working well.

  21. Background apps
  22. Turning off background apps is mostly for power saving; if you’re plugged in or at a home computer, you can leave most of these on (unless you don’t use them).

Other Considerations

It’s hard to make any blanket statement about privacy in Windows 10, as plenty of other services are logging your information just as intently as Microsoft. If you want to maintain your anonymity, you’ll need to deal with outside parties too.

Considering setting up a VPN (Virtual Private Network) through Windows or acquiring a third-party service, such as ExpressVPN. A VPN allows you to use the rest of the internet anonymously by encrypting your connection and routing it through a remote server. Though it won’t likely prevent Microsoft from gathering your info, it helps against websites and hackers trying to keep tabs on who and where you are.

Author note

Caroline B.: I’d like to mention how grateful I am that TodaysWeb.net has decided to share my article on their website. Their page is a great resource for staying up to date on the latest social media, marketing, and business news. I would especially recommend that you check out this article listing 70 of the most useful websites.

PHP web programming

Do-It-Yourself PHP Tool for Scraping and Grabbing Web Content

Hi folks. Today we will learn how to scrape data from websites using just a few lines of code with PHP.

First, a couple disclaimers:

Using this method you can parse just any HTML website, however, that is not always the best idea. For example, if you want to get data from YouTube or Twitter etc., you should look whether the site or the service doesn’t have an API for this sort of stuff.

If you want to learn more about modern API’s you can check this guide on CodeAcademy:
www.codecademy.com/en/tracks/youtube

or read more on Wikipedia:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Application_programming_interface

Since we are using PHP, you’ll need a web server to run a script. If you don’t have one, you can install a local server. You can get it here for free.

To scrap a webpage for data, we basically need to know an address of a webpage we want to look into and a specific part we want to grab.
If you are not familiar with the DOM, you can find out more about it on Wikipedia.

DOM – is a representation of an HTML page comprised of elements organized in a tree structure.

It looks like this:

PAGE:
Element a
Element b
      Element b1
      Element b2
Element c
Element d

So, the logic of our code looks like this: we need to grab the page by the address and then get the value of the Element b2 (bold), which is the child of the Element b.

In this article we will scrap the website called Product Hunt:
www.producthunt.com

If we look at this website, we’ll see that it contains ideas for products for three days (today, yesterday, the day before yesterday). Our task is to get three things from today’s list of ideas: idea name, idea tagline and the link to the product.

Let’s start coding. We will be using Goutte library, which you can download on GitHub.

Simply put the .phar file in your script folder and copy the script below:

<?php
//adding the library. you can use js.composer for that
require_once 'goutte.phar';
use Goutte\Client;
    $client = new Client();
    //getting the page and putting it into a $crawler object
    $crawler = $client->request('GET', 'http://www.producthunt.com');
    // the page has 3 divs with class="day". 
    we need to grab the first one(it would today's ideas)
    $x=$crawler->filter('.day')->first();

      //each day has 10 ideas. we need to grab each one's title,tagline,link
      $x->filter('li>div')->each(function ($node) {
      //$title = text value of a DOM elenent with a class="post-url"
      $title=$node->filter('.post-url')->text();
      $tagline=$node->filter('.post-tagline')->text();
      $link='http://www.producthunt.com'.$node->filter('.post-url')->attr('href');
      //printing the results
      echo $title;
      echo "|";
      echo $tagline;
      echo "|";
      echo $link;
      echo "<br>";
      });
?>

This is the result we are getting:

Web scraping php script result
Click on the image to enlarge

So, as you can see, it’s a very simple process, one that you can do even if you are not a programmer. Was this article useful? Maybe you have questions? Hit us in the comment section below.

P.S. To better understand how to access DOM elements and their values check the documentation on Symphony.com.

iTunes Store Shutdown 2014

Prepare Your iOS Apps for iTunes Connect Shutdown 2014

Apple announced the shutdown of iTunes Connect for this year’s Christmas holidays. The service will be unavailable to iOS app developers from December 22 through December 29, 2014. During the shutdown, developers will be unable to release new apps and updates on the App Store. Pricing changes will not take effect until after the shutdown as well. iTunes Connect will be back on December 30.

It is recommended to schedule your updates prior to December 18. Keep in mind that a review by Apple can take 4-7 days, but it can be more time-consuming during peak periods.

Downloads reach their highest level on Christmas holidays, as many people are presented with new iPhone and iPad devices. One of the reasons for the Christmas shutdown might be that Apple is trying to maintant those peak downloads and in-app purchases. On the other hand, this can help to prevent developers from unfair competition. After all, Apple guys may want to spend Christmas holidays with their families, too!

Must-Have Bundle of Useful Websites

Must-Have Bundle of Useful Websites

Here’s a must-have collection of useful websites which can help you to solve multiple tasks for both personal and business needs.

Either you’re interested in discovering new services and products or trying to promote your own ones, or searching for some ways to improve your Internet experience, keep this bundle of websites in your bookmarks! Basically, any of these websites is very easy to remember.

We hope you’ll find them helpful, too!

The collection of websites is provided by Johnny Webber, check out his Twitter!

The list of top useful websites

10 Dropbox Tricks for tech Geeks

Dropbox is one of the most popular cloud file storage services online. By the way, it has surpassed 100 million users recently. Dropbox was one of the first services that allowed users to access files online, and it gained much popularity.

Though it’s safe and easy-to-use, free Dropbox have limited features. However, due to some handy tips and tricks one can extend Dropbox functionality and make user experience even more fun, easy, and advantageous:

  1. If you have a free Dropbox account, you can get around 500 mb more whenever you refer your friend to Dropbox and he/she signs up. Also, by just showcasing your love for Dropbox in your Twitter account will win you 125 mb more. Many a times, the Dropbox team announces new ways to win more space and gives out extra space for beta testing, for which one should keep a eye out for on their official forum.
  2. Apple users have always got irritated with the iTunes sync and its limitations, especially when users maintain different devices at different locations. Syncing iTunes in such situations can be difficult. However, Dropbox can easily sync your iTunes library from different Apple devices, and this gives you access to your library for easy sync.
  3. If you ever happen to delete important files in the heat of the moment, do not worry, Dropbox deletes the erased file only after 30 days. In the file browser, hit on the “show deleted files’, and there you are.
  4. With the help of mobile app of the Dropbox, you can save the videos and pictures taken from your mobile device directly into your Dropbox account. Just download the Dropbox mobile app and you’re ready to go. The next time you lose the phone, you’ll not have to regret the loss of memorable pictures and videos.
  5. Even if you do not have access to Dropbox, you can sign up at SendtoDropbox and send the files to a customized mail provided to you. Every time you send an attachment to that mail, the same file will appear in your Dropbox account. Pretty neat, right?
  6. For extra safety and security, you can enable the two-step verification in Dropbox, whenever you want to set it up on a new computer. It needs a code from your personal mobile to get through the process.
  7. You can even host a website with Dropbox, but you will need the help of other third party applications to get through the entire process.
  8. If you are running out of space, you can use the Selective Sync option in Dropbox to only share files from a particular folder to your computer.
  9. You can even backup your entire site with Dropbox, which is particularly useful if a lot of time, effort, and money has gone into developing your website.
  10. With the help of URL Droplet, you can easily download torrent files in your Dropbox. One can even download torrents to Dropbox remotely with the help of third party applications.

We hope you found these tips and tricks unique, easy, and helpful. Good luck!

Author information

Jeffrey Timpson

Jeffrey Timpson

Jeffrey Timpson is a Tech Analyst and editor of a popular magazine designermag.org and maintains a tech blog for tech savvy users and readers.

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