Microsoft begins limited preview testing of its Family Safety app for Android and iOS


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Microsoft unveiled in March its plans to deliver a new Family Safety app for Android and iOS devices. Today, May 11, Microsoft began making available to a limited number of users previews of the Family Safety app on those devices.

The mobile Family Safety app will allow users to limit screen time for their children, aggregated across Windows PCs, Xboxes, and Android/iPhone devices. It will provide location sharing, driving reports, device time analyses, and the ability to set limits on usage of apps and games. Kids will be able to turn off permissions on certain features (like geolocation).

During preview, all features will be free after a user signs up and gets an invitation to download. Once

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Astaroth malware hides command servers in YouTube channel descriptions

Over the past year, the Astaroth infostealer trojan has evolved into one of today’s stealthiest malware strains, containing a slew of anti-analysis and anti-sandbox checks to prevent security researchers from detecting and analyzing its operations.

Luckily, all these innovations are only used to target and infect users in one country alone — namely Brazil.

The malware has historically targeted Brazilian users ever since it was first spotted in the wild in September 2018.

IBM researchers were the first ones to detect and analyze the malware, followed by Cybereason, and then Microsoft, which analyzed its evolution across two separate blog posts, in July 2019 and March 2020.

Across all these reports, researchers noted how Astaroth slowly gained new features, developed a more complex infection chain, and shifted focus on stealth more than anything else.

A large collection of anti-analysis and anti-sandbox checks

In a new report published yesterday, Cisco

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Ericsson bullish on 5G despite Covid-19

Ericsson president and CEO Börje Ekholm has highlighted the importance of connectivity during times of crisis and what he says is the “opportunity” to rethink the role of networks in the future.

Kicking off the Ericsson UnBoxed Office, the first in a series of online events that will replace, for the time being, the company’s traditional presence at now-cancelled global trade shows, Ekholm stressed the importance of strong and reliable communications networks in the current environment, and staying close to customers and providing them with the best possible connectivity and network quality.

Ekholm’s address was based on research by Ericsson that revealed what the company calls transformative changes that have been going on in networks over the past two months, with traffic shifting rapidly from business areas to residential areas over just a matter of days. This has seen traffic increasing by 20-100% in many networks, with the largest share

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