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Month: November 2019

Hire Web Developers or Use DIY Web Builders

“Should I hire a web developer or should I just do it myself?”

The rise of DIY web builders is undeniable. In fact, some DIY web builders even claim that you can create your website in under just 5 minutes. This trend makes it tempting to go rogue on your website and just wing it instead of hiring professionals. Sure, it is your choice to make, and we have no problem with that.  But the question is…

Which is really the right path for your website? Here are a few things you can consider when starting a website:

Budget:

To be honest, hiring a web development company can be costly.  After all, these are professionals who studied and honed their skills through years of experience. You simply tell them your ideas and vision and they will craft it for you, sometimes, even suggest ideas that can make your website even better.

Design & Function

Visualize your website. Are you fine with generic themes you can find online or do you want something made custom for your brand? Using web builders give you an array of options to choose from. You can pick a theme you like and voila – you’re a step away from launching your website. However, professional web developers tailor their designs depending on how their client wants it – making it unique compared to the thousands of other websites out there! (You may also want to read: What Makes A Good Web Design!)

Another important thing to consider is the features you want to integrate into your website. Think about the features you would like your website to have. People who only want a website for their blogs often do it themselves. But, people who are starting a business or expanding their business online prefer to hire web developers as there are certain functions that are just too complicated for someone to do on their own. 

Domain & Hosting

Now here’s the more complicated stuff. When building a website, you need a domain name and a hosting account to make everything work. A domain name is your website’s address on the internet, whereas, a hosting account is where your website (including files and data) is stored. You can do it all your own through research OR find a company that can package everything for you. 

But, if you have the budget and aren’t fond of the idea of doing all the work yourself or just don’t have the time to create your website, you can simply just call a web development company. A lot of companies still find it best to trust the professionals, especially when it comes to building a custom website for you or your business.

 

iManila is a web development and web hosting company that has been in the industry for more than 20 years. Staffed with talented professionals, iManila can help build your dream website. Call us now at +632 3490 0000 or drop us an email at info@imanila.ph

 

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Android Users, Here’s the Truth About Your Anti-Virus Apps

Are the anti-virus apps you’ve downloaded for free from unknown developers safe and legit?

This assessment is especially important for people with Android phones that are known to be no strangers to malware. How come it’s not safe? According to Virtual Private Network’s previous research, it exposed six free and potentially dangerous antivirus apps which already have 1.66 billion downloads in Google Play. VPN has placed a warning to all android users as they might be putting themselves and all their data on their phones at risk.

Here’s the shady truth about these required permissions from those shady android anti-virus apps.  The warning released by VPN is focused on these dangerous permissions from security apps you thought to be safe. Unknowingly, you are already being tracked down because of the permissions you sent such as your location, access to your camera, microphone, recording audio, and even voice calls. VPN also said that the personal information you sent during the set-up process is being sold. The worst thing is, some of these apps ask payment in the process. One day, you might just be surprised at how your private files have ended up on public viewing sites.

You can’t fault the irony here – a user is not set to know everything about these hackings and illegal accessing, they ought to just believe the idea of a security app coming from a legit source that promotes security and privacy. And with all the malware scare stories, as an initial reaction, people will download free apps immediately not knowing they were from rogue developers.

VPN has cited examples of anti-virus apps for android phones that were found guilty of these malicious activities. It may bring you surprise but these are the widely used anti-virus apps such as Virus Cleaner, Security Master and Clean Master – all still available on Google Play and amassing millions of installs per month!

Earlier this month, another 10 anti-virus apps available for download in Google Play were reported by VPN Pro to be filled with dangerous malware, spyware, and questionable permissions. These apps have whopped a total of 1.9 billion downloads in total.

We have broken down 10 of these apps that were found guilty of this security crime. If you have installed one of these, we advise you to uninstall them right away.

  • Security Master – Antivirus, VPN, AppLock, Booster | 500 million installs
  • Virus Cleaner, Antivirus, Cleaner (MAX Security) | 50 million installs
  • Antivirus Free 2019 – Scan & Remove Virus, Cleaner | 10 million installs
  • 360 Security – Free Antivirus, Booster, Cleaner | 100 million installs
  • Virus Cleaner 2019 – Antivirus, Cleaner & Booster | 50 million installs
  • Super Phone Cleaner: Virus Cleaner, Phone Cleaner | 50 million installs
  • 360 Security Lite – Booster, Cleaner, AppLock | 50 million installs
  • Super Cleaner – Antivirus, Booster, Phone Cleaner | 100 million installs
  • Clean Master – Antivirus, Applock & Cleaner | 1 billion installs
  • Super Security – Antivirus, Booster & AppLock | 10 million installs
  • Antivirus Free – Virus Cleaner | 50 million installs
  • Antivirus Free 2019 – Virus Cleaner | 1 million installs
  • Antivirus Android | 1 million installs
  • Antivirus & Virus Cleaner | 10 million installs
  • Antivirus Mobile – Cleaner, Phone Virus Scanner

While most apps listed above have been deleted from Google Play, it is still important to be vigilant in installing anti-virus apps that should come from legit sources.

Another case was last month when 42 apps from the Google Play Store were reported to have harmful adware capable of draining your battery’s life, mobile data and accessing your personal information.

All in all, these 42 apps amassed eight million downloads.

Google has made it public, announcing that they are fully aware that a swathe of dangerous apps is slipping through their current protections and making it successfully to Android user’s devices.

But one can always outsmart the other. Mountain Firm View is now in the process of creating an App Defense Alliance to curtail this spiraling issue.

Google said: “As part of this Alliance, we are integrating our Google Play Protect detection systems with each partner’s scanning engines. This will generate new app risk intelligence as apps are being queued to publish. Partners will analyze that dataset and act as another, vital set of eyes prior to an app going live on the Play Store.”

Be vigilant with the apps you download on your Android device. Don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter to stay updated with the latest trends and news! 

If you want to know more about how iManila can help you resolve your hardware and software needs, drop us a message via info@imanila.ph. We have 24/7 support from highly-knowledgeable technical staff.  #iManila #TechnicalSupportServices

A New Battle: Instagram vs Misinformation

A New Battle: Instagram vs Misinformation

The fight against misinformation has always been an uphill battle. This time, the battle sees itself on new ground: Instagram.

Instagram puts its foot down and tackles head-on the rampant issue about fake news.

That was the decision months ago when Instagram decided to add a tool that allowed its users to report posts that contain false information. The results? The posts are sent to the fact checkers of Instagram and from there they can be hidden from Instagram’s Explore page and hashtag page, the public spaces of the app.

We cannot blame the juggernaut photo app for taking this precaution. Other social network sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are plagued with fake news, conspiracy theories, and other forms of misinformation.

The Battle Plan

Facebook wants to be more serious about battling against fake news on Instagram. The photos app will add ‘false information’ labels to conceal the post in question. Should users still want to view the post they have to click ‘See Post’ to get there. These labels are set to appear not just in the main Instagram feed but also in Stories. It will also warn users who will try to share a post that has been previously debunked by fact-checkers.

Instagram is currently working on being much quicker in fanning out the flames of misinformation before they go viral. If they get signals that a post may be false, they cut down its distribution as their third-party fact-checkers attempt to review it. In short, Instagram urges its users to take a second guess with the flagged posts they see.

While this may seem like an incremental step into getting rid of misinformation completely, it may leave a lasting effect. In Instagram’s battle for misinformation, this tool may prove to be a double-edged sword.

Side 1: Less Hate, More Credibility

Information these days travels faster, whether true or false. The images that accompany this news, it makes these posts all the more convincing. As a result, a person’s perceptions can be easily manipulated with just a simple click of a post.

These effects can be destructive as people’s opinions can be largely shaped by what they see on their own feeds. Even if one person would agree with a post, it would be a source of affirmation for most users. Misinformation set to defame a certain person or brand can bring about hate be the one to set the course for its discourse. With the wrong intentions behind posting, any posts with claims can be destructive.

Facebook’s efforts to fight back against fake news materialized after they realized how Russia used social media in their favor to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. They estimated that around 70 million Americans could have seen the Russian propaganda ads. This reflects the potency of false information propaganda in swaying the opinions of the public.

With the enabled tools of Facebook and now Instagram aimed at flagging false information, while it is not a guarantee to eliminate all sources of misinformation, it can help in lessening its reach. This can warn people to be wary of the content and will lead them to seek for other more credible sources of information. This reinforces the path to better credibility in these social network systems.

Side 2: The Influencer Dilemma

This, however, begs the question on how this can affect the future of influencer marketing.

Influencer marketing, a kind of social media marketing, use endorsements and product mentions for individuals called influencers. These influencers often have a dedicated social following and are seen as experts in whatever niche they belong to. What enabled this marketing form to work is because of the high trust the followers of these influencers have, making their word gold.

Influencer marketing was never one to be stagnant as technology and trends constantly change. However, what will it mean for the landscape when posts by influencers can be flagged as false information? What will happen when these claims by esteemed influencers are deemed as misleading by fact-checkers? What if it’s the word of facts vs the word of influencers?

Though these still far stretch, with Facebook’s sworn dedication to combat fake news for itself and Instagram, anything impossible now could be possible eventually. This presses a challenge to influencers and marketers alike that low brow tactics aimed at promoting your product will not suffice. If you want your product to be credible for your customers (and now the fact-checkers), it must have a substantial basis.

Truce

For now, we can call it a truce.

It can be good with its fight for false information, but since this is relatively a new feature used on Instagram, we cannot be entirely sure of where it can lead the influencer market, which resides in this app. Technology is ever-evolving but it is a tool that helps improve how we work and live our lives. Having the right tools that strike the balance of satisfying the demands of both the users and businesses is essential to ensure the best experience for everybody, which is the goal at the end of the day.

Marketing your business on Instagram shouldn’t be as scary as riding headfirst into a battle. You don’t have to do it alone as there are digital marketing agencies fully equipped to help you, just like iManila.

Let iManila be your partner as we navigate new terrain, drop us a message at info@imanila.ph.

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