Samsung & NQ Mobile Strike Global Distribution Deal for Samsung KNOX™ On-Device Security Solution


NQ Mobile is proud to announce that we have reached an agreement with Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. to become an authorized global reseller of the Samsung KNOX Mobile Device Management Solution.

The deal enables NQ Mobile to sell, distribute and promote the Samsung KNOX end-to-end mobile security solution for Samsung devices. The KNOX platform provides hardware and software integrated security for advanced data and privacy protection, and allows consumers to use a single device for work and personal use. 

Enterprises, now able to take advantage of bulletproof mobile device management and security protection for Samsung devices via a combination of Samsung KNOX and the NQSky Mobile Device Management platform, also have the ability to use NQSky’s device and platform agnostic mobile managed services (including Android, iOS, and Windows Phone) to provide robust device management, mobile application management (MAM), mobile content management (MCM), and mobile security management (MSM) for the smartphones they administrate.

“NQ Mobile looks forward to this strengthened relationship with Samsung and the ability to promote and resell Samsung KNOX mobile security services for Samsung’s entire Android device portfolio including the Samsung GALAXY S and Samsung Note devices,”
said Gavin Kim, President, International and Chief Commercial Officer, NQ Mobile.

Safely stay on top of all things Sochi with these 2014 Winter Olympics Android apps

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This past week has been full of great TV moments from the Sochi 2014 Olympics, but did you know that there are a host of Android apps designed to help you enjoy the winter games? While plentiful, not all of them are legit—a quick search of “Olympics” on Google Play returns an alarming number of fraudulent and phony results, so stick with this list of official Olympic apps and follow our tips to avoid the bad ones.

Official Sochi 2014 Olympics apps

Olympic Athletes’ Hub: Discover and follow the verified accounts of Olympians across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Search by “Athlete”, “Team”, “Sport”, and “Game” and get a unique overview of this year’s Olympic contenders. 

Olympic TV: An exciting live video service, enabling users to watch live and on-demand video of all competition sessions at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. See market description for a list of supported countries.

Sochi 2014 Guide: This Mobile Guide to the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi will make your Games unforgettable. The app keeps you up to date and informed of competition schedules and other events.

Sochi 2014 Results: The official Sochi 2014 Results application provides full details of the sports program of the XXII Olympic Winter Games and XI Paralympic Winter Games. Get quick and easy access to competition schedules and results.

2014 Team USA Road to Sochi: The app follows the making of Team USA and the athletes’ results and experiences in Sochi during the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The app includes in-depth athlete bios, photo galleries and video clips, and a “My Team USA” section which allows you to customize feeds from your favorite athletes.

NBC Olympic Highlights: Experience the best of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games with the NBC Olympics Highlights and Results app. Get prepared for the Games now by checking out news, video, and photos for every sport—all from your Android handheld or tablet device.

Sochi Wireless Olympics Works: This app offers the most direct access to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games and allows users to design and personalize their experience in ways that are most relevant to their interests and passions.

How to avoid phony Olympic apps

We haven’t listed all the Olympic apps, and there are sure to be some other good ones, so follow these tips to stay away from the bad apps.

  • Look for Google’s “Top Developer” badge on the app’s Play store page.
  • Check too see if any of your friends or contacts have given the app a +1 on Google+.
  • Scan the reviews and reviewers and read their comments, beware of bad review scores.
  • Consider the date an app was updated—has it been quite a while? At best, the app isn’t being regularly maintained by its developer, and that can be a red flag.
  • Review the developer contact information to see if it seems legitimate.
  • Take into account the total installs, the more the merrier in this case.

Check out our post How to spot a bad Android app for more details.

The hidden dangers of QR codes

SPEECH Tchoban & Kuznetsov – towninboxCreative Commons License János Balázs via Compfight

QR codes, an abbreviation of Quick Response Codes, are two dimensional barcodes that can hold a wealth of information. They were originally designed for industrial uses like inventory tracking, but now they are commonly found in consumer advertising and payment provider applications. As the popularity of QR codes has grown, more hackers have started to develop exploits that target them.

A recent hack demonstrating how a malicious URL could be inserted into a QR code has reminded us of the need to be vigilant when working with these codes. If a user with an Android phone scanned the QR code their device could be taken over by an existing exploit. Google already patched the bug in Android 4.2, but over 70% of devices are still running an older version of Android and are vulnerable to attack.

In order to protect yourself, you should never scan a random QR code that you find in public. QR codes that are located in trusted magazines or businesses should be ok, but use caution if you don’t know who generated the code. Another way to defend your mobile device is by using NQ Mobile Security. It includes a QR Scanner to quickly detect and remove malicious links hidden in QR codes, eliminating opportunities for potential fraud.

Safer Internet Day 2014

safer-internet-day-600Safer Internet Day is celebrated each year to promote the safe and responsible use of online technology and mobile phones for children and young people. Started by the EU SafeBorders project in 2004, it has now spread to over 100 countries around the world and is being officially observed in the United States for the first time this year.

This year’s theme “Let’s create a better internet together”, focuses on creative ways for kids to learn about internet safety, and the role we all play to create a better internet. The official Safer Internet Day site features a gallery of resources that are designed to help children stay safe online.

Follow these tips right now to help protect your children:

  • Have an open dialogue with your child about internet safety
  • Read and sign our family agreement about internet usage and behavior
  • Monitor the apps your kids use and their online behavior closely, and consider filtering or blocking software for their devices
  • Teach your children to always think before they post
  • Review privacy settings on the apps and social networks that your children use
  • Save the evidence (screenshots, etc.)  and report anything that upsets or worries your children

For an extra layer of smartphone protection for your kids, make sure to check out NQ Family Guardian. Our parental control software provides peace of mind for parents by allowing them to monitor their children’s online activities, restrict the apps and sites they have access to, and control what times they are allowed to use their devices.

What you need to know about smartphones and mobile privacy

Smartphones can be dangerously insecure when it comes to protecting your privacy, yet a recent study found that 48% of smartphone owners don’t use a passcode to lock their devices. Whoever controls your phone also controls your virtual identity, so make an effort to protect yourself today. Check out our infographic below to learn more about smartphone privacy and ways in which your smartphone can be hacked.


If you are concerned about your mobile privacy then it’s a great idea to go set a passcode for your smartphone right now. If you’re looking for more sure-fire ways to keep both your online identity and your smartphone safe, don’t forget to add an extra layer of protection like our award-winning NQ Mobile Security app.

Beware of Olympic malware

Beware Olympic Malware Trey Ratcliff via Compfight

The Olympics are known for attracting record breaking viewers in the billions, which makes them the perfect target for hacktivists that want to take advantage of the large audiences. The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) just issued an alert that warns people to use caution when viewing the winter games from abroad. The report says cybercriminals will attempt to “lure in spam, phishing or drive-by-download campaigns to gain personally identifiable information or harvest credentials for financial gain.”

Hackers often create fake websites and domains that appear to offer live Olympic streams, so it’s important to stick with the official news partners. In the United States, NBCUniversal offers exclusive coverage of the games for viewers via NBC, NBCSN, MSNBC, USA Network, and corresponding Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts. Be sure to visit trusted sources directly instead of clicking on links in email or social media.

For an extra layer of protection, make sure you have installed NQ Mobile Security on all your mobile devices. The official site of the Department of Homeland Security also has additional tips to identify and avoid online threats.