The Best Mobile Security Tricks for 2014

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By: John Roberts

You are 15 times more likely to lose your mobile phone than your laptop, according to Intel.

While most people know they should regularly backup their phones to avoid losing the data stored in them, they tend to be less concerned with what might happen if their phones fall into the hands of someone with nefarious intentions.

Keeping your phone secure means keeping potential criminals out, and the best means of doing that come built-in, though a few outside applications can prove beneficial.

Password Protect Your Phone

If your phone isn’t password protected, it should be. Locking your phone with a password is the simplest way to keep prying eyes off your data if your phone falls into the wrong hands.

Most phones provide password protection directly in the settings, no downloads or additional software required. On the Samsung Galaxy S4, for instance, you set a numeric passcode by going to “My Device,” “Lock Screen,” “Screen Lock,” and tapping “Pin." Enter up to a 16-digit code twice, and that code will then be required to unlock the phone from that point on. The Galaxy offers several additional unlock methods as well, including facial recognition or the entering of a pattern.

Pair Password Protection with Mobile Device Management

As more and more businesses have added mobile devices to their company technology, mobile security has become more advanced. Individuals should be just as diligent about data stored on devices as many businesses now are. Someone getting their hands on your personal information can be as detrimental to your financial and personal security as someone getting their hands on trade secrets can be to a company's success.

So, do as proactive businesses do. Set your phone up with device management. Device management allows you to control your phone remotely to track its location, call it if you need to find it in your house, lock it or even wipe the data from it. Often times you have to register the phone and pay for this service. Samsung’s program is called “Find My Mobile," for example.

Download Official Apps

With the popularity of mobile apps, thousands of developers have thrown their hats into the ring, hoping to hit gold with the next “Angry Birds.” While this rush of app-development gives mobile users a ton of choices, it also poses a threat, because apps are like any downloadable program—an easy method for hackers to inject viruses and steal data from your device.

While it limits your variety, sticking to apps offered directly through your phone’s manufacturer, which have been somewhat vetted, will offer better protection than downloading from Joe Schmoe’s App Wonderland.

Remember Phones Get Sick Too

Few of us neglect to put anti-virus software on our desktops or laptops. Most of us know it only takes one click on the wrong website to infect a computer to the point that it barely functions. Yet, many of us neglect to realize we do many of the same things on our smartphones we do on our computers, mainly surfing the Web, and ending up on a dangerous website in a phone browser is just as easy as on a computer.

Security apps with good reputations do exist for mobile devices. Bitdefender’s free Mobile Security and Antivirus for Droid phones, for instance, gets top ratings for keeping malware at bay and data secure.

Unless you pick up your desktop computer and carry it with you every time you leave the house, you're far less likely to lose it or have it stolen than you are to have your cell phone meet with one of those two fates. So, why would you provide more security for your computer than your phone? This year, make it your mission to trespass-proof your mobile devices. That way, if someone swipes it, they will have only your property, not your security.

Union City ultra-Orthodox Jewish man beaten in Knockout Game attack

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By: Sarah Weiss

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man suffered injuries after falling victim to a Knockout Game attack, according to rescue workers in New Jersey.

Union City Hatzolah said that a local man was beaten by three suspects on his way to a local synagogue on Monday.

The man said that after the three men brutally beat him, they laughed and fled from the scene, leaving him on the ground bleeding.

The incident occurred one block away from the synagogue.

Hatzolah rescue workers who arrived at the scene, treated the man. He suffered lacerations to his head. Police launched an investigation, but so far, no arrests have been made.

The "Knockout Game" is one of many names given to assaults in which one or more assailants attempt to knock out an unsuspecting victim, often with a single sucker punch, all for the amusement of the attackers and their accomplices.

Pastor rapes his wife in front of her 8-year-old son

By: Sarah Weiss

A pastor is facing rape and domestic violence charges after he raped and abused his wife in front of their son.

The pastor of a church in Ivory Park, South Africa, has been accused of being physically and sexually abusive to his 28-year-old wife.

The woman filed a complaint with police, but they refused to press charges. Instead, they told her to file for an order of protection against him.

That all changed when neighbors witnessed the woman being beaten by her husband, and they restrained the pastor until police arrived.

In that incident, a neighbor heard the woman screaming. He went to their home and saw her lying in the floor while her husband was sitting on top of her.

The neighbor called for help and broke the window to the pastor's residence. The pastor tried to flee, but neighbors held him down.

"My husband calls himself a man of God, but he raped and abused me. I finally left home to escape the abuse," the battered woman said.

She also said that her 8-year-old son witnessed the rape.

"He said that was his property,” the woman added.

"I thought if I stayed and prayed for him he would change, but I was wrong," she explained.

Officer Neldah Sekgobe said that a case of domestic violence and rape was opened against the pastor at the Ivory Park police station.

Man begs hospital to cut off his rotting leg

Zakhele Manan 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) A man was badly wounded when he was shot by teenagers.

Two young men jumped into his yard and demanded money.

When the older man told the teens that he did not have money, they fired four bullets, injuring his leg.

Zakhele Manan, 67 of Soweto, South Africa, was taken to the hospital for treatment.

An operation was done on his leg at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, where doctors inserted steel in his leg.

Manan was at the hospital for about four months before he was released.

However, he was unable to walk. The wound kept bleeding and it smelled bad.

Manan returned to the hospital. However, since he cannot afford to pay for treatment, doctors refused to treat him.

The members of the hospital staff were not very helpful either.

Manan lives on painkillers, which he buys with his pension money.

Manan’s wife, Regina, 58, said her husband cries a lot as he is always in pain and his leg is rotting.

Manan is fed up with suffering all day so he wants to cut off his rotting leg.

After hearing his desperate pleas, Simon Zwane, spokesperson for the Gauteng health department, said the hospital administration agreed to meet with Manan to discuss treatment options rather than to cut it off.

Man shoots firecrackers to celebrate his new car and accidentally burns it down

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By: Moses Gold

A man was excited about the purchase of his new car.

The man of Chongqing, China, wanted to celebrate his new minivan.

He decided to shoot firecrackers, but the firecrackers ended up setting his car on fire.

Fu, 44, bought a minivan for 49,000 yuan (about $8,100). He brought the van home to his family and set off the firecrackers about 1:00 p.m.

Within seconds, his family saw smoke coming from the minivan, and soon after, the flames began to surround the entire vehicle.

They tried to put the fire out with a fire extinguisher, but the flames had already become too big.

When firefighters arrived, the minivan had already been consumed by the huge flames.

"Fortunately, nobody was hurt. I'll have to take responsibility for the loss because my insurance company won't do anything about it," the distraught man said.

Man, 76, arrested for having child porn depicting toddlers engaging in sex acts

William Mondary 
By: Shifra Unger

An elderly man was arrested after police found child pornography on his computer.

William Mondary, 76, of Jasonville, Indiana, was arrested Wednesday, after the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and the Indiana State Police, investigated him for child pronograpy.

He was served with a search warrant at 10:00 a.m., and his computer was confiscated.

Computer forensic examiners found hundreds of media files depicting children as young as toddlers, engaged in sexual acts or sexually suggestive poses.

As a result of the investigation, Mondary was arrested on five counts of felony possession of child pornography and five counts of child exploitation.

He is being held in the Greene County Jail.

Boy, 14, kidnaps his grandmother and receives $900 ransom

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By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) A family was in panic when they received a call that their mother/grandmother was kidnapped.

Now, police said that the woman’s 14-year-old grandson conspired with local criminals to kidnap his grandmother for ransom.

The suspect, who was identified only as Julius, lives with his 62-year-old grandmother in Delta State, Nigeria.

Distraught relatives of the victim paid N4 million ($25,000) to secure her release.

The 14-year-old was rewarded with N150,000 ($900) for his cooperation.

The police investigation let to the teenager and he was arrested.

During interrogation, Julius confessed to helping the gang kidnap his grandmother for ransom.

Police spokesperson Charles Muka said that this is not the first time in which a kidnapping was done with the help of an insider.

He advises parents/guardians to be careful with whom they share their personal information.

Smart doll chats with children and answers their questions by searching the web

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By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) A company created a doll that can answer the questions of curious children.

The unique doll can have a conversation with children and answer their questions correctly.

The doll can also help children do their homework.

“My friend Cayla” is designed to synchronize with a smartphone or tablet computer and can recognize speech.

When a child asks the doll a question, the spoken words are transformed into text.

The doll then uses a Google software to surf the web for the answers.

The technology uses Google SafeSearch so that it gets child friendly answers.

Parents can log on to an application to block any word they deem inappropriate.

The pretty 18 inch, long haired doll costs £59.99 (about $100).

Corrections officer resigns after repeatedly sexually assaulting pregnant inmate

Pregnant woman in jail 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A woman told the court that she was sexually assaulted many times by a corrections officer, who was supposed to protect her.

The officer, who was identified as Xavier Thicklen, 25, resigned as soon as authorities began investigating the allegations.

The 22-year-old pregnant woman, who was in jail for a robbery, was just weeks from giving birth when she was sexually assaulted.

The woman notified jail staff of the assault. She told authorities that she has been sexually assaulted on five separate occasions including a few days after having her baby.

The woman said that Thicklen either took her to the prison clinic or told her that she had a visit from her lawyer, and when the two were alone, Thicklen assaulted her.

5-month-old baby dies after parents put him on egg and milk diet

Nkosiyapha and Virginia Kunene 
By: Debbi Gross

A couple is facing manslaughter charges after placing their baby on a vegetarian diet.

Nkosiyapha Kunene, 46, and his wife Virginia Kunene, 32, could face jail time for the death of their son, Ndingeko.

The couple belongs to the Seventh-day Adventist Church, in England, whose members eat milk and eggs, but not animal flesh.

This diet is known as the lacto-ovo diet.

The child is said to have died from Rickets, which is a disorder caused by a lack of vitamin D, calcium, or phosphate.

It leads to the softening and weakening of the bones.

The Kunenes, who live in Erith, Southeast London, were both born in Zimbabwe. Virginia Kunene is already a British citizen.

Police searching for father and 4-year-old daughter who vanished without a trace

Greg Hutchings and Eeva Dorendahl 
By: John Roberts

Police in South Wales, United Kingdom, are asking the public to be on the lookout for a man and his young daughter.

Family members and police are desperately searching for a father and his four-year-old daughter, who disappeared while walking on the street.

Greg Hutchings, 35, and Eeva Dorendahl were seen in Pottsville, on Saturday, around 12:30 p.m.

They had been scheduled to meet the child’s mother.

Hutchings, who did not have a car, sent a text message to the girl’s mother to let her know that they were on their way.

However, they never reached their destination.

The police have already conducted an extensive search, but found no sign of them.

The mother is distraught right now, and his family is also very concerned.

Police described the 4-year-old as thin with long blond hair and blue eyes. She was wearing a white and blue shirt with multicolored shorts.

Her father is described as skinny, tall and with short curly brown hair. He is about 5 feet 7 inches tall.

He was wearing a black shirt and gray pants. Police believe he was wearing a black backpack.

While police are conducting their investigation they are asking for the public to keep an eye out for them.

Elderly man files $5 million lawsuit because police beat him after illegally crossing a street

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By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A man slapped the New York Police Department with a $5 million lawsuit because he was beaten after illegally crossing a street, according to court proceedings in New York.

Kang Wong, 84, said that he has never broken a single law while living in the same apartment in the Upper West Side of Manhattan for almost 50 years.

He is suing for $5 million after being humiliated and mistreated for a minor infraction earlier this month.

As we reported earlier, an elderly man was beaten by police officers who objected to his jaywalking, according to police reports in New York.

The 84-year-old man was beaten on Sunday, after he was accused of having jaywalked near a dangerous intersection on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Kang Wong, who lives in the area, was stopped by an officer for allegedly crossing against the light, just before 5:00 p.m.

According to a witness, several officers quickly attacked the man, who seemed unable understand what he was being told.

“The man did not seem to speak English,” a witness at the scene said.

"The officer told him to stand against a wall while he was writing a ticket. The man did not understand, and he started to walk away. That's when the officer and several colleagues began beating him,” the witness said.

The man's blood spilled on the floor as he was handcuffed and taken to a local hospital.

Police, who have pledged to step up enforcement, said that they were looking into the arrest.

Man found dead in toilet of office building that is home to gay bar

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By: Eva Fett

A man was found dead inside a toilet of a commercial office building, according to rescue workers in New York.

The New York Police Department said that a 45-year-old man was found dead inside a fifth-floor bathroom at 227 East 56th Street, at 2:30 a.m. on Sunday.

According to police, the office building houses the Lips bar on the ground floor.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene, and there were no signs of physical trauma. Police launched an investigation.

This was not the only case of a dead body being found in a toilet.

The body of a newborn baby was found in the men's room of a mosque in Malaysia.

Kangar Police chief Abdul Rahman Mohd Noordin said that a member of the congregation made ​​the discovery at 7:00 a.m.

The eyewitness said that when he found the body it was clean, and he saw no traces of blood, pointing to the possibility that he was born elsewhere and then placed there.

Police launched an investigation into the case, but so far, no arrests have been made.

Beach goers seen on video sitting on toilets in public

Toilet protest 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) Visitors to a beach in Brazil, were shocked to see people sitting on toilets in public, according to video uploaded to the Internet.

The video showed how protesters have been sitting on toilets on a beach in Rio de Janeiro, in order to show their outrage at the lack of sanitation in the city.

They are unhappy with wastewater, which is allowed to flow into the sea water.

Some people also wrote the names of bacteria in the sand to highlight the issue at the Ipanema Beach, one of the most famous beaches in Rio de Janeiro.

Ipanema Beach has planned some events for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Authorities promised that the water will be clean in time for the games.

Naked student who was high on drugs jumps to his death from New York University building

Titan Lee-Hai 
By: Debbie Gross

A student is dead after jumping from the rooftop of the New York University building in New York City, according to a statement released by New York University.

Titan Lee-Hai, a student at the New York University, fell 15 stories to his death after jumping from the building, which is located in the East Village neighborhood of New York City on Monday.

The 18-year-old jumped at 3:20 a.m., the New York Police Department said in a statement.

An eyewitness said that Lee-Hai was running around naked and punching people before taking his own life.

He also seemed to be very high on drugs, according to the eyewitness.

A security guard said that a fire alarm went off, indicating that Lee-Hai went to the roof. Lee-Hai jumped before guards could reach the rooftop.

The university said in a statement that it is investigating the incident.

“The university will help students who are affected by the situation,” spokesperson John Beckman said in a statement.

He also reminded students that a crisis counselor is always available.

Auto body shop workers terrified after large snakes were dumped in their garbage cans

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By: John Roberts

Employees of a New York auto body shop are terrified to go to work after someone dumped large snakes in their garbage cans.

A mechanic of a Brooklyn auto body shop found the three huge snakes inside the trash cans, police said.

The body shop owner said that one of the snakes found on Monday, is six feet long. The garage is located on Baltic Street.

The other snakes are three feet long. The snakes were inside a briefcase and two plastic bags.

Police said that they received a call about the incident on Monday.

Animal Care and Control, which is responsible for wild animals discovered in the city, took the snakes to their headquarters until a suitable home is found for them.

Drunk lottery winner flushes nearly $500,000 down the toilet

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By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) A lottery winner of Germany, did the unthinkable with her windfall.

A 63-year-old woman, who won about $475,000 in cash from a lottery drawing, ripped the banknotes into pieces and flushed it down the toilet after getting drunk.

Angela Maier of Essen, who won the national lottery, was hit with a huge bill.

The elderly home care facility, where her husband died, sent her a bill for his medical expenses after they learned about her winnings.

The woman read the letter after downing five bottles of champagne a few days after she won the lottery.

The woman became extremely angry with the home care facility and destroyed the cash instead of having some of it taken from her.

The home care facility argued in court that the woman invented the story about flushing her cash down the toilet, but they were unable to prove it, according to court proceedings.

The woman agreed to settle her bill with the home care facility for about $5,000.

Man runs back into burning home to save his Xbox

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By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) A man risked it all in order to be reunited with his beloved Xbox game console, according to fire officials in Kansas.

The Olathe Fire Department said that a local man risked his life by running into a burning house to retrieve his Xbox after escaping safely from the building.

The unidentified man woke up in the early hours of Friday morning, to find his home in flames.

He quickly ran out of the property and onto the street, only to remember that his Xbox was trapped inside the building.

Despite facing large flames, he ran into the house to save his game. After a few minutes, he emerged from the house with his Xbox.

The man suffered smoke inhalation. Paramedics who arrived at the scene, said that he did not suffer serious injuries.

The fire caused $75,000 in property damage. The fire was caused due to a faulty electrical wire, according to fire officials.