Quad Messaging App — The New Facebook on Campus

College—it’s not just a time for growing into the responsible individual you most assuredly will become, it’s also a time to experiment and make mistakes. However, with the rise of the Internet comes the potential for these mistakes to be broadcast to a much larger audience—not to mention the long-lasting impacts it could have on your reputation and future career. When it comes to social media, there is such a thing as bad press, and it has the potential to place embarrassing or sensitive information in front of other students, professors, friends, family and potential hiring companies.

And yet, more and more students are communicating publicly over Facebook and embracing other wildly popular mobile messaging apps such as WhatsApp and Snapchat—over text or email messaging. Such group chat programs are a convenient way to send targeted messages to a mass of people without using your minutes or bothering with a bulky email directory, if used properly.

With the benefits of group-messaging in mind, Quad and Campus Quad apps are arriving at colleges across the country in an effort to become the next Facebook for students. Quad, from Apsurdity, centralizes college group communications and chat functionality into one mobile venue. Where other messaging apps max out at 50 participants in a single message thread, Quad allows you up to 500. Where updates and messaging on Facebook and Twitter sends a blanket message to everyone, Quad organizes these as a public, private or completely hidden messaging platform for different groups—and groups within a group. It’s a neat solution to a near-universal problem, so it’s no wonder it’s already being used at more than 4,000 of the 4,500 colleges across the U.S.

Campus Quad is another app aiming to change the face of college communication. They are looking to eliminate the clutter of outdated list servers, bulletin boards and even Facebook notifications. Campus Quad utilizes location-based photo flyers, events, coupons and classified ads to make it easy for users to create and post to their campus community, all in one app.

While exceedingly convenient, and capable of connecting hundreds of co-eds campus-wide, these types of apps can pose a significant security risk to the students who use them. For example, forgetting a smartphone or tablet in a bar, cab, class or frat party, can expose your personal data or entire social calendar and school information to anyone who looks. That is, unless you have proactively set measures in place to protect your phone in the event of loss or theft, such as a password/PIN code, and biometric security (if possible), as well as location-tracking. Additionally, app lock features can help keep your social profiles from being hijacked in the event a device falls into the wrong hands.

However, even when all precautions are taken, sensitive data could still end up in the wrong hands when taking into account the issue of over sharing. College is indeed a time to experiment and make mistakes, but what happens if personal antics make it onto a mass messaging circuit? Once that information is out there, it can never be taken back. Furthermore, with newer apps like Quad and Campus Quad, there are numerous opportunities for hackers to gain access to information through a literal treasure trove of situations, such as phishing attempts, or other targeted attacks. Users do not always have the proper security measures in place to protect their data—and oftentimes safety is compromised for the sake of convenience.

While mobile messaging is here to stay, users must stay conscious of the potential vulnerabilities—especially when access to sensitive information is placed in the hands of multiple people. Taking the risks into consideration, here are a few tips to keep your information, and the information of others, safe when using group-messaging apps:

  • Don’t send sensitive information over messages. Beware of what you share when using mobile messaging apps. If you wouldn’t shout it out loud, then it’s private enough to be done in person.
  • Know exactly what information your apps are accessing. Don’t just assume your apps aren’t misbehaving behind the scenes. McAfee® Mobile Security offers an app protection feature for Android devices that tells you what data each app is using.
  • Use different passwords and PINs across your devices and accounts. For different accounts and devices, use unique passwords and/or PINs to stay secure. Avoid choosing predictable words or numerical combinations like your birthday or “pa$$word”.
  • Enable location-tracking features on your device. In the event a device is lost or stolen, location-tracking features can improve the odds of retrieving it or remotely wiping any sensitive information from afar. This feature and more is also available with McAfee Mobile Security.
  • Protect your devices with comprehensive security. Set safety precautions in place for every Internet-enabled device you own. Install security software like McAfee Mobile Security, available for iOS and Android devices to help you secure your mobile devices.

In today’s expanding mobile world, it’s important to be aware of security trends. Keep up to date with the latest in threats and mobile safety by following us on Twitter @McAfeeConsumer and Like us on Facebook.


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To Post or Not To Post – McAfee Facebook Contest

Sharing may be caring, but not everything you do or every picture you take should be posted on social media. McAfee’s 2014 Love, Relationships, and Technology study found that people are oversharing on a global-scale. Aside from sending/receiving intimate and sexual content, more than 38% of respondents admitted to sharing passwords, as well as sharing email accounts, and even bank details with their significant others.

While keeping romantic partners, friends, and family in the loop is great, being aware of what and who has access to your personal information is crucial to online safety. That epic night out drinking with pals may be better off saved in your memories than forever immortalized on your Facebook wall. The Internet is forever, and what feels like a seemingly harmless post now could result in some serious bad buzz down the line.

In the spirit of protecting your online and offline reputation, McAfee will be running a Post It or Delete It contest on Facebook from Monday, February 10th through Friday, February 21st. Two lucky winners will receive a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Tablet with 16GB memory and a 1-year subscription to McAfee LiveSafe™ service. Watch for the contest posts on the McAfee Facebook page throughout the week and always think twice before sharing online and via mobile devices.

Follow the directions below for a chance to win big!


Terms and Conditions

1. How to enter: No purchase necessary. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning. The McAfee Love, Relationships and Technology Post It or Delete It Contest (the “Contest”) will have two (2) drawing periods during which time all entries must be received. Pacific Time shall control for all purposes of this Contest. Two (2) winners will be chosen, one (1) for each drawing period. Drawing periods are as follows:

  • Drawing 1: Monday, February 10th 8:00 AM PT through Friday, February 14th 6:00 PM PT
  • Drawing 2: Monday, February 17th 8:00 AM PT through Friday, February 21st 6:00 PM PT

 During each Drawing period, go to the McAfee page on Facebook and do the following steps.

  1. Find the Post It or Delete It contest posts on the McAfee Facebook page, which will include the hashtag: #SextRegret.
  2. Answer either “Post it” or “Delete it” – or some variation thereof – with the #SextRegret hashtag in the comments section of the contest post to be entered in to win.

 Look for the Post It or Delete It posts on Facebook starting Monday, February 10th at 8am PT. Inappropriate entries, unrelated entries or entries that do not contain the #SextRegret hashtag will not be considered. 

There will be a total of four (4) Post It or Delete It contest posts during each drawing period on the McAfee Facebook page featuring the #SextRegret hashtag starting on Monday, February 10th at 8am PT. Each entry must include the #SextRegret hashtag to be eligible to win, and winners will be chosen from applicable entries in the comments section of each Post It or Delete It contest post. No other method of entry will be accepted besides Facebook. Entries from one Drawing are not carried over to a later Drawing (you must enter each Drawing separately).

Only one eligible entry per person, per contest post, per Drawing.

2.   Eligibility: The contest is open globally to those who are 18 years of age or older on the date the contest begins and live in a jurisdiction where this prize contest and drawing are not prohibited. Employees of McAfee and its subsidiaries, affiliates, prize suppliers, and advertising and promotional agencies, their immediate families (spouses, parents, children, and siblings and their spouses), and individuals living in the same household as such employees are ineligible. A winner of one Drawing is eligible to enter in the subsequent Drawings.

3.   Winner Selection: One (1) winner for each Drawing will be selected from the eligible entries received during a Drawing’s entry period. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by the Official Contest Rules and the decisions of the coordinators, which shall be final and binding in all respects.

Winner Notification: Each drawing winner will be notified via direct message on Facebook.com at the end of each drawing period. Prize winners will be required to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release (where permitted by law) to be returned within ten (10) days of written notification, or prize may be forfeited and an alternate winner selected. If a prize notification is returned as unclaimed or undeliverable to a potential winner, if potential winner cannot be reached within four (4) calendar days from the first notification attempt, or if potential winner fails to return requisite document within the specified time period, or if a potential winner is not in compliance with these Official Rules, then such person shall be disqualified and, at Sponsor’s sole discretion, an alternate winner may be selected for the prize at issue based on the winner selection process described above.

4.   Prizes: The prize for each Drawing is a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Tablet with 16GB Memory and 1-year subscription to McAfee LiveSafe™ service, (Approximate retail value “ARV” of each prize is $580).

Entrants agree that McAfee has the sole right to determine the winners of the drawing and all matters or disputes arising from the drawing and that its determination is final and binding. There are no prize substitutions, transfers or cash equivalents permitted except at the sole discretion of McAfee.

Sponsor will not replace any lost or stolen prizes. Sponsor is not responsible for delays in prize delivery beyond its control. All other expenses and items not specifically mentioned in these Official Rules are not included and are the prize winners’ sole responsibility. ARV of the prize may be subject to market fluctuation. In the event the stated ARV of a prize is more than the actual retail value of the prize at the time of award, the difference will not be awarded in cash or otherwise.

5.   General conditions: Entrants agree that by entering they agree to be bound by these rules. All federal, state, and local taxes, fees, and surcharges on prize packages are the sole responsibility of the prizewinner.

Sponsor is not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate entry information, whether caused by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest, or by any technical or human error, which may occur in the processing of the Contest entries. By entering, participants release and hold harmless McAfee and its respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees, attorneys, agents, and representatives from any and all liability for any injuries, loss, claim, action, demand, or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with the contest, any prize won, any misuse or malfunction of any prize awarded, participation in any contest-related activity, or participation in the contest. 

Prize Forfeiture Each prize will be awarded. If winner cannot be notified, does not respond to notification, does not meet eligibility requirements, or otherwise does not comply with these prize drawing rules, then the winner will forfeit the prize and an alternate winner will be selected from remaining eligible entry forms for each Drawing.

Dispute Resolution:  Entrants agree that McAfee has the sole right to determine the winners of the drawing and all matters or disputes arising from the drawing and that its determination is final and binding. There are no prize substitutions, transfers or cash equivalents permitted except at the sole discretion of McAfee.

Governing Law Each Prize Drawing and these rules will be construed in accordance with the laws, jurisdiction, and venue of New York.

Privacy Policy Personal information obtained in connection with this prize drawing will be handled in accordance policy set forth at http://www.mcafee.com/us/about/privacy.html (McAfee Privacy Policy).


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Stop! Do You Really Want to Send That Photo?

Yes we all use (or at least 96% of us do) our smartphones to take photos. But almost half of us (49%) have sent or received intimate content (photos, texts, etc.). So it’s time to stop and think about what we’re sharing and with whom.

I’ve said this before…the rise of smartphone usage has provided us with tons of convenience, but also brought about different risks we need to consider. Sharing intimate or racy information via mobile devices can set you up for potentially adverse situations.

A study by McAfee shows a number of adults sharing private details about their lives, including those of an intimate nature such as nude photos and sexts—all of this on unsecured digital devices—now, that’s just asking for a social scandal.

27% of us still don’t secure our mobile devices with a basic personal identification number (PIN) or passcode. And 38% of us have shared our PIN or passcode with our significant other. This puts you at risk for cyber stalking, identity theft and leakage of their intimate data.


Come on now people, stop being so reckless. No matter what your age group or gender, a lot of you are engaging in behaviors that will sting you in the end. The time to wake up and get smart is BEFORE something adverse happens that will expose you in ways you never wanted.

Here are some things you’ll want to remember as we head into Valentine’s Day before sending that loving message.

  • Be careful what you share. Don’t share your passwords with anyone, including significant others and family members. If you absolutely need to share it, create a unique code just for that account, and change it immediately if you suspect foul play.
  • Put a PIN on it. Always use a PIN or passcode on your smartphone and other mobile devices. If your phone is lost or stolen, anyone who picks up your device could get access to all your information and publish it online.
  • The delete button is your friend. If you do send personal or intimate messages, take the time to delete the content from your mobile device and personal accounts as soon as possible. It doesn’t take that much time and it could save you years of damage control for your reputation.
  • Once you share, it’s no longer yours. Remember before you hit send, post, tweet, etc. that once you share private information it’s now out of your control and you’re reliant on others to protect your privacy–for better or for worse.


To join the conversation use #SextRegret or follow McAfee on Twitter @McAfeeConsumer or Facebook.

Also, don’t forget to play the Crack the PIN to win game that was launched by Intel and McAfee to encourage people to take simple steps toward privacy everywhere by locking, tracking, and encrypting their devices. Go to www.mcafee.com/PINit to try and crack the pin to learn about why it’s critical to protect your mobile devices with a PIN and try and win a Samsung Galaxy tablet or McAfee LiveSafe™ service if you guess the PIN!



The Futures Company and MSI conducted surveys in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, The Netherlands, Japan, Mexico, China, India, Singapore and Brazil among 9,337 men and women, ages 18 to 54. The survey was conducted in December 2013 – January 2014.


RobertSicilianoRobert Siciliano is an Online Security Expert to McAfee. He is the author of 99 Things You Wish You Knew Before Your Mobile was Hacked!  Disclosures.

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Trust and Relationships in the Mobile Era

Love is in the air…and, unfortunately, so is betrayal, as people get ready to share their hearts and more via their mobile devices this Valentine’s Day. There is no shortage of mobile ways to foster romance, especially with the plethora of dating and messaging apps out there. However, while a smartphone may seem like the best way to help Cupid’s arrow hit its mark, there are some security and privacy considerations users should be aware of before sharing too much too soon—especially when it comes to love and technology.

We recently released the results of our second annual Love, Relationships and Technology survey, which asked more than 9,000 adults worldwide, between the ages of 18-54, about their private data sharing habits and online behavior when it comes to matters of the heart. The verdict? Bad technology habits are on the rise worldwide, but people are still not taking the steps to protect their information from prying eyes and angry exes.

While the numbers were highest in the U.S., the trend is also growing globally with 31% of people worldwide admitting to sending intimate or racy content to someone. A whopping 95% of those who sent naughty pictures and messages also trusted their partners not to share or post them on social media. Such content may seem completely private, when shared between two consenting devices, but what happens when love turns sour, or hackers break in? The convenience of mobile makes it easier than ever to share photos and videos, but recent data breaches reiterate the realities of digital privacy—or lack thereof.

There are many threats out there targeting mobile devices, and considering their near exponential growth over the last year alone, the addition of sensitive photos and messages can make smartphones and tablets even more tempting for criminals. From leaked phone numbers and text conversations in mobile messaging apps to PIN-cracking malware and other threats, that steamy photo or text could end up in places far beyond the recipient’s inbox and out of your control.

Aside from sending intimate content, respondents worldwide also admitted to some other naughty behavior including saving risky photos and messages on their devices, cyber-stalking and snooping, as well as sharing too much personal information with a significant other.

  • 60% of people who have sent or received intimate content have it saved or stored on their devices.
  • On top of saving risky content, 28% have snooped on the content of a significant other’s text messages and photos.
  • Beyond mobile snooping, 15% even tracked their significant other on his/her social media account.
  • Oversharing is also a problem worldwide with 43% sharing bank account details and 38% sharing passwords with their partner.

While mobile technologies may give people many more avenues to express their feelings and share connections with that special someone, they also present new ways to spy on and scorn them. Relationships are about mutual respect and trust, but personal safety should come first before sharing sensitive information such as passwords and racy images. Keep your mobile devices safe with top-of-the-line security and always exercise caution when sending messages and photos—even to your significant other. Because once it’s out there, it’s never coming back.

Moreover, you can protect all of your data from lovers and hackers alike with comprehensive security measures. McAfee® Mobile Security, available for both iOS and Android, comes with many features to help keep your private information private—even in the event your device is lost or stolen.

To keep up with the latest security threats, make sure to follow @McAfeeConsumer on Twitter and like us on Facebook.



The Futures Company and MSI conducted surveys in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, The Netherlands, Japan, Mexico, China, India, Singapore and Brazil among 9,337 men and women, ages 18 to 54. The survey was conducted in December 2013 – January 2014.



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