Using Facebook? Get BitDefender Safego (beta)

I’m a longtime (over 3 years) user of Facebook and have become hardened to their ever changing designs and privacy policies. I know to be on my toes and continuously scrutinize my privacy settings to have as much control as I want over my data. As I watch the more people joining Facebook, I wonder just how careful they will be with giving their data to applications, rogue or otherwise. Add the relative unsavvy-ness of the older generation and you have a feast of data for bad guys to dine on.

That said, I was pinged several weeks ago about a Facebook app by BitDefender called “BitDefender Safego” and at the time, I wasn’t sure I was their intended target because I largely avoid attempts at social engineering me into clicking malicious links or enabling malicious apps to have access to my data or my friends’. I finally activated the BitDefender Safego app and this is a summary of the process:

  1. Activating the Safego app means going to this link:
  2. When installing the app, you will be asked to grant the app a bunch of permissions. Only 2 of those permissions are required for the BitDefender Safego app to function and they are to:
    • Allow the Safego app to send you email
    • Allow the Safego app to access your Facebook basic information like name, profile picture, gender, networks, user ID, list of friends and other info you’ve shared with everyone.
    • BitDefender Safego Facebook Permissions Requested

    You’ll probably be asked to share your latest app find with friends, but I always like to keep my ‘noise’ level down.

  3. After activating the BitDefender Safego app, you’ll be presented with a shiny Dashboard where the Safego app presents an overview of issues that may require your attention, notices of infection on your wall or inbox. This is what it looks like:
    BitDefender Safego Dashboard

If you’re lucky, your dashboard will remain squeaky clean as mine was for several weeks until when a hapless Facebook acquaintance posted some spam-driven links to my wall. However, I didn’t get to see those malicious links because BitDefender Safego ‘quarantined’ the link from posting to my wall. This was GREAT because it’s one less task I have to do especially when said acquaintance continuously spams your wall.

However, what was NOT so great was the implication of turning ON the “Publish to Wall” setting in the Safego dashboard. This means that with every detection of a spam link or infected content, you will get a notice posted to your Facebook wall by the BitDefender Safego app. In my case, I got over 5 notifications from the Safego app about one or several malicious links that were detected. Here’s what my wall looked like after several attempts by a compromised Facebook account to post to my wall:
BitDefender Safego Facebook Notifications

I promptly turned off the “Publish to Wall” setting for now although my Weekly Stats will still get published to my wall (for now also).
BitDefender Safego Detection

In summary: The BitDefender Safego facebook app is a Set It and Forget It application which proved its usefulness by blocking a malicious link from being posted to my wall. I can’t count how many times I’ve seen friends’ walls overrun by compromised Facebook accounts posting spam links. Don’t let this happen to you: Get BitDefender Safego to save yourself some time. 🙂

Experimenting with Ovi Maps Beta

I visited the Beta Labs at and decided to give their latest beta version of Ovi Maps for Symbian ^3 a try. The beta version of Ovi Maps is called version 3.06 10wk48 b01. Confusingly, the latest version (v.3.06 10wk46b01) of Ovi Maps for Symbian ^3 is also version 3.06. There are several differences between the beta version of Ovi Maps and the released version of Ovi Maps is, but the main reasons I decided to give the beta version a shot are these 2 new features which I didn’t receive in the ‘official’ version of Ovi Maps:

  1. Ability to download Maps in-device via WiFi: I can confirm that this feature works as advertised i.e. I downloaded a map of Corsica (don’t ask) to my phone. However, I tried to delete the map and turns out you can’t delete maps yet from the device. Turns out I can’t even delete maps once I’ve downloaded/installed them to my Nokia N8 period because I launched Ovi Suite 2 and my only choice was to delete ALL maps. Anyway, I’ve got 20gbs of space on my phone so I’m not in dire need of extra space yet. The ability to delete maps from the phone would be greatly appreciated. 🙂

    Ovi Maps Release vs Ovi Maps Beta

  2. Compass Calibration: When this is turned on, the map rotates as you turn the phone, but still points North to retain your bearings. ovi-maps-beta-compass.jpg

For more details on some beta features that made it into the official Ovi Maps application, check this post I wrote on Updates to Ovi Maps.

Improvements to Ovi Maps on the Nokia N8 and Some Recommended Symbian ^3 Apps

Since my last post about Gaming/Apps on the Nokia N8, several cool apps have been released and software updates pushed out to existing apps. This post will talk about the new & improved Ovi Maps available now, some apps I recommend (and like) for the N8, and a bone to pick with topApps on the Nokia N8.

  1. Ovi Maps
  2. Skype for Symbian
  3. WordPress for Symbian
  4. SoundHound for Symbian
  5. Loop App
  6. Fixing topApps and the Ovi Store

Ovi Maps – Improved

In my earlier posts, I recognized that the N8 isn’t perfect, but thankfully, Nokia is starting to take the first steps towards making the Nokia N8 a solid phone that I will be able to recommend without hesitation. I’ve touted the fact that Ovi Maps comes with free turn-by-turn navigation. However, for people totally new to the Symbian environment, using Ovi Maps can be quite frustrating especially if you need to “set it and forget it”. Well, with the latest update to the Ovi Maps (Nok Nok TV has a list of major changes) application (current version is v.3.06 10wk46b01), Nokia has improved the usability of Ovi Maps and here are some changes I’ve noticed:

  1. Ovi Maps Dashboard: The icons appears to have been given a fresh coat of paint Here’s what the current dashboard looks like:
    Ovi Maps v. 3.06 10wk46b01
  2. Driving/Walking to Places: From the Ovi Maps dashboard, you have 2 ways to start navigating:
    • Hit the “Search” button: From the “Search” screen, the portrait keyboard is brought up immediately and saves you another keystroke. For me, one of the better changes is that the font size on the Search/Categories screen has been increased. This was huge for me because most times I use Ovi Maps are when I are *already* in the car. My patience level for painstakingly entering my destination into Ovi Maps application is drastically lower so anything (in this case, it’s the larger font size) that reduces the user error is great in my book. Here’s what that screen looks like:
      Ovi Maps Search AddressesOvi Maps Search Categories
    • Hit the “Drive” button: This has been changed to make navigation much easier. To reiterate, I just want to get up and go. Ovi Maps *finally* makes that easier than it has ever been on Ovi Maps. Here’s what the screen looks like now:
      Drive To on Ovi Maps

  3. Map Interaction: Zooming in on maps with Ovi Maps is also easier and much improved. The previous version was choppy and I was also slightly leery of interacting with the maps. However, I’ve been very impressed with this latest iteration of “Pinch to zoom” on Ovi Maps. Here’s a short video showing how seamless zooming is on Ovi Maps:

Skype – Available for Symbian ^3

Short and sweet:Great app to have available for Symbian ^3 along with the other slew of VOIP apps like Fring, Nimbuzz available on the Ovi Store.
With regards to new & notable apps available for the Nokia N8, here’s one that should excite any heavy VOIP users: Skype is now available for Symbian^3! If you visit, your device will be detected and if supported, offer you a download link to the .sisx file. See the image below:
Skype on Nokia N8

WordPress for Nokia – Changed

Short and sweet: I am not really into mobile blogging as I’m almost always with my notebook everywhere I am. However, in a pinch, this is an excellent utility and deserves an install anyway. It works for the site as well as self-hosted WordPress installations. I hope to see a generic blogging client in the Ovi Store soon as (if you haven’t noticed) Habari powers this blog.

When I heard of this, I attempted to download and install approximately 6 times … and failed. I gave up for awhile and decided to install the app once more. This time, it worked but I encountered some easily surmountable issues. Not letting those stop me, I simply restarted the app and I was back in business! To create a post in the WordPress for Symbian app is pretty easy and I’m glad Nokia’s taking the initiative to assist developers in creating useful apps like these.

Main WordPress for Symbian
Create Post in WordPress for Symbian


Short and sweet: I wouldn’t call this a “must-have” app, but interestingly enough, I purchased it for my previous Android phone and now, purchased again for my Nokia N8. 🙂

Thankfully, the User Interface isn’t different from how it was on Android. The premise is simple: you’re somewhere and hear a tune you can’t place. Fire up SoundHound and it should spit out the song’s name and details on who sang it, etc. It’s pretty cool and you need an internet connection for it to work.
SoundHound on the Nokia N8

Loop – Music making app

Short and sweet: The Loop app is a free and *Really* fun application for making music. Absolutely get this if you want to spend hours creating serious or silly music hooks and amuse yourself by how ‘gangsta’ you sound. Someone made this little sample. Please be gentle. 😛

I was initially skeptical about how usable this app would be, but I was really blown away by how much detail the Nokia team put into this app. It comes with 9 pre-installed tracks (that are actually quite good): Detroit, DnB, Dubstep, French Electro, Fun, HipHop, Old School Hip Hop, Poodlism and Reggaeton. You can visit to get user-contributed tracks too. You’ll have to download the Loop app to sample these tracks. 🙂 With the Loop app, you can add a ‘base’ (colored yellow) which would be any of the 9 tracks or one you create yourself!. Then, you have about 3 more layers of music/sounds/beats to add before you get greeted with the “tracks are filled up” message. From there, it’s easy to “merge” and add more music layers! Just go give it a shot, will ya? It’s free. While you’re at it, check out this pretty creative video/ad shot on the Nokia N8 and music provided by the Loop App! 🙂
Nokia N8 Loop AppNokia N8 Loop Track Editing

Fixing the Ovi Store/topApps

  1. One of the things I have to commend Nokia for doing is starting topApps which is another application that came preinstalled on the N8. It’s sort of like the Ovi Store, but for recommendations by Ovi Store staff. From the official description,

    topApps is a free application for use on Nokia touch-enabled devices (running S60 5th Edition), that features a homescreen widget for devices like the Nokia N97, and loads of details about content in Ovi Store that is referenced in ways that encourage exploration and discovery.

    This is great, but I sorta wish I didn’t have yet another obstacle between finding great apps to use. If the Featured, Reviewed or Staff Picks apps features are incorporated into the Ovi Store app, I would be one happy camper because that removes another hurdle towards easy app acquisition. Right now, items showcased on topApps are limited to a certain number and aren’t directly downloadable. The featured/reviewed apps are simply linked to their Ovi Store pages and then (if you’re like me), you still have to read reviews before OK-ing a download or purchase! However, I suspect that this merger would probably require a complete redesign of the current Ovi Store layout as you’ll see in the images below:
    TopApps on Ovi Store
    Nokia Ovi Store

  2. Another annoyance with the topApps application is the fact that everytime the application is started, it dutifully always requests access to user data and network connectivity, but only for that session. I’ve uninstalled and reinstalled the app so I don’t think I’m doing it wrong. This means everytime, I have to press “yes” twice (once to allow access to user data and the second time to allow the app to connect to the internet). Here’s the video proof that I’m not crazy :):
  3. Also, it appears that topApps is not a native N8 app because it constantly asks me for permissions to access the internet. Again, this is one of those areas where Nokia could have removed 2 more obstacles to viewing and eventually buying/downloading apps!
  4. I vented about not being able to buy apps with my credit card while my ATT SIM card’s in the phone. In an online conversation with someone knowledgeable, I learned that ATT mandated that user accounts should be billed for app purchases on the Ovi store. I am skeptical that there isn’t any hidden fee to this, but I guess I’ll find out when my cellphone bill arrives. I would have some good grounds to argue on especially as (a) I don’t have a data plan (b) ATT effectively makes apps purchases a needlessly arduous/painful experience.