Reinventing cybersecurity with Hackuna

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With rapid changes in the digital landscape, the demand to secure one’s virtual data and information is an imperative.

Borrowing from the Lion King movie’s famous song Hakuna Matata, which means no worries, the Hackuna app developed by a group of young cybersecurity advocates led by 21-year old Alexis Lingad seeks to deliver the same message in terms of data protection.

“There is no 100 percent secure system in the cyberspace, everything is hackable,” Lingad said.

Launched on Saturday, the app showcases features that include a cybersecurity awareness, a privacy analyzer, a hacker tool and spy app buster as well as a wi-fi hack blocker.

“Security is not eliminating the risk. (Security seeks to) reduce the risk,” Lingad said.

Actually, what he just said forms part of the tip-of-the-day feature in the app that updates users on new malware in cyberspace and how to counter them.

Being able to use the app offline is another key trait of Hackuna as it enables Filipinos to secure their privacy even without an Internet connection. The loss of privacy is a persistent problem in the country.

Lingad, who is also the chief executive officer of Cryptors Cyber Security Inc., told reporters that Hackuna is a reinvention of cybersecurity and will block if not totally eliminate a hacker’s attempt to take over one’s computer.

Being able to use the app offline is another key trait of Hackuna as it enables Filipinos to secure their privacy even without an Internet connection.

To date, the app already generated more than 10,000 downloads in Google play in just a month with the United States, Philippines and India as its top user countries.

This number further their vision of becoming the leading anti-hack app in the ASEAN by 2020.

According to Lingad, a typical mobile security app takes a month to reach a thousand downloads but the feat proves how they succeeded in raising cybersecurity awareness in the country. He also said the app has around 30 to 40 percent daily active users compared to the usual one or five percent of rival apps.

In the future, Lingad and his team plan to provide Hackuna users an enhanced ability to detect a hacker within their area even if they are not themselves targeted. This feature beefs up their anti-malware capability.

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