Did COVID-19 steal your sales? This is how 9 Latin American startups successfully entered e-commerce

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Technological innovation and process optimization are booming. Changes and restrictions in physical interaction since the pandemic have forced companies to change the way they operate and do business, the recent McKinsey & Company survey “What 800 executives envision for the postpandemic workface ” conducted of executives of companies around the world, shows that a third of companies have accelerated the digitization of their supply chains, half have accelerated the digitization of their customer service channels, and two-thirds have more quickly adopted artificial intelligence and automation.

Undoubtedly, the pandemic has shown us that the digitization of companies of any size is necessary and that being prepared and being able to adapt quickly is essential. There has been an important evolution in consumer habits and in the adoption of purchasing through digital media, as mentioned in the eMarketer report, Latin America Ecommerce 2020 ( How COVID-19 will affect growth and sales in Argentina , Brazil and Mexico ), the region will have 191.7 million digital buyers and more than 10.8 million consumers will make a digital purchase for the first time this year.

In the region there are startups that are helping this entire process, standing out for presenting relevant innovations for sales processes, for promoting the digital transformation of companies through disruptive solutions that help them automate logistics and delivery processes, to increase productivity, for promoting customer loyalty and for allowing correct decision-making with the use of Big Data .

Here are some examples of these solutions, and the name of the startups that lead these changes, promoted by and belonging to Wayra , the Venture Capital of Telefónica

Delete these 33 apps! ‘Joker’ malware can steal money from your smartphone

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a person using a cell phone: Delete these 33 apps! 'Joker' malware can steal money from your smartphone


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Delete these 33 apps! ‘Joker’ malware can steal money from your smartphone

Google has removed a few apps between July and September from Play Store since these were infected by Joker malware. These apps are found to be involved in spreading spyware, malware, or other harmful software. This malware is difficult to detect since it uses a technique called ‘Dropper’ to bypass Google’s security scan and sneak into the user’s device. California-based cybersecurity firm Zscaler discovered these infected apps.

The malware steals the money from users’ accounts by subscribing them to the unwanted premium paid subscriptions without their consent. Such a user may not be aware that he has been signed up for a paid subscription service and the money has been deducted from his account.

“Many of these samples appear to be designed specifically to attempt to slip into the Play Store undetected and are not seen elsewhere,” Google wrote in a blog earlier this year.

Here is the complete list of the apps that Google booted:1. All Good PDF Scanner

2. Mint Leaf Message-Your Private Message

3. Unique Keyboard Fancy Fonts & Free Emoticons

4. Tangram App Lock

5. Direct Messenger

6. Private SMS

7. One Sentence Translator Multifunctional Translator

8. Style Photo Collage

9. Meticulous Scanner

10. Desire Translate

11. Talent Photo Editor Blur focus

12. Care Message

13. Part Message

14. Paper Doc Scanner

15. Blue Scanner

16. Hummingbird PDF Converter Photo to PDF

17. All Good PDF Scanner

18. com.imagecompress.android

19. com.relax.relaxation.androidsms

20. com.file.recovefiles

21. com.training.memorygame

22. Push Message- Texting & SMS

23. Fingertip GameBox

24. com.contact.withme.texts

25. com.cheery.message.sendsms (two different instances)

26. com.LPlocker.lockapps

27. Safety AppLock

28. Emoji Wallpaper

29. com.hmvoice.friendsms

30. com.peason.lovinglovemessage

31. com.remindme.alram

32. Convenient Scanner 2

33. Separate Doc Scanner

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