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Antivirus for Android — do you need it?

Antivirus for Android — do you need it?

Do any of us really need antivirus software on our Android phones and tablets? In a past life I worked basic tech support at both Best Buy's Geek Squad and Staples' Easy Tech programs. I have heard every possible explanation for why a computer might have been infected with something, and...
How to use Content Lock on the LG G4

How to use Content Lock on the LG G4

With your phone staying unlocked in more places and around more of our gadgets, sometimes a simple PIN isn't quite enough. There are pictures you don't want your kids to get into, and there are some documents that you don't want anyone to get into. While locking and encrypting your phone are...
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Google is giving away 2GB of Drive storage for securing your account

Google is using Safer Internet Day to run a Drive giveaway promotion, which will bag you 2GB of extra storage space in the cloud for free. All you need to do is to provide Google with two minutes of your time to complete a security checkup, essentially making sure your account is both safe and...

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Samsung's keyboard had an exploit that you probably don't need to worry about

Another security story misses the point, and your phone isn't likely in any real danger. Update June 19: Samsung's detailed what you can do to make sure you get the fix for the exploit. Update June 18: Samsung tells Android Central that it's preparing a security update that won't have to wait...
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Google offers rewards of up to $8,000 in the newly launched Android security bug hunt

Google is launching a new security program focusing on Android, offering payments of up to $8,000 to those who bring to light vulnerabilities. This isn't the first time the company has launched a similar bug hunter program, paying out $4 million over the last handful of years. The new program is...
How to use Content Lock on the LG G4

How to use Content Lock on the LG G4

With your phone staying unlocked in more places and around more of our gadgets, sometimes a simple PIN isn't quite enough. There are pictures you don't want your kids to get into, and there are some documents that you don't want anyone to get into. While locking and encrypting your phone are...
Google's new tools give you more control over your privacy and security

Google's new tools give you more control over your privacy and security

Google is rolling out new tools to help you mangage your privacy and security. Google has introduced a new way to manage your security in an effort to help you have more control over how your information is shared. The new My Account tool provides quick access to security and privacy settings,...
Smart Lock for Passwords

Google's new Saved Passwords site and Smart Lock for Passwords are now available

Google quietly rolled out a new password service that builds on its existing Chrome sync system. With the announcement of Google Play Services 7.5 during all of the Google I/O fun yesterday, Google quietly slipped in a new password syncing feature that developers can take advantage of. What we...
Dashlane password manager

Dashlane password manager works with new Android M fingerprint security

Dashlane, a popular password manager, has announced support for Android M's new fingerprint security. Right on time after the announcement of new security APIs in the latest version of Android, the password manager will be one of the first to integrate with the new security platform. Using...
Google, Apple, and Microsoft urge President Obama to throw support behind smartphone encryption

Google, Apple, and Microsoft urge President Obama to throw support behind smartphone encryption

Google and Apple are among the technology companies are asking President Obama to reject proposals that would compromise security on smartphones and other devices. Several technology companies have signed the letter to President Obama, with companies like Facebook and Dropbox joining in with...
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Microsoft's latest slam of Android forgets one little thing ...

From Microsoft's "Windows Update for Business" blog post, lauding all the security features it's put in place for Windows 10: This level of commitment and support is far different than Android, for example, where Google refuses to take responsibility for updating their customers' devices,...
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Google cut Android malware installs by nearly half in 2014

Despite the constant concerns, Google shows just how safe — and safer — Android is in the Android Security State of the Union 2014. The Android Security State of the Union for 2014 provides an in-depth look into the security of the Android platform, analyzing billions of data points that are...
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App installer exploit affects older versions of Android but isn't as scary as it sounds

A scary-sounding exploit and scary-sounding headlines about half of Android devices being probably are more bark than bite. Again. A new(ish) exploit has been published today by the folks at Palo Alto Networks that describes how a bug in the Android package installer could potentially infect...

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