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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...
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...
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,...

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The 'Stagefright' exploit: What you need to know

There's a scary-sounding story going around this morning about the "worst Android vulnerability in the mobile OS history!" (Exclamation point theirs, not ours.) The gist is that malware could be embedded in a video, which theoretically could be exploited without you doing a single thing. And, oh...
Use your 'eyeprints' to unlock the Alcatel Idol 3

Use your 'eyeprints' to unlock the Alcatel Idol 3

Using your eyes to unlock your phone works better than you think, and it makes you feel like a secret agent. We've seen face unlock (now known as "Trusted Face") on Android for a while, and various vendors have used fingerprint scanners — some very successfully, some not so much. But the Alcatel...
Google Apps for Work customers can snag a Yubico security key $9

Google Apps for Work customers can snag a Yubico security key for $9

If you're a Google Apps for Work customer and you haven't yet picked up a security key for two-factor authentication on your account, now may be the time to do so. Google has announced that it has teamed up with Yubico to offer a 50 percent discount on security keys for Google Apps for Work...
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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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