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Help! My Android has malware!

What to do if you think you've got an infected Android phone or tablet We've talked about antivirus apps for Android a little, specifically if you really need to use one at all. It's a good thing to talk about and sort through all the FUD and nonsense about malware on our smartphones and...
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...
'BADASS' surveillance program let British, Canadian governments spy on smartphones

'BADASS' surveillance program let British, Canadian governments spy on smartphones

More information about government surveillance has come to light, and this time, it's not about the NSA, but the British and Canadian governments, which apparently used special software filters to acquire sensitive smartphone user data from the servers of a number of advertising and analytics...
Understanding WebView and Android security patches

Understanding WebView and Android security patches

Why isn't Google updating WebView on Jelly Bean and earlier, and what does it mean? A recent revelation that Google is no longer developing security patches for the "WebView" component of Android in Jelly Bean and earlier has once again put a spotlight on Android security, and the challenges...
Boss Phone is a 7-inch phone that puts security at a premium

Boss Phone is a 7-inch phone that puts security at a premium

The Boss Phone is a new, 7-inch phone that puts an emphasis on security from startup Briggs & Spriggs, Inc. The Boss Phone will launch their Indiegogo campaign tomorrow, January 6, and is part of the crowd funding site's CES 2015 setup. The phone is built on Android 5.0 Lollipop, and Briggs...
Google makes it easier for you to see all the devices connected to your account

Google makes it easier for you to see all the devices connected to your account

After adding functionality to its search client yesterday, Google is rolling out a new security-oriented feature that lets you see all the devices connected to your account. The Devices and Activities tab, which is accessible via your account's security settings, gives an overview of all the...
Pretty blue key to a pretty sweet account

How to add a U2F Security Key to your Google Account

Your Google Account is important. "One login, all of Google" also means one login will not only get you into all of your services and data, it potentially could let someone else in, too. And that's why, as we've told you over and over again, you need to use two-step authentication. That way,...
Google highlights new security features in Android 5.0 Lollipop

Google highlights new security features in Android 5.0 Lollipop

Google has highlighted some of the new security features in Android 5.0 Lollipop. New features given the spotlight by Google include Smart Lock, device encryption, and SELinux. Smart Lock is all about making your phone more secure while still making it quick and easy to open. You can tell your...
T-Mobile quietly upgrades 2G network security

T-Mobile quietly upgrades 2G network security

T-Mobile US is quietly upgrading the security of their older 2G network, moving to more advanced encryption that prevents eavedropping. The new, more secure network has already been deployed in at least three locations, New York, Washington, and Boulder, Colorado. The T-Mobile 2G network has...
Dropbox

Hundreds of Dropbox accounts compromised via third party service; change your password now

Earlier today, a thread surfaced on Reddit offering up 400 Dropbox usernames and passwords in plain text, with a note that over seven million accounts have been compromised in total. Dropbox has since announced on its blog that it wasn't hacked, and that the leaked passwords were stolen from a...
Personal information from customers compromised by insider breach breach at AT&T

Customer information compromised in AT&T insider breach

AT&T is offering an apology and a free year's worth of credit monitoring services to customers who may have been affected by a security breach. Unlike recent breaches at retailers like Target and Home Depot, AT&T's was done by an insider who had illegally accessed personal information...
BitTorrent Bleep

BitTorrent Bleep is a P2P messenger that provides end-to-end encryption

BitTorrent is looking to make communications more secure with the launch of a new P2P service called Bleep. The service launched earlier this year in pre-alpha form for Windows users, and now BitTorrent is expanding the alpha program to Android users. Using Bleep, you can make calls and send...
Google responds to Gmail password leak

Google responds to Gmail password leak

After it was reported that a list containing as many as 5 million usernames and passwords from Google's Gmail users was leaked online, Google is responding by saying that its servers would have blocked suspicious log-in attempts. Noting that only 2 percent of the password and username combos...
Millions of Gmail credentials leaked

Leak of millions of Gmail usernames and passwords underscores the need for better security

A list of nearly five million Gmail usernames and passwords have reportedly been published on a Russian online forum, but many of those accounts on the list have already been suspended or have old passwords. Still, millions of account credentials are out there, potentially posing a significant...
You have lots of ways to secure your phone. Use some of them!

10 best ways to secure your smartphone

Lock your smartphone We've said a million times, and we'll say it till we're blue in the face. Lock your smartphone. Lock your smartphone! We were also slightly dismayed (though not exactly surprised) to hear in our recent poll that a good third of our readers do not lock their phones. And we...
Android password security

Security 101: Passwords

With so much of our lives online, secure p@$$w0rdz are a must Show of virtual hands — how many of us use the same password for everything and everywhere? I hope everyone said no, but I'm sure not everyone did. It's high time we talk about passwords, and why a smart and secure routine is in your...
New malware exploits USB, but isn't really that scary

'BadUSB' malware highlights the danger of plugging random mystery drives into your computer

Another day, another apocalyptic prognostication of computer security doom, this time focusing on the omnipresent USB connection. It's called 'BadUSB', and it's a malware proof-of-concept created by security researchers Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell that exploits a flaw in and resides in the...
Android security

'Fake ID' and Android security [Updated]

'Fake ID' is an important find, but Google Play and Play Services updates mean many users are already protected Today security research firm BlueBox — the same company that uncovered the so-called Android "Master Key" vulnerability — has announced the discovery of a bug in the way Android...
Google Play purchases

How to keep your kids (or anyone else) from buying on your Google Play account

Passwords, passwords, passwords Have we mentioned lately the importance of using a password? Whether it's on your device itself, or any of your accounts, you've got to keep things behind a password. And that goes for making purchases from Google Play as well. A more recent bone of contention...
How to change your location settings in Android

How to change your location settings in Android

Sometimes it's best to hide your location in Android When you first set up your Android smartphone you'll be asked about location services, and whether you want the phone to use them. Google has its own services, and sometimes your carrier will have its own that you'll need to approve as well....

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