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Brin and Schmidt worked with the NSA to help secure Google's products

Brin and Schmidt worked with the NSA to help secure Google's products

The NSA has found itself in the news again, this time delving into how close their relationship has been with the heads of Google. That sounds frightening at first, until we dig deeper in to find that the NSA's high level communication with Google executives Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt was...
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John McAfee's Chadder aims to keep your crazy messages private

John McAfee and his new company, Future Tense Private Systems (FTC), have released an encrypted chat messaging app for mobile users. The app is named 'Chadder' and it is now available on Android and Windows Phone, with an iOS version due in the coming weeks. The app is meant to address the...
Google fixes Heartbleed

Google updates back-end in light of Heartbleed vulnerability

If you've been online at some point in the last 36 hours, chances are you've heard of 'Heartbleed', a flaw in OpenSSL that has exposed data to theft on approximately 2/3 of servers in use around the globe over the past two years. It's not known how bad the damage may be, but the revelation of the...
Cerebus

Cerberus servers have a data leak, users advised to change password

Users of the popular phone security app Cerberus are reporting a slightly disturbing email coming from the developers today. While Cerberus assures that no passwords were compromised — they are encrypted, of course — attackers did gain access to some usernames and passwords. If you're using...
Gmail

All Gmail will now use HTTPS, messages will be encrypted when moving inside Google

Initiatives were 'made a top priority after last summer's revelations' Google has steadily improved the overall security of several of its apps and services, and the latest move is moving to HTTPS and encryption across all of Gmail. Starting today, every single time you send or check your Gmail...
SD card: Activate

KitKat and SD cards — what's fixed, what's broken and what's misunderstood

Why your SD card doesn't work the same in Android 4.4 KitKat, and the reasons for the change "Curse you, Google! Your KitKat update broke my SD card!" Poke around the Android section of the Internet and you'll hear something similar. Users like you and me are in an uproar because they updated...
HTC One Accounts

So, you want to adopt BYOD?

What you need to know before integrating employee devices on your network Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is the current hot trend. (And has been for a while, really.) There are many perceived advantages for a company that allows employees to bring their own devices to work and have access to your...
The Boeing Black

Boeing reveals the Boeing Black — a super-secure smartphone for those with super security needs

This phone will self destruct in ten seconds… In this day and age of malicious apps and intrusive government surveillance, you might be wondering how to keep your data secure. You could turn to a solution like the up-and-coming Geeksphone Blackphone, with a modified version of Android and sets...
Android Central

NBC News and the bullshit 'ZOMG Sochi Olympics Android hack' story

Your Android smartphone only installs malware if you're being dumb (or do it on purpose) — not automatically, and not just because you're in Russia. This is just ridiculous, even for American "news" television. A report from NBC News was exposed — and rightfully so — by Errata Security (via...
SkipLock.

Unlock With Wifi app retooled and is now SkipLock

Safety meets convenience with a set of great features  You may have heard us talk about an app called Unlock With Wifi a time or two. It's an app that tells your lock screen when to become secured with a password or PIN, based on what Wifi AP you're connected to. It's one of those apps that you...
Android Central

Android Device Manager app launches on Google Play

Like the web interface, the new app lets you remotely track and lock down your other Android devices Google has launched a new Android app allowing users of the Android Device Manager feature to remotely track, ring, lock down or wipe their other devices. Not to be confused with the Google Play...
TextSecure

CyanogenMod to integrate WhisperPush secure messaging

Encrypted SMS between any devices running CM or the TextSecure service hitting CyanogenMod builds soon TextSecure is a service for Android and iOS that offers complete encryption and secure messaging between devices using it, and by all accounts it's a great service for those that need it....
Aviate

Aviate isn't 'spying' on anyone, it's just being sloppy with your data

Storing your location and installed apps in plain text is at issue here, not collecting that data in the first place A lot of fuss is being made about the Aviate launcher the past couple days, with things hitting a fever pitch today. Besides the endless requests for invite codes on every social...
Samsung Knox

Bell launches Samsung Knox service in Canada

After what looks like a rocky start, Samsung's Knox enterprise security service is going live in Canada by way of Bell Mobility. Right now Knox is limited to the Galaxy Note 3, but will be coming to the Galaxy S4 after a software update next month. For those unfamiliar, Knox lets users bring in...
Hangouts

Some Hangouts messages reportedly being sent to wrong recipients [Update: fixed]

Update: Google says the issue has now been resolved. Original story: Google Talk — the service behind the company's Hangouts messaging platform — appears to be experiencing a fairly major issue this morning, as some users report messages being delivered to unintended recipients. Reports from...
Google Voice

Google Voice is improving voicemail security starting Oct. 1

Now more difficult to access voicemail from a new number; new 10 digit PIN option Folks who happen to check their Google Voice inboxes on the web today will be greeted with a handy tip that Google is improving voicemail box security in a couple of weeks. Starting on October 1st, Google Voice...
Android Wifi backup option

Android's Wifi backup feature is neither new, unique nor dangerous

If you let Google back up your Wifi passwords, then Google has your Wifi passwords The Internet has worked itself up into a bit of a tizzy over the weekend about an innocuous system-level feature that’s been around since Android 2.2 Froyo. The “Back up my data” option —  found under “Settings...
Bluetooth Trused Devices

Trusted Bluetooth devices: A must-have for every smartphone going forward

Securing your phone's lockscreen has never been so painless Smartphone manufacturers are paying more and more attention to how you unlock your device — and as such, so are we. That brings us to another installment of "What do I miss?" when moving from one smartphone to another. Previously we...
Samsung Knox

Samsung to include Lookout on future devices for increased enterprise security [update]

Another layer of security aimed at the enterprise could help BYOD efforts Update: Naturally, as soon as the rumors are swirling, Lookout has just announced on its official blog that it has struck a deal with Samsung to be included in its KNOX security system on future devices. This partnership...
Samsung Nexus 10

Android 4.3 JWR66Y rolling out to Nexus 10, too

Google's big tablet gets the same update Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus users started receiving yesterday Not to be left out of the OTA update party, the Nexus 10 is also receiving the small incremental Android 4.3 update that was tipped by T-Mobile for the Nexus 4 and later confirmed for the Galaxy...

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