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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...
Nexus phones

Android 4.3 JWR66Y security update landing on some Nexus phones

It looks like that T-Mobile U.S. update advisory was right on the money. A few hours after T-Mo updated its support site with word of a security update for the Nexus 4, we're seeing signs that an update to build JWR66Y (from the earlier JWR66V) is pushing out to the Nexus 4 and (GSM) Galaxy Nexus...
Android license

Editorial: The only secure option is the one that lets us read the code

Unless you can see what it's doing, you have to trust that the software running on your mobile device is for your eyes only We're going to spend a bit of time talking security on Talk Mobile 2013 this week. A lot of the discussion is going to be about what you share online, with or without your...
MicroSIM card

The 'new' SIM card exploit probably doesn't concern you

Cracked encryption allows hackers to potentially clone your SIM, priovided you're still using an out-dated encryption protocol. Over the weekend some news broke about an exploit that affects millions of phone users. Apparently, the encryption used has a flaw that allows a hacker to clone the...
OMG GUISE PRISM

NSA contributes to Android, but there is no secret backdoor

All Android code is available for public review, and plenty of people are reviewing it It came to light today (though it was never a secret) that the NSA (the National Security Agency), a U.S. intelligence service that's been in the news as of late for things nobody likes, is contributing code...
CM logo

CyanogenMod 10.1.1 released, patches several known security exploits

Heads up everyone using CyanogenMod on their Android device -- there's a security release coming your way. The 10.1.1 release patches several high-profile security issues (including the Master Key exploit) and it is highly recommended that all users install the update when available for their...
Bugdroids

Google confirms fix for 'master key' vulnerability released to OEMs

No evidence that exploit has actually been used, Google spokeswoman tells ZDNet Last week it emerged that a security vulnerability affecting all current versions of Android could allow applications to be maliciously altered without affecting their cryptographic signatures. You might've heard it...
My Xperia

Sony 'My Xperia' service rolling out worldwide

Sony mobile security service going global 'over the next few weeks' Following a limited beta rollout in Nordic countries earlier in the year, Sony's "My Xperia" security service for smartphones has begun rolling out globally. After listening to user feedback, Sony has finalized the service, and...
Security

Making sense of the latest Android 'Master Key' security scare

No spin, no bullshit, just clear simple talk about what's going on this time Some real talk about this exploit that the Bluebox security team discovered is needed. The first thing to know is that you’re probably affected. It’s an exploit that works on every device that’s not been patched since...
U.S. Cellular

US Cellular and NQ Mobile strike deal to provide security apps to customers

Two branded security apps to help keep customer's smart phone data safe In an effort to offer better comprehensive security to its customers, U.S. Cellular announced today that it will partner with NQ Mobile to provide security apps to its 5.2 million customers. The partnership expands on a...
Google Play password

Password protect your Google Play app to prevent unwanted purchases

Money doesn't grow on trees. Take a few steps to password protect your Google Play purchases. When it comes to things that cost real money, people tend to become a little more cautious. Nobody wants their child or kid brother accidentally buying a bunch of apps or in-app purchases from Google...
McAfee

McAfee introduces 'Security Innovations' app to reduce device loss and theft

Building on its history of making security applications that cover a broad range of use cases and features, McAfee released a new app called "McAfee Security Innovations" that aims specifically to help users not lose or have their device stolen. The app does so by working with the fact that users...
Larry Page

Google on the NSA 'PRISM' to-do: 'What the ...?'

Larry Page, chief legal officer Drummond pen post in response to recent reports of government snooping Google's chief executive this afternoon weighed in on the reports from The Guardian and The Washington Post that have created a bit of a firestorm over personal liberty versus anti-terrorism...
Samsung Galaxy S4

LoJack launches phone recovery service, Galaxy S4 first supported device

Embedded system increases the chances that devices will be recovered after theft Absolute Software, the makers of the LoJack theft recovery service, announced today that through a partnership with Samsung it will be offering its services to all Galaxy S4 handsets. The service, which was...

Huawei CEO speaks to press for the first time, denies espionage claims

Ren Zhengfei spoke to reporters for the first time since founding Huawei in 1988 Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei denied allegations that its products represent a threat to U.S. national security. Speaking directly with the press for the first time today, Ren also denied any illicit ties to the Chinese...

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