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Optimus V

LG Optimus V getting a security update, will likely block rooting

The LG Optimus V has an update waiting for it, you might have received a text message from Virgin about it. The update offers a security fix "that will protect your handset from security vulnerabilities that may occur either through a remote attacker’s access attempt or through a 3rd party...
Seekdroid

Late-night poll: Do you use a security application?

You might have noticed that we're going to talk a little extra about security and privacy this week here at Android Central. It's a discussion worth having. We've asked a few security and/or privacy related questions in polls past, things like lockscreen security (use it), app permissions, and...
Android Central

Adobe Flash Player for Android updated with security fixes

When Adobe said they wouldn't be developing Flash Player for Android to work with any new versions, they also promised to keep the current version up-to-date with critical fixes and security patches. Once again, they show us that they really mean what they say, and there's another update for Flash...
The Inquisition

Editorial: Privacy is paramount, but enough with the inquisitions already

Oy vey! According to a report from Reuters (via Phonescoop), U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., has called for the Federal Trade Commission to investigate "reports that applications on the Apple Inc and Google Inc mobile systems steal private photos and contacts and post them online without...
Spies

NSA builds Android phone for 'Top Secret' communication

The NSA (National Security Agency) has developed an Android phone that meets "Top Secret" criteria using off-the-shelf components. Dubbed the fishbowl phone, 100 units were built and deployed by IAD (Information Assurance Directorate) and division head Margaret Salter says that anyone can recreate...
Gallery is for spiez

Android allows apps to see your photos, like every computer does [FUD]

Let's file this under "anything for a story about Android". The New York Times has decided that Android is also "vulnerable" to apps being able to see your pictures, just like it was designed to do. It all stems from some press recently where iOS had a loophole that allowed apps without...
Android Central

First look at NQ Mobile Security & Antivirus

Youtube link for mobile viewing Not a day goes by in which we don't get an e-mail from you fine folks out there asking about antivirus and security applications, and which one we'd recommend. That's a tough question, because it's tough to judge which one is the best at spotting malware. We caught...
Carrier IQ

Carrier IQ unveils tool operators can use to open up about data collected from your phone

Carrier IQ cares. Or, rather, for Carrier IQ, it's all about care. The much-maligned California analytics company has weathered the Great Privacy Scandal of 2011 and today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona announced a new product for its customers -- the operators -- to give greater...
Android permissions

Android app permissions - How Google gets it right ...

And how we, the users, still need to take responsibility There's been a lot of news lately about a lapse in either security or judgment -- both, really -- at Apple that allows iOS applications to borrow your contact data and send it off to parts unknown without your consent. Apple has addressed...
Google Wallet

Google Wallet pre-paid card exploit fixed

Last week Google disabled the provisioning of pre-paid cards in Google Wallet, following the discovery that clearing app data could allow the PIN for these cards to be reset. Now Google says a fix is rolling out, and that pre-paid cards are available once again. Writing on the official Google...
Google Wallet Prepaid

Google disables prepaid cards in wake of Google Wallet exploit

Google late Friday night disabled the ability to provision new Google Preaid Cards, fallout from the discovery of a flaw in the Google Wallet app. The gist is that if someone were to find your phone, they could reset the Google Wallet PIN and gain access to your Google Prepaid Card. In a separate...
Google Wallet

Google responds to Wallet hack, recommends not installing it on rooted devices

Following the news yesterday that Google Wallet's PIN security has been cracked (for rooted users, on unsecured devices), Google has issued an official statement to clarify a few details, including who's vulnerable, and what users should do to protect themselves.  In a statement given to...
Lockscreen

Late-night poll: Do you use lockscreen security?

Security is important.  We carry a crapload of information in our phones, and with the world of NFC payments slowly becoming a reality, we'll be keeping even more in our pocket and in the cloud.  As we saw earlier today late yesterday, keeping things like PIN codes safe is tough with so many eyes...
Google Wallet

Google Wallet PIN security cracked - here's what you need to know

Google Wallet's PIN security has been cracked, but there's a caveat -- this currently only is an issue if your phone is rooted. Not rooted? No worries. And with that said and done, here's the deal: Your Google Wallet PIN (Personal Identification Number) is stored encrypted on your device, and a...
Android Central

Google Authenticator updates with 'UI improvements', looks the same to us

There's only so much you can do to improve the appearance of an app that's essentially a black screen with a six-digit number on it. But that's exactly what Google's done with the latest version of its Google Authenticator app, which has just been pushed out on the Android Market. The official...
Android Reset

Erase your Android device before getting rid of it [Android 101]

With the news today that Motorola accidentally shipped out 100 refurbished Xoom tablets without properly wiping the previous owners' information, it's worth a reminder of what you need to do when selling, returning or otherwise disposing of an Android device. With any electronic device -- computer...
Android Central

Secure Android phones to be rolled out to U.S. military and government officials

  "Secure" Android smartphones capable of handling classified content are to be given to U.S. officials across various government and military departments later this year, according to reports from CNN. The network's sources indicate that the devices, which run a modified version of Android, will...
Woot Motorola Xoom

Motorola warns that some refurbished Xoom tablets might have old users' info

Ready Cory H just dropped word that he's received an e-mail from Woot.com with some slightly troubling news, but also with a very cool resolution. Cory purchased a refurbished Motorola Xoom tablet from Woot last year. They've been sold off and on for deep discounts, and it's a pretty good deal....
Android Central

HTC addressing Wifi security loophole in some Android handsets

HTC is updating some of its Android phones to address a security vulnerability which could allow malicious apps to steal Wifi security information. In a post on its official support site, the manufacturer says that many of the affected handsets have already been updated over-the-air, however some...
Google Legal

Google responds to Congress about its updated privacy policy

Congress wanted answers regarding Google's updated and consolidated privacy policy that goes into effect March 1, and el Goog has responded with a blog post as well as a 13-page letter to eight U.S. representatives. The long and the short of it is this: Google's not using the updated privacy...

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