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Blackphone will ship its privacy-centric phone in three weeks

In three weeks, Blackphone hopes to satisfy privacy concerns

After having been available for preorder since the beginning of the year, the privacy-centric Blackphone will be shipping in three weeks for $629. The device is pitched as an Android smartphone that's designed around security and privacy, both areas of growing concerns with the rise of malicious...
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'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...
Android Device Manager

Using Android Device Manager

Whether it's under the couch or in the hands of the bad guy, Android Device Manager will help you find or erase your missing phone While we hope you'll never need to use it, Android has a great native tool to help locate and remote wipe a lost or stolen phone. It's called Android Device Manager...

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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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Google gives a few details on the enterprise management tools coming in Android L

One of the less sexy but more important announcements at Google I/O last month was that Google is adopting part of Samsung's enterprise (as in corporate) security system into the L release of Android. The short version is that it'll be easier than ever to have your work data on your phone...

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