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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 for Android as a whole? 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...
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What is full disk encryption in Android Lollipop?

Keeping your bits and bytes as safe as possible through encryption is a complicated affair. There's a lot of information out there about Android 5.0 Lollipop's "default" full disk encryption (FDE). Some of it is good information, some of it is bad information, and plenty of it is just repeated...
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Android Security — a Q&A with Google's Adrian Ludwig

We've been talking a lot about security on your Android device recently, and as the conversation continued it was clear there were questions that needed to be answered by a person a greater authority. Things like whether you need antivirus software for your phone, identifying malware, and...

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Google, Apple, and Microsoft urge President Obama to throw support behind smartphone encryption

Google, Apple, and Microsoft urge President Obama to throw support behind smartphone encryption

Google and Apple are among the technology companies are asking President Obama to reject proposals that would compromise security on smartphones and other devices. Several technology companies have signed the letter to President Obama, with companies like Facebook and Dropbox joining in with...
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Microsoft's latest slam of Android forgets one little thing ...

From Microsoft's "Windows Update for Business" blog post, lauding all the security features it's put in place for Windows 10: This level of commitment and support is far different than Android, for example, where Google refuses to take responsibility for updating their customers' devices,...
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Google cut Android malware installs by nearly half in 2014

Despite the constant concerns, Google shows just how safe — and safer — Android is in the Android Security State of the Union 2014. The Android Security State of the Union for 2014 provides an in-depth look into the security of the Android platform, analyzing billions of data points that are...
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App installer exploit affects older versions of Android but isn't as scary as it sounds

A scary-sounding exploit and scary-sounding headlines about half of Android devices being probably are more bark than bite. Again. A new(ish) exploit has been published today by the folks at Palo Alto Networks that describes how a bug in the Android package installer could potentially infect...
Smart Lock 'on-body detection' now rolling out to Lollipop devices

Smart Lock 'on-body detection' now rolling out to Lollipop devices

The new motion-based feature for Smart Lock is better than no security at all — but only barely. Google appears to be quietly rolling out a new addition to the Smart Lock feature in Android Lollipop, bringing an extra unlock option that works with motion sensors inside Android devices. "On-body...
Authy snapped up by Twilio for two-factor authentication

Authy snapped up by Twilio for two-factor authentication

Authy, a company that specializes in security through two-factor authentication, has been purchased by cloud communication services company Twilio. The two companies have been working together since 2012, with Authy using Twilio's technology to deliver authentication codes through SMS and phone...
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Gemalto denies 'massive theft' of SIM card encryption keys by NSA and GCHQ [updated]

Update: A new report in The Intercept claims that Gemalto is drastically downplaying the effects of this attack. In the report, several security researchers came to the conclusion that "the company made sweeping, overly-optimistic statements about the security and stability of Gemalto's networks...
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What is full disk encryption in Android Lollipop?

Keeping your bits and bytes as safe as possible through encryption is a complicated affair. There's a lot of information out there about Android 5.0 Lollipop's "default" full disk encryption (FDE). Some of it is good information, some of it is bad information, and plenty of it is just repeated...
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SIM card manufacturer Gemalto says its products are secure following NSA hack

Digital security vendor Gemalto has announced that its products are "secure" following a report last week stating that the NSA and its UK counterpart, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), hacked into the vendor's SIM cards. With a production run of over 2 billion SIM cards a year...
The NSA and GCHQ gave themselves a direct line into your phone

The NSA and GCHQ gave themselves a direct line into your phone

According to new documents leaked by Edward Snowden, the NSA and its UK counterpart, Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), hacked into the computers of Gemalto, a company that manufactures SIM cards for a large number of carriers around the world. In doing so, the intelligence agencies...

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