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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...
Droid Turbo SIM card slot

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...
Lollipop encryption

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...
SIM card

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...
Android Security Settings

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...
Google Security Checkup

Google is giving away 2GB of Drive storage for securing your account

Google is using Safer Internet Day to run a Drive giveaway promotion, which will bag you 2GB of extra storage space in the cloud for free. All you need to do is to provide Google with two minutes of your time to complete a security checkup, essentially making sure your account is both safe and...
Android Antivirus

Five basic steps for protecting your Android device from viruses

Keeping yourself safe requires a simple yet constant set of steps There's a fair bit of fear, uncertainty and doubt out there when it comes to viruses and malware for mobile devices. While it is absolutely true that there are very smart people out there who would do just about anything to...
Adware

Whats the difference between Android malware, spyware, adware and a virus?

These are all very different bad things that we hate equally The terms malware, spyware and virus get thrown around a lot on the Internet. Usually, you'll find they get used interchangeably, and we all just nod in agreement because we understand that we're talking about things we don't want...
Galaxy Note 4 Finger Scanner

How to use the Finger Scanner on the Galaxy Note 4

Increase security and also speed up the login process in a few key apps Though the Finger Scanner wasn't as big of a deal at the launch of the Galaxy Note 4 as it was when it debuted on the Galaxy S5, Samsung kept it around hiding within the home button ready to boost your phone's security. The...
Malware

Help! My Android has malware!

What to do if you think you've got an infected Android phone or tablet We've talked about antivirus apps for Android a little, specifically if you really need to use one at all. It's a good thing to talk about and sort through all the FUD and nonsense about malware on our smartphones and...
Antivirus for Android — do you need it?

Antivirus for Android — do you need it?

Do any of us really need antivirus software on our Android phones and tablets? In a past life I worked basic tech support at both Best Buy's Geek Squad and Staples' Easy Tech programs. I have heard every possible explanation for why a computer might have been infected with something, and...
'BADASS' surveillance program let British, Canadian governments spy on smartphones

'BADASS' surveillance program let British, Canadian governments spy on smartphones

More information about government surveillance has come to light, and this time, it's not about the NSA, but the British and Canadian governments, which apparently used special software filters to acquire sensitive smartphone user data from the servers of a number of advertising and analytics...
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...
Boss Phone is a 7-inch phone that puts security at a premium

Boss Phone is a 7-inch phone that puts security at a premium

The Boss Phone is a new, 7-inch phone that puts an emphasis on security from startup Briggs & Spriggs, Inc. The Boss Phone will launch their Indiegogo campaign tomorrow, January 6, and is part of the crowd funding site's CES 2015 setup. The phone is built on Android 5.0 Lollipop, and Briggs...
Google makes it easier for you to see all the devices connected to your account

Google makes it easier for you to see all the devices connected to your account

After adding functionality to its search client yesterday, Google is rolling out a new security-oriented feature that lets you see all the devices connected to your account. The Devices and Activities tab, which is accessible via your account's security settings, gives an overview of all the...
Pretty blue key to a pretty sweet account

How to add a U2F Security Key to your Google Account

Your Google Account is important. "One login, all of Google" also means one login will not only get you into all of your services and data, it potentially could let someone else in, too. And that's why, as we've told you over and over again, you need to use two-step authentication. That way,...
Google highlights new security features in Android 5.0 Lollipop

Google highlights new security features in Android 5.0 Lollipop

Google has highlighted some of the new security features in Android 5.0 Lollipop. New features given the spotlight by Google include Smart Lock, device encryption, and SELinux. Smart Lock is all about making your phone more secure while still making it quick and easy to open. You can tell your...

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