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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....
Managed apps in the launcher

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...
Blackphone

Blackphone fires back: 'BlackBerry betrayed its customers and jettisoned its credibility'

The folks working on the security-centric Android-powered Blackphone have posted a rebuttal to the criticisms made by BlackBerry recently. The piece focuses primarily on BlackBerry's poor market performance, dwindling stock price, and ultimate reliance on competing platforms. The main selling...
Security for Android

Google's Project Zero aims to make the internet a safer place

Google has announced a new security initiative called Project Zero, with the broad mandate of making the internet a more secure space. Full-time researchers will identify threats through the most widely-used applications, submit bug reports directly to the developers, and announce the changes...
London

UK government set to rush through emergency surveillance legislation

The UK government is looking to reinforce powers of security services to require internet and phone providers to maintain records of customer email and calls. Emergency laws are to be introduced into the Commons next Monday, following private talks and gaining support of both Labour and the...
Google Chrome

Investigation underway after Indian agency issues fake certificates to Google domains

The Indian Controller of Certifying Authorities (India CCA) has launched an investigation into the issue of unauthorized digital certificates to Google by the National Informatics Center Certifying Authority. Such a certificate could have been used to trick a service into thinking that a fake...
Galaxy S5

UK officials follow US counterparts by banning electronics that don't turn on from boarding flights

The UK government's Department of Transport has now joined with the U.S. in requiring that passengers on some international flights coming in and out of the country must show that their electronic devices can be powered up, in an effort to improve security. The new notice from the department...
Adobe Flash

Google, Microsoft and Twitter scramble to fix latest security vulnerability in Flash

Everyone's favorite bug-ridden plug-in is back in the news, this time with a new critical security flaw that can be leveraged to steal user data. A Google engineer named Michele Spagnuolo was able to create a Flash exploit tool engineered to steal cookies and user data using malicious .SWF files...
Blackphone

Blackphone is now shipping to security-conscious consumers

Blackphone is a sturdy smartphone focusing on nothing more than user privacy and security. The Android mobile device focuses on rigorous security and is now shipping to the first wave of purchasers. For those who aren't familiar with the device itself, it's a result of a partnership between...
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...
YO

Not only is Yo stupid, it's now also a security risk

Yo! Remember the hit new app that managed $1 million in funding we covered yesterday, which enables smartphone owners to send "Yo" alerts to contacts? The service has been hacked by a student and two roommates. Yo has confirmed they're investigating the hack and expect to have the security...
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...
1Password 4.0 for Android gets a badly needed sprucing up with a new app

1Password 4.0 for Android gets a badly needed sprucing up with a new app

Premium features free till Aug. 1; app reverts to a reader after that OK, folks. If you've long been suffering the 1Password Reader app on Android, your day has come. There's an all-new 1Password app available today on Google Play, and you're going to want to get this one as soon as possible. (...
Lookout Theft Alerts

Lookout Theft Alerts give you even more information when your phone is stolen

Lookout, one of the well-known names in mobile security, is improving its offering today with what it calls "Theft Alerts." On top of the comprehensive suite of security features it already offers, Theft Alerts makes it even easier to be alerted and track when a phone is stolen. In the...
Lost phone

What to do if you lose your phone

Your Android smartphone is the most personal computer you own. No other device is with you virtually every second of every day, and so over the course of a standard two-year contract you'll be presented with plenty of opportunities to misplace it. Fortunately, over the past few years Android...
Security for Android

Google Apps beefs up enterprise mobility management features for Android

Google's rolled out a set of four new enterprise security features that will make it even easier to secure Android devices on a corporate network, and secure the network itself. The update to the Google Apps Mobile Management tools will enable administrators to remotely and automatically wipe...

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