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Gmail

All Gmail will now use HTTPS, messages will be encrypted when moving inside Google

Initiatives were 'made a top priority after last summer's revelations' Google has steadily improved the overall security of several of its apps and services, and the latest move is moving to HTTPS and encryption across all of Gmail. Starting today, every single time you send or check your Gmail...
SD card: Activate

KitKat and SD cards — what's fixed, what's broken and what's misunderstood

Why your SD card doesn't work the same in Android 4.4 KitKat, and the reasons for the change "Curse you, Google! Your KitKat update broke my SD card!" Poke around the Android section of the Internet and you'll hear something similar. Users like you and me are in an uproar because they updated...
HTC One Accounts

So, you want to adopt BYOD?

What you need to know before integrating employee devices on your network Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is the current hot trend. (And has been for a while, really.) There are many perceived advantages for a company that allows employees to bring their own devices to work and have access to your...
The Boeing Black

Boeing reveals the Boeing Black — a super-secure smartphone for those with super security needs

This phone will self destruct in ten seconds… In this day and age of malicious apps and intrusive government surveillance, you might be wondering how to keep your data secure. You could turn to a solution like the up-and-coming Geeksphone Blackphone, with a modified version of Android and sets...
Android Central

NBC News and the bullshit 'ZOMG Sochi Olympics Android hack' story

Your Android smartphone only installs malware if you're being dumb (or do it on purpose) — not automatically, and not just because you're in Russia. This is just ridiculous, even for American "news" television. A report from NBC News was exposed — and rightfully so — by Errata Security (via...
SkipLock.

Unlock With Wifi app retooled and is now SkipLock

Safety meets convenience with a set of great features  You may have heard us talk about an app called Unlock With Wifi a time or two. It's an app that tells your lock screen when to become secured with a password or PIN, based on what Wifi AP you're connected to. It's one of those apps that you...
Android Central

Android Device Manager app launches on Google Play

Like the web interface, the new app lets you remotely track and lock down your other Android devices Google has launched a new Android app allowing users of the Android Device Manager feature to remotely track, ring, lock down or wipe their other devices. Not to be confused with the Google Play...
TextSecure

CyanogenMod to integrate WhisperPush secure messaging

Encrypted SMS between any devices running CM or the TextSecure service hitting CyanogenMod builds soon TextSecure is a service for Android and iOS that offers complete encryption and secure messaging between devices using it, and by all accounts it's a great service for those that need it....
Aviate

Aviate isn't 'spying' on anyone, it's just being sloppy with your data

Storing your location and installed apps in plain text is at issue here, not collecting that data in the first place A lot of fuss is being made about the Aviate launcher the past couple days, with things hitting a fever pitch today. Besides the endless requests for invite codes on every social...
Samsung Knox

Bell launches Samsung Knox service in Canada

After what looks like a rocky start, Samsung's Knox enterprise security service is going live in Canada by way of Bell Mobility. Right now Knox is limited to the Galaxy Note 3, but will be coming to the Galaxy S4 after a software update next month. For those unfamiliar, Knox lets users bring in...
Hangouts

Some Hangouts messages reportedly being sent to wrong recipients [Update: fixed]

Update: Google says the issue has now been resolved. Original story: Google Talk — the service behind the company's Hangouts messaging platform — appears to be experiencing a fairly major issue this morning, as some users report messages being delivered to unintended recipients. Reports from...
Google Voice

Google Voice is improving voicemail security starting Oct. 1

Now more difficult to access voicemail from a new number; new 10 digit PIN option Folks who happen to check their Google Voice inboxes on the web today will be greeted with a handy tip that Google is improving voicemail box security in a couple of weeks. Starting on October 1st, Google Voice...
Android Wifi backup option

Android's Wifi backup feature is neither new, unique nor dangerous

If you let Google back up your Wifi passwords, then Google has your Wifi passwords The Internet has worked itself up into a bit of a tizzy over the weekend about an innocuous system-level feature that’s been around since Android 2.2 Froyo. The “Back up my data” option —  found under “Settings...
Bluetooth Trused Devices

Trusted Bluetooth devices: A must-have for every smartphone going forward

Securing your phone's lockscreen has never been so painless Smartphone manufacturers are paying more and more attention to how you unlock your device — and as such, so are we. That brings us to another installment of "What do I miss?" when moving from one smartphone to another. Previously we...
Samsung Knox

Samsung to include Lookout on future devices for increased enterprise security [update]

Another layer of security aimed at the enterprise could help BYOD efforts Update: Naturally, as soon as the rumors are swirling, Lookout has just announced on its official blog that it has struck a deal with Samsung to be included in its KNOX security system on future devices. This partnership...
Samsung Nexus 10

Android 4.3 JWR66Y rolling out to Nexus 10, too

Google's big tablet gets the same update Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus users started receiving yesterday Not to be left out of the OTA update party, the Nexus 10 is also receiving the small incremental Android 4.3 update that was tipped by T-Mobile for the Nexus 4 and later confirmed for the Galaxy...
Nexus phones

Android 4.3 JWR66Y security update landing on some Nexus phones

It looks like that T-Mobile U.S. update advisory was right on the money. A few hours after T-Mo updated its support site with word of a security update for the Nexus 4, we're seeing signs that an update to build JWR66Y (from the earlier JWR66V) is pushing out to the Nexus 4 and (GSM) Galaxy Nexus...
Android license

Editorial: The only secure option is the one that lets us read the code

Unless you can see what it's doing, you have to trust that the software running on your mobile device is for your eyes only We're going to spend a bit of time talking security on Talk Mobile 2013 this week. A lot of the discussion is going to be about what you share online, with or without your...
MicroSIM card

The 'new' SIM card exploit probably doesn't concern you

Cracked encryption allows hackers to potentially clone your SIM, priovided you're still using an out-dated encryption protocol. Over the weekend some news broke about an exploit that affects millions of phone users. Apparently, the encryption used has a flaw that allows a hacker to clone the...
OMG GUISE PRISM

NSA contributes to Android, but there is no secret backdoor

All Android code is available for public review, and plenty of people are reviewing it It came to light today (though it was never a secret) that the NSA (the National Security Agency), a U.S. intelligence service that's been in the news as of late for things nobody likes, is contributing code...

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