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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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Google creates Android Security Updates Google Group for more transparency

One of the big takeaways from the recent Black Hat security conference was Google announcing plans to issue monthly security updates, and that it would strive to keep us all better informed. Lead engineer for Android security at Google Adrian Ludwig has announced a big step in the right...
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Google's new Saved Passwords site and Smart Lock for Passwords are now available

Google quietly rolled out a new password service that builds on its existing Chrome sync system. With the announcement of Google Play Services 7.5 during all of the Google I/O fun yesterday, Google quietly slipped in a new password syncing feature that developers can take advantage of. What we...

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Is your phone suffering from Stagefright?

List of phones with Stagefright patches

"Stagefright" is the latest vulnerability to bubble to the surface of Android, and while updates are still coming for millions of phones, some have already been patched. If your phone is not listed below, you can still protect yourself from Stagefright by disabling auto-retrieve for MMS. Google...
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The 'Stagefright' exploit: What you need to know

In July 2015, security company Zimperium announced that it had discovered a "unicorn" of a vulnerability inside the Android operating system. More details were publicly disclosed at the BlackHat conference in early August — but not before headlines declaring that nearly a billion Android devices...
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Google creates Android Security Updates Google Group for more transparency

One of the big takeaways from the recent Black Hat security conference was Google announcing plans to issue monthly security updates, and that it would strive to keep us all better informed. Lead engineer for Android security at Google Adrian Ludwig has announced a big step in the right...
Google will push monthly security updates to Nexus devices

Nexus devices will now receive monthly security updates

Nexus devices will now receive monthly security updates from Google, in addition to their usual platform updates. Starting now with the release of the Stagefright exploit fix, Google will be pushing out security updates, and notifying its partners on a monthly basis. Samsung has also already...
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Latest Android bug can disable audio if you download a malicious file

A new bug has been found that can turn off all audio on your Android device running version 4.3 of the operating system or higher, but requires you to download a malicious file. The bug can be triggered by a malicious app, or a purposefully-malformed MKV file. The bug triggers a buffer overflow...
Use your 'eyeprints' to unlock the Alcatel Idol 3

Use your 'eyeprints' to unlock the Alcatel Idol 3

Using your eyes to unlock your phone works better than you think, and it makes you feel like a secret agent. We've seen face unlock (now known as "Trusted Face") on Android for a while, and various vendors have used fingerprint scanners — some very successfully, some not so much. But the Alcatel...
Google Apps for Work customers can snag a Yubico security key $9

Google Apps for Work customers can snag a Yubico security key for $9

If you're a Google Apps for Work customer and you haven't yet picked up a security key for two-factor authentication on your account, now may be the time to do so. Google has announced that it has teamed up with Yubico to offer a 50 percent discount on security keys for Google Apps for Work...
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Samsung's keyboard had an exploit that you probably don't need to worry about

Another security story misses the point, and your phone isn't likely in any real danger. Update June 19: Samsung's detailed what you can do to make sure you get the fix for the exploit. Update June 18: Samsung tells Android Central that it's preparing a security update that won't have to wait...
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Google offers rewards of up to $8,000 in the newly launched Android security bug hunt

Google is launching a new security program focusing on Android, offering payments of up to $8,000 to those who bring to light vulnerabilities. This isn't the first time the company has launched a similar bug hunter program, paying out $4 million over the last handful of years. The new program is...
How to use Content Lock on the LG G4

How to use Content Lock on the LG G4

With your phone staying unlocked in more places and around more of our gadgets, sometimes a simple PIN isn't quite enough. There are pictures you don't want your kids to get into, and there are some documents that you don't want anyone to get into. While locking and encrypting your phone are...

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