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Lookout -- a full security solution for your Android phone

  Here at Android Central, we don't just report the Android news and review the new gear. We actually use Android phones, so we're always searching for apps and tools that make our own phones work better for us. Lately, it seems like security issues (or overblown non-issues) are crawling out of the...

Popular wallpaper apps deemed safe, Google says

The developer of a series of Android wallpaper apps whose work was called into question last week over security concerns has been cleared by Google and is back in the Android Market.We're only a week removed from the Android security saga that began at the Black Hat conference, and it looks like we...

Security firm details privacy concerns; developer tells us its side of the story

Let's recap: Late Wednesday night (or early Thursday morning), we reported on a story published at Mobile Beat that came out of the Black Hat online security conference. At the conference, Kevin MaHaffey, CTO at mobile security firm Lookout, told of an app from developer "jackeey,wallpaper," which...

Another rogue app stealing data, security firm reports [updated]

Update 2: We've heard back from the developer of these apps, who tells us the following: "What the ceo [sic] of Lookout said  makes no sense. I will email you with details later." We await the details. In the meantime, be aware that the developer listed on the suspect wallpaper apps has been...

Sideload Android apps all you want with the Sideload Wonder Machine

When it comes to installing Android applications, there are two ways of going about it. The most popular, of course, is directly through the Android Market. And that's how most of us do it. But from time to time we need to be able to sideload apps. Maybe you purchased it directly from a developer...
1Password app now available in Market

1Password app now available in Market

You Mac users out there (yes, we know there are a few of you) likely are familiar with 1Password, the uber-password management software. (For the uninitiated, 1Password securely stores your passwords. Learn more here.) Finally (finally!) it's come to Android (Version 2.1 and up). You're going to...

Inside the Great Bookmark Thumbnail Scare of June 17, 2010 (aka Relax!)

Everyone should be concerned with their security -- especially when we're dealing with devices that can get lost, stolen or left in bars by accident.  A piece at BGR calls into question bookmark thumbnails that aren't deleted on hard-reset on the HTC Droid Incredible.  But the question is "Why?"In...

Android Quick App: Norton Smartphone Security

The hot app of the year appears to be one that will lock and/or wipe your phone. And as such, Norton -- the longtime virus-cleaner (among other things) -- has the Norton Security app in beta in the Android Market. We're not anywhere close to declaring that we need to worry about spyware, malware...

Rooting - is it for me? Some Q&A

Ed. Note: The story originally was published on Feb. 14, 2010. We've updated it with new information and present it again for those of you new to Android.Each day more and more Android handsets are being sold, and that means users are faced with a major decision: To root, or not to root. Some of us...

Froyo Feature: New security lock options

For those of you who worry about locking down your phone -- just in case it gets lost or stolen or your wife likes to check up on your calling and browsing habits -- you now have a couple of new options in Android 2.2 Froyo. The old pattern unlock is still there, and works as before. But new are...

Get WaveSecure for 20 percent off!

If you missed out on one of the 30 copies of WaveSecure we gave away, we're not done yet. For one month, you can get WaveSecure at a 20 percent discount if you use the promo code WS-ACENTRAL. That's 20 percent off what you'd pay for the peace of mind to know that you can locate your phone if it's...

We're giving away 30 free 1-year subscriptions to WaveSecure [contest]

There have been a few stories in the news of late of a certain tech company losing a certain phone in a bar. If only they'd had WaveSecure. With it, you can back up, lock, locate or wipe your Android phone from any computer, anywhere, at any time. Phone stolen? Not a problem. WaveSecure locks it...

Android, security, and you

One of the biggest misconceptions users migrating to the Android platform have is that theywill be sacrificing security compared to their previous flavor of smartphone OS.  This couldn't be farther from the truth.  Settle in with your favorite beverage, and follow along after the break and we'll...

Take Android screenshots without root

Hey everyone.  Here's a quick tip that often gets overlooked amidst the madness. Since everyone loves to show off their Android homescreen setup, Let's talk about how to do it if you're not rooted and not running a home replacement. This works for all devices regardless of any home customizations...

Just Browsing - Applications outside the Android Market

Hey everybody! Jerry here again for our weekly get-together. I hope everyone survived another crazy week of things like data outages and Eris leaks. And Droid users, don't fret – your time is coming soon, I'll bet. This week let's talk about apps! Everyone loves apps, and they're one of the...

SDKs, drivers and roots - Oh, my!

Hey, all. Introducing a new feature to our AndroidCentral readers. It's a little space where we can discuss and feature the weeks best in the Android modding and hacking community, in terms that even those new to Android can understand.This won't be device or carrier specific, so think of it as a...

WaveSecure, free through January, backs up data, tracks, wipes phone

Dunno about you, but that story the other day about a man's Motorola Droid being stolen out of his house (while he was in it, no less) left me more than a little paranoid. How would I wipe my phone should it be stolen? Then came word from Lifehacker today that WaveSecure Beta (one of the Android...

Backup app helps catch Droid thief

You knew this was going to end badly. Kid breaks into home. Kid steals Motorola Droid. Kid takes pictures of himself with the Droid. Droid uploads pictures. Kid caught. It's a cautionary tale.Actually, it was a pretty scary situation for the homeowner, who got some of his stuff back thanks to the...

Security flaw found on Motorola Droid

The bad news: There's a flaw in the Motorola Droid 2.0.1 software that can potentially allow someone access to your data even if you have a lock pattern set.It seems that if your phone receives a call -- you can answer the phone without unlocking -- and hit the "back" button, suddenly you're in. No...

SMS Flaw Fixed in Previous Android Update

 There was a big fuss over the weekend over a huge Android SMS flaw that could leave our phones running our favorite operating system inoperable. To quote the security experts who found it:"The bug is similar to the second iPhone bug in the way that it kills the telephony process (com.android.phone...

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