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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...
Using strong passwords and keeping your online self secure

Using strong passwords and keeping your online self secure

Earlier today, eBay issued a press release letting users know that a cyberattack "compromised a database containing encrypted passwords and other non-financial data." Users will be asked to change their passwords just in case, though they noted that eBay "has seen no indication of increased...
Unknown sources

Five tips for avoiding viruses and malware on your Android

Keeping infected apps off your Android requires common sense more than anything It's not exactly a secret that Android's pretty open, and that it's possible for bad people to do bad things with apps. That's possible with any computer system, of course. And like any other computer system, Android...
Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung hoping to bring biometric security to lower-end devices

The critical response to the Galaxy S5's fingerprint-scanning features may have been muted, but Samsung seems undeterred in its efforts to spread biometric security capabilities across its mobile device lineup. According to The Wall Street Journal, Samsung SVP Rhee In-jong told investors and...
Security Phone

First smartphone 'kill switch' bill in the US passed by… Minnesota

The Governor of Minnesota signed a new bill into law that prohibits the sale of any smartphone without anti-theft software pre-installed. The idea is to deter criminals from stealing handsets in the first place by allowing users to remotely disable and wipe a phone's data, rendering it useless....
Samsung Knox

UK government signs off on Knox usage for work

UK public sector workers can now use their Samsung Knox enabled devices at work. The UK government published an End User Devices (EUD) Security Guidance in which it recommends the usage of certain Android smartphones and tablets that have the enterprise security service enabled. The devices...
Bitly

Bitly alerts users of widespread account compromises, claims no accounts have been accessed

If you've ever created an account for the url shortening service Bitly before, you'll want to listen up. Bitly has now announced via their blog that they have reason to believe that Bitly account credentials have been compromised and our suggesting users change their API keys and OAuth tokens...
Samsung Galaxy S5 KNOX 2.0

Samsung secures Galaxy S5 with KNOX 2.0 for enterprise customers

Samsung has announced that its KNOX 2.0 security suite is finally available globally for the flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone. The company also announced that through future software updates, KNOX 2.0 will be brought over to other Galaxy devices as well, which will be good news for IT administrators...
Brin and Schmidt worked with the NSA to help secure Google's products

Brin and Schmidt worked with the NSA to help secure Google's products

The NSA has found itself in the news again, this time delving into how close their relationship has been with the heads of Google. That sounds frightening at first, until we dig deeper in to find that the NSA's high level communication with Google executives Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt was...
Chadder app icon

John McAfee's Chadder aims to keep your crazy messages private

John McAfee and his new company, Future Tense Private Systems (FTC), have released an encrypted chat messaging app for mobile users. The app is named 'Chadder' and it is now available on Android and Windows Phone, with an iOS version due in the coming weeks. The app is meant to address the...
Google fixes Heartbleed

Google updates back-end in light of Heartbleed vulnerability

If you've been online at some point in the last 36 hours, chances are you've heard of 'Heartbleed', a flaw in OpenSSL that has exposed data to theft on approximately 2/3 of servers in use around the globe over the past two years. It's not known how bad the damage may be, but the revelation of the...
Cerebus

Cerberus servers have a data leak, users advised to change password

Users of the popular phone security app Cerberus are reporting a slightly disturbing email coming from the developers today. While Cerberus assures that no passwords were compromised — they are encrypted, of course — attackers did gain access to some usernames and passwords. If you're using...
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...

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