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Samsung lock screen bypassed entirely with clever, meticulous trickery

Another Samsung lock screen security issue has come to light today, potentially allowing someone with physical access to a Jelly Bean-based Samsung phone to bypass a pattern or PIN lock. Brought to light by blogger Terrence Eden -- who you may remember from his earlier Note 2 exploits -- this one'...
Galaxy Note 2 lock screen

Minor Galaxy Note 2 security loophole could lead to momentary lock screen bypass

As Samsung security vulnerabilities go, this one's relatively minor. Nevertheless, if you're using lock screen security on the Galaxy Note 2, this latest loophole is something you should be aware of. Blogger Terence Eden has discovered a way to briefly bypass lock screen security on Samsung's 5.5-...
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HTC settles with FTC over insecure implementation of Carrier IQ, HTC Logger

HTC America has settled with the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) over concerns that the company put millions of customer's personal information at risk with insecure implementations of software on its devices. The FTC found that HTC did not take a reasonable amount of care in implementing best...
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Fixmo SafeWatch will keep your personal data safe, and you're invited to try out the free beta

Fixmo is a name we usually associate with enterprise mobile risk management solutions or government agency IT (they also make some great BlackBerry apps), but that also have a pretty comprehensive Android application in the works. Their upcoming SmartWatch app is designed to help folks like you...
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Android malware scanners -- should you use one?

Recently we've seen AVG, an Android "security" app marking other applications as malware when they aren't. That's called a false positive, and it's a fairly common occurrence. When it happens to a popular app, it always causes confusion and gets everybody unnecessarily stressed out. This time it...
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Sprint pushing out security fix update to Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Sprint Galaxy Note 2 owners should be looking for an update notification sometime soon, as the carrier has begun to push out a security fix update which bumps the device to version L900VPAMA7. While not particularly exciting, security fixes are important so you'll be wanting to grab it as soon as...
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Motorola Solutions launches Android-based AME 2000 with secure wireless communications

Motorola Solutions -- that's the other Motorola that wasn't bought by Google -- has announced the launch of AME 2000, a secure platform including an Android handset, aimed at federal agencies. Using Moto's Assured Mobile Environment tech, AME 2000 combines an off-the-shelf smartphone with...
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Sony launches 'My Xperia' phone security service

Many phone manufacturers -- and some third party apps -- offer a way to track down and secure a lost or stolen handset, and today Sony's bringing this kind of service to some of its Xperia smartphones. The company has announced the pilot launch of "My Xperia," which Sony fans might remember from a...
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Samsung 'conducting an internal review' on Exynos kernel vulnerability

There was potentially worrying news for Samsung phone owners this weekend, as a serious kernel security vulnerability was identified in Android devices running Exynos 4210 and 4412 chips. The list of affected devices includes some of the most popular Samsung phones, like the international Galaxy...
CipherPost Pro

AppRiver's CipherPost Pro offers users secure, encrypted email

Great, enterprise-grade encrypted e-mail is not a small thing to accomplish. In nearly every case, you're looking at special hardware, software and management to keep everyone's private email... well, private.  AppRiver is hoping to get around that by offering its own over-the-top secure encrypted...
Nexus 10

How-To unlock the Nexus 10 bootloader

One of the reasons you buy a Nexus device is easy, complete access to the device hardware. The stock software is great, but we all know sometimes its fun to tinker around with your own creations. Nexus devices have locked bootloaders out of the box (and that's a good thing), but unlocking them is...
SMS

New malware could allow SMS phishing, sideloaders beware

Researchers at NC State University have discovered a new bug in current versions of Android that would allow malware to spoof the sender of an SMS message. The exploit works on Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Jelly Bean, Google has been made aware of the issue and will be releasing a security...
Verify apps

Android 4.2 brings new security features to scan sideloaded apps

Talking about malware on a mobile platform is a tough thing to do right. Some of what you hear is real, and needs addressed responsibly, but so much of it is just FUD from folks trying to sell you something or get you to change your choice of device. We try to do the former, without downplaying...
Droid RAZR HD and MAXX HD

Droid RAZR HD and MAXX HD receiving small security patch OTA

It looks like the Droid RAZR HD and MAXX HD are receiving an extremely small OTA update -- about 6MB -- according to Verizon support documentation. There's just one bullet point to this update, "Updated Google Security Patch has been added.", which is pretty obscure. Rooted users beware, this may...
Huawei

White House probe finds no evidence of Huawei spying for China, but 'poor security practices' are a concern

A couple weeks back, a U.S. Congressional report suggested that Huawei, because of influence from the Chinese government, posed a potential espionage risk. The panel strongly encouraged companies to find another vendor for their networking equipment, and that using Huawei's gear put customer data...
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Affordable Android-powered MG device targets young gamers

A Wi-Fi-only Android device called the MG was announced for pre-order today. Apparently MG stands for More Game, or My Generation, or something. It isn't made by anybody you've heard of, but they're hoping the low pricetag, preloaded games, parental controls, and included $10 credit towards Google...
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Lookout for Android gets a redesign and dialer threat protection

As mobile devices become smarter and more prolific, mobile security threats are continuing to diversify. And with more and more of us becoming more security conscious these days, mobile security apps like Lookout are becoming increasingly popular.  The latest update to the popular security app,...
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ZTE says its equipment is safe, poses no threat to U.S. national security

We reported yesterday on a U.S. Congressional report suggesting that ZTE and Huawei should be blocked from operating within the U.S. for national security reasons. The report singled out both companies with allegations of corruption, bribery and possible influence by the Chinese government. Hot...
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Lockitron announces new NFC, Bluetooth, and SMS-friendly door unlocker

Lockitron has recently announced their latest and greatest smart deadbolt access system, complete with remote door unlocking, per-user access control, access via SMS or NFC, and a knock sensor. There's a dedicated Android app to handle everything, while the door unit itself connects over your home...
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Stop clicking random short URL links

I've been ranting about this all week, so I'm taking a few minutes to blog about it here. Hopefully it does a little bit of good. By now, everyone knows that OMG clicking a link can maybe reset your Samsung phone and erase all your data!!!11!! Unfortunately, it's true for a good many phones out...

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