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First look at NQ Mobile Security & Antivirus

Youtube link for mobile viewing Not a day goes by in which we don't get an e-mail from you fine folks out there asking about antivirus and security applications, and which one we'd recommend. That's a tough question, because it's tough to judge which one is the best at spotting malware. We caught...
Carrier IQ

Carrier IQ unveils tool operators can use to open up about data collected from your phone

Carrier IQ cares. Or, rather, for Carrier IQ, it's all about care. The much-maligned California analytics company has weathered the Great Privacy Scandal of 2011 and today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona announced a new product for its customers -- the operators -- to give greater...
Android permissions

Android app permissions - How Google gets it right ...

And how we, the users, still need to take responsibility There's been a lot of news lately about a lapse in either security or judgment -- both, really -- at Apple that allows iOS applications to borrow your contact data and send it off to parts unknown without your consent. Apple has addressed...
Google Wallet

Google Wallet pre-paid card exploit fixed

Last week Google disabled the provisioning of pre-paid cards in Google Wallet, following the discovery that clearing app data could allow the PIN for these cards to be reset. Now Google says a fix is rolling out, and that pre-paid cards are available once again. Writing on the official Google...
Google Wallet Prepaid

Google disables prepaid cards in wake of Google Wallet exploit

Google late Friday night disabled the ability to provision new Google Preaid Cards, fallout from the discovery of a flaw in the Google Wallet app. The gist is that if someone were to find your phone, they could reset the Google Wallet PIN and gain access to your Google Prepaid Card. In a separate...
Google Wallet

Google responds to Wallet hack, recommends not installing it on rooted devices

Following the news yesterday that Google Wallet's PIN security has been cracked (for rooted users, on unsecured devices), Google has issued an official statement to clarify a few details, including who's vulnerable, and what users should do to protect themselves.  In a statement given to...
Lockscreen

Late-night poll: Do you use lockscreen security?

Security is important.  We carry a crapload of information in our phones, and with the world of NFC payments slowly becoming a reality, we'll be keeping even more in our pocket and in the cloud.  As we saw earlier today late yesterday, keeping things like PIN codes safe is tough with so many eyes...
Google Wallet

Google Wallet PIN security cracked - here's what you need to know

Google Wallet's PIN security has been cracked, but there's a caveat -- this currently only is an issue if your phone is rooted. Not rooted? No worries. And with that said and done, here's the deal: Your Google Wallet PIN (Personal Identification Number) is stored encrypted on your device, and a...
Android Central

Google Authenticator updates with 'UI improvements', looks the same to us

There's only so much you can do to improve the appearance of an app that's essentially a black screen with a six-digit number on it. But that's exactly what Google's done with the latest version of its Google Authenticator app, which has just been pushed out on the Android Market. The official...
Android Reset

Erase your Android device before getting rid of it [Android 101]

With the news today that Motorola accidentally shipped out 100 refurbished Xoom tablets without properly wiping the previous owners' information, it's worth a reminder of what you need to do when selling, returning or otherwise disposing of an Android device. With any electronic device -- computer...
Android Central

Secure Android phones to be rolled out to U.S. military and government officials

  "Secure" Android smartphones capable of handling classified content are to be given to U.S. officials across various government and military departments later this year, according to reports from CNN. The network's sources indicate that the devices, which run a modified version of Android, will...
Woot Motorola Xoom

Motorola warns that some refurbished Xoom tablets might have old users' info

Ready Cory H just dropped word that he's received an e-mail from Woot.com with some slightly troubling news, but also with a very cool resolution. Cory purchased a refurbished Motorola Xoom tablet from Woot last year. They've been sold off and on for deep discounts, and it's a pretty good deal....
Android Central

HTC addressing Wifi security loophole in some Android handsets

HTC is updating some of its Android phones to address a security vulnerability which could allow malicious apps to steal Wifi security information. In a post on its official support site, the manufacturer says that many of the affected handsets have already been updated over-the-air, however some...
Google Legal

Google responds to Congress about its updated privacy policy

Congress wanted answers regarding Google's updated and consolidated privacy policy that goes into effect March 1, and el Goog has responded with a blog post as well as a 13-page letter to eight U.S. representatives. The long and the short of it is this: Google's not using the updated privacy...
Android Central

Google Authenticator updated, CyanogenMod 7.1 users beware

For those of you using two-step authentication for your Google account, a new update for the Google Authenticator app has just landed in the Android Market. Version 0.85 apparently fixes a few security bugs, and adds some UI improvements -- though we have to say, the app looks exactly the same to...
Android Central

O2 UK network security blunder exposes customers' phone numbers to websites

Update: O2 says that as of 1400 GMT today it has fixed, the problem, and that "technical changes" as part of "routine maintenance" were to blame for the issue, which affected customers from Jan. 10 until today. The network's full statement is available on its official blog. Original story: If you'...
Sprint Carrier IQ

HTC confirms it's pulling Carrier IQ from Sprint ROMs in future updates

When Sprint first told Android Central that it has ceased using the Carrier IQ analytics software on its Android smartphones, throwing a switch on the server side while leaving the app itself dormant, we kind of figured that would be that. Sure, future smartphones likely wouldn't have the maligned...
Zappos

Zappos' security breached, time to change your password

You may or may not be aware of the fact but if you're a Zappos customer, they've had rough few days. They're currently sending out an email (full verison is past the break) to all customers to provide information on the matter but the long and short of it all is they've had a security breach:...
Android Central

Hands-on with Cobra JoyRide and Tag apps

Youtube link for mobile viewing Vehicle security manufacturer Cobra brought along its Android fare to CES, and we took the JoyRide and Tag systems for a quick spin here at the Las Vegas Convention Center. JoyRide is a slick little car-dock app that pairs with a 12-volt charger. At its heart,...
Android Central

Samsung Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab 10.1 receive FIPS security certification

In the business sector, security has always been a concern but even more so now as businesses are allowing their employees to bring their own devices to work. Samsung who previously announced the Samsung Galaxy Note and Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 as being SAFE compatible, now have the pleasure of...

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