Android Security

Blackphone secure Android smartphone teased ahead of MWC unveil

The fact a smartphone is going to be announced next month during Mobile World Congress comes with little in terms of surprise, however diving a bit further into one of these upcoming announcements and we are seeing something of an interesting phone. The handset is called Blackphone and will be unveiled by two companies we have seen mentioned before, Silent Circle and Geeksphone.

Banking apps may not be secure, report shows 9 out of 10 ‘leak info’

You’d think the app available from your bank would be secure. Though some prefer to use third party financial apps like Mint, the app on offer from your financial institution is believed to be the more secure option. According to a new study, that’s not the case. About 90% of all banking apps were found to be compromised, possibly allowing hackers access to your accounts and information.

MyPermissions gets an update, brings cross platform information protection

We’ve all done it — bypassed the alert page, telling us what permissions an app or webpage seeks. We are in such a fervor to get to our content that we ignore the warning signs. Then, from time to time, we wonder when we sent that tweet about saving money, or that Facebook post about our “favorite new app!” Pretty content in knowing we didn’t actually do that, the wheels start turning.

Android security benefits from culture of openness

The fact that Android, at the end of the development process, is an open source product might be lost on end users, but that open nature does have benefits that trickle down even to those that don't make use of custom ROMs based on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). In particular, this culture of openness, sharing, and cooperation has hardened and continues to improve the Android platform's security.

Android included in Google’s Patch Reward Program

Google is asking the open source community to help with security. While we’re used to seeing the search Giant pay for exploits, we haven’t seen them ask for help in securing the platform yet. Chrome exploits are pretty commonly reported on, but Android? Not so much.
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