Malware on Android, though controversial, isn't exactly a new topic. But seeing a complete development suite that helps others create malware that has managed to evade Google Play Store's security is definitely an alarming development.
An incoming update to Play Services has some big security implications. Currently, Google verifies apps at a few different points, but there is no “always on” feature. With the update, Google will continue to verify your apps continually, in the background. Take that, malware.
In an odd twist of fate, Facebook now wants to protect our data. The social giant, who has had their fair share of information snafus, is now releasing their Java API, which protects information on your SD card. Built for speed, and said to be smaller than other cryptography standards, Conceal might end up the best solution.
Facebook has just made available a new set of cryptographic API for developers on Android. Aptly named Conceal, this Java library will allow app developers to encrypt data, even large ones, on disk in the most resource efficient way.
A set of commits have recently been pushed to the Android Open Source Project that seeks to harden the platform against malicious attacks. But while the intention is definitely good, this new feature could very well spell disaster for the dozens of root apps out there.
According to a new report from Cisco, Android was the target for 99% of all mobile malware last year. Unsurprisingly, Android users also have the highest “encounter rate” with web-delivered malware, at 71%. Our iOS counterparts fall short of those numbers, but there are a few omissions from the report which could explain quite a bit.
Earlier today, Apple signed an agreement to refund over $30 million to parents who's children spent unsupervised in the App Store. The parents were unaware that once the password was entered, kids could shop as they pleased for 15 minutes. Of course, this raises concerns about the Play Store. Can the same thing happen on Android? Yes. Actually, it’s potentially worse.
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.
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.
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.