Mobile Security

Lookout Theft Alerts looks out for suspicious behavior

Mobile security firm Lookout is offering a new feature that brings it up to par with many security apps and services now on Android. Using a combination of mobile technologies and snooping, Theft Alerts can help you locate your stolen device or, in the worst case scenario, remotely secure and wipe out your data.

1Password 4 for Android coming June 10

Having been in use on iOS and OS X for quite some time, 1Password 4 is coming to Android. Involved in a beta program since late last year, the team at Agile Bits are preparing to let the app loose. In true Android fashion, they’re also making it ‘freemium’, so you can give it a shot before making a full investment.

BitDefender Mobile Security adds App Locking feature

BitDefender, a brand easily associated with anti-virus and security software, has updated their Mobile Security Android app with an important new feature. With the new App Lock function, users will be able to keep prying eyes and fingers away from certain apps and sensitive data.

Koler.A ransomware blackmails you for bad judgment

Proving again that mobile security is also only as good as your own vigilance, a new type of Android malware has been unearthed. The Trojan Koler.A holds your smartphone hostage, rendering it practically unusable, until you pay a not insignificant amount of $300.

Google updates Android security, app scanning

Google has announced an update to their app security protocol for Android, which will now continuously scan your devices for nefarious app activity. Prior to the update, Android verified the security of an app on install, but this update will keep scanning your device for any strange activity. It’s a measure to thwart malware and other odd app behavior.

Heartbleed only an issue for Android 4.1.1

There has been plenty of talk regarding "Heartbleed" lately. For those who may have somehow missed that story, the simple version is that Heartbleed is a flaw in OpenSSL. But while that is simple to say, this is causing issues for quite a few people. On the flip side, we do have a bit of good news for Android users.

Next Android version may have enterprise security in mind

One truth remains a hurdle for Android: it’s just not a great platform for enterprise. From a consumer perspective, Android is plenty secure. For enterprise, it needs help. With the next “major” version of Android (an “L” release), it seems those entities wanting a mobile platform they can better manage will be coming.

Snoopy drone can be used to spy on mobile users

If you thought drones, especially those that can be used to deliver your packages, were cool, you might want to think again when you learn about their other potential uses. A couple of folks at the Black Hat Asia conference in Singapore are set to demonstrate how they can steal user login credentials and more using a drone named Snoopy.
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