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.
The "Snowden Phone", or it's more formal name of Privacy Phone, is just one in the latest series of security and privacy conscious smartphones announced of late. Through a combination of encryption, VPN, and cryptocurrency, FreedomPop's Privacy Phone is advertised as the perfect mobile device for those who mind their mobile footprints, including whistleblowers and perhaps even ne'er do wells.
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.
The Blackphone, a secure Android smartphone was teased a bit back in the middle of January. At the time they were talking about showing something during Mobile World Congress, and naturally, we just had to go and check them out. And to clarify, the Blackphone is coming courtesy of Silent Circle, whom we seen with Android apps to include Silent Phone, Silent Text, and Silent Contacts.
Despite being removed from the Play Store, the story of Flappy Bird doesn't seem to be over just yet. Earlier this morning we learned the game was gone, and about how it will never be coming back. Developer Dong Nguyen mentioned that while speaking with Forbes. It was during that same conversation where he mentioned the subject of clones, even admitting to checking some out.
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.
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.
It is quite an embarrassment if a system that is boasted as the security system above all else turns out to be not as secure as advertised. That could just be the case with Samsung's KNOX security platform if this latest discovery proves to be accurate.
Deutsche Telekom, parent company of T-Mobile, has some interesting plans for the Internet. At a conference on Monday, the company announced that they will launch a secure service for smaller companies who can’t afford the high cost of security. For a low monthly service fee, small companies will gain access to a secure server meant for local Internet traffic. All security will be handled by Deutsche Telekom, leaving little variation for cost to those who subscribe to the service.
Those purchasing an Android handset from AT&T will soon find another pre-installed app. This latest will be the Lookout Mobile Security app, which is already available from the Google Play Store. And similar to the version found in the Play Store, the pre-installed version coming to AT&T handsets will be available in a free and premium option.