security

Coolpad has a backdoor in Android devices, says Palo Alto Networks

Palo Alto Networks has got some not so good news for us: Coolpad has been found to have a backdoor in millions of Android devices sold by the company. The China-based smartphone manufacturer has what they call the CoolReaper, a backdoor that exposes device users to potential malicious activities. According to the the security firm, it appears that Coolpad installed the backdoor and is currently maintaing it despite the customer's objections.

Train to be a “security expert” with new Cryptoy app

If you're the type of person that is fascinated by spies, covert operations, coded messages and the likes, you might want to consider going into the cybersecurity or even just security industry. And to train yourself for such a career, maybe you'd need an app for that. Cryptoy is one such app, teaching you the ways of encryption and decoding secret messages.

Cerberus 3.0 anti theft app updated with Material Design

Android users wanting an app to help them protect their device from theft have a newly updated option called Cerberus 3.0. Cerberus has been around for a while and is an app that helps you find your lost or stolen Android device. The app is available as a free trial for a week.

Smartphone theft on the rise but isn’t totally hopeless

Consumer Reports' 2013 survey revealed a situation that many of those observing the mobile industry might already be well aware of. Cases of smartphone theft in the US alone has grown exponentially. To be precise, 3.1 million Americans have been forcibly removed from their smartphones, double the number in 2012. And even without the element of theft, there is still a staggering amount of smartphones that have been lost and remain lost, at least to their owners. This despite increasing awareness and technology about smartphone theft.

Google replaces Captcha with “No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA”

There is no more Captcha, it's now just "No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA". Wait, is that as confusing as typing in a captcha garbled letter/number combination? Well, Google simplified it for us, just like they're trying to make protection from bots and scripts simpler but no less secure.

New Bluetooth 4.2 standard pushes for security and speed

Even with the advent of NFC technology, Bluetooth remains the go to wireless solution for quick and shorter range connectivity. And now that the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has ratified version 4.2 of the standard, it is poised to become prevalent even more, especially in the so called Internet of Things era. While Bluetooth 4.0 was most famous for bringing Low Energy to the table, 4.2 will perhaps be known for addressing privacy and security issues and answering the need for speed.

Google’s new security tools to track and protect online life

With most of us spending our lives online and a lot of that spent on Google-related sites like Gmail, YouTube, etc, it's only right that the tech company should be concerned about security and protecting your online life. That is why they have released two new security tools that will help users, not just IT managers, track their online life and at the same time help keep it secure.

Telegram 2.0 update brings Material Design and more

A major new update has been published for the Android app Telegram bringing a full redesign and Android 5.0 material design. Every screen of the app was updated to make it consistent with Android 5.0 design standards and animations. Support for the new standards was also added for older Android devices.

LastPass update: Auto Fill helper for easier website and app sign-ups

As you get to download more apps and sign up for more services on the web, password managers are becoming essential not just to help you remember them but also to keep all your accounts secure. LastPass is one of those offering its services and the latest update to its Android app adds another functionality that will make it more convenient for you to sign up and sign in whether on the app itself or on a website.
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