security

Samsung phones vulnerable to keyboard app hack, 600M affected

If you bought a Samsung phone within the last 2 or 3 years, chances are you need Samsung to plug a vulnerability found within the pre-installed keyboard from 3rd party developer SwiftKey. With this pre-installed keyboard found in almost all Samsung devices produced between 2012 and now, the number of phones with this vulnerability is expected to be around 600 million units. Yes, it’s that bad.

Google introduces Android Security Rewards program for researchers

In case you didn't know it yet, Google has been paying programmers and researchers to actually try to hack into their system and discover security vulnerabilities in order to better improve their system. In fact, they have shelled out more than $1.5 million last year alone to "reward" those who were able to find these vulnerabilities in Chrome and other Google products. Now they are introducing the same system for the Android mobile platform with their Android Security Rewards program.

LastPass posts Security Notice, suspicious activity detected

Over the weekend, the LastPass team discovered some suspicious activity on its network. Fortunately, they were able to block whoever or whatever was trying to get into the system. LastPass was kind enough to inform the users and assure them that no no user data was ever taken. Not one LastPass user account was accessed which is good news.

FCC challenges carriers to turn “kill switch” by default

The Federal Communication Commission, through its Mobile Device Theft Prevention Working Group, has come up with recommendations to maximize the on-device theft prevention features of smartphones. The major thing that they are strongly suggestion to all carriers is that they turn on by default the "kill switch" on smartphones that they carry so that it will be a sure deterrent from thieves trying to get their hands on smartphones since they will be practically useless once the remote-data-swiping feature has been activated.

Outlook for Android updated with new access, security controls

Microsoft's very own Outlook team recently announced some changes to Outlook for Android. After Gmail getting improved security, here's Outlook receiving new access and security control. The app now takes advantage of Active Directory Authentication Library (ADAL)-based authentication. This is particularly for Exchange Online mailboxes found in Office 365.

Gmail app for Android gets improved security

Google may forever have Gmail as one of its top products because really, this email account provider is very reliable. No doubt that it's the choice of many Android users because it's easy to use and is very secure. The Gmail app for Android recently received an update from Google. The app has just gotten Oauth support for all Microsoft and Yahoo accounts, adding account recovery and two-step verification as an extra layer of protection.

MXTP puts Xperia in lockdown mode under suspicious circumstances

While features like Android Device Manager and Sony's own My Xperia are helpful in trying to locate, ring, or lock your missing smartphone, it also lays open your device to being wiped clean by whoever has taken or gotten your gadget. And that means all programs, including the two aforementioned features, will also be removed. Sony has come up with a solution called My Xperia Theft Protection (MXTP) to ensure that only you will be able to wipe your own smartphone clean.

DoorViewer turns old Android phone into a home security cam

How many spare Android phone do you have at home? I'm sure you have at least one and if it's still working but you don't want to use it anymore because you just got the latest premium phone, you can turn the old smartphone into a security camera. With the DoorViewer Security Camera app, you can use the phone as a digital recorder and viewer for your home.

Google updates My Account page to make it more user-friendly

If you're a casual Google user, you probably didn't know that there exists a tool so that you can manage the different aspects of your Google account, like your security, privacy, personal information, etc. This tool has been around for almost a year, but it didn't seem to really catch on to the normal user, except if you're a tech-savvy or tech-paranoid person. But Google has now updated the page so that it will be easier for you to occasionally check your account's settings, even if you do it just once in a blue moon.

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