security

1Password to release new update, extends free trial

If you’re still not on board the 1Password bandwagon, you’re being given more time to explore the popular password manager for free, as they are extending the free trial until August 18. Developer Agile Bits will also releasing version 4.1 soon, which will add even more features to the first one launched just six weeks ago on the Android platform.

Trend Micro retracts exaggerated Play Store malware claim

We are most likely used to how companies tend to bend the truth a bit to sell their products, but sometimes things can get quite out of hand. That might just be the case when Trend Micro published a blog post which painted a picture of Google Play Store that was too horrifying to be true, only to later "clarify" the exact point that the cyber security firm was trying to make.

Microsoft Account app takes on Google Authenticator

People are starting to become more conscious of how fragile their easy-to-remember passwords are, but that doesn't mean they're actively taking steps to protect their precious online accounts. To ease the process of securing accounts, logging into them and entering passwords, Microsoft released a new app on Android called Microsoft Account that, to be brutally honest, is simply a Microsoft-centric version of Google Authenticator.

Google shares what Samsung KNOX is bringing to Android

Google and Samsung have a pretty interesting and lively relationship. Although the two seem to be at each other's throats over topics such as OEM customizations, Tizen, and Android Wear, the two have come together last Google I/O to tell the world that they are collaborating on bringing Samsung KNOX to Android. Now Google is finally divulging what that partnership really means for the future of Android.

Wiper really wipes away private messages, if you want it to

Private messaging apps are a dime a dozen now, with Viber, WhatsApp, Kakao Talk, WeChat, etc. But even though they are supposedly not for everyone’s eyes, hence the term “private messaging”, nothing really remains private within those digital walls, as they are still stored in their servers and your friends' apps as well. A new app called Wiper promises to be be the most secure of all these messaging apps, as it gives you utmost privacy and full control of your conversations.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 may include retinal scanner

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 may well be coming our way in September during the IFA 2014 in Berlin, and a specific tweet by @SamsungExynos – Samsung’s Twitter account for all things pertaining to their proprietary chipset and processor brand – has hinted that the next gen phablet may probably have a retinal scanner, or at the very least, security features that deals with the human eye. How many of those could there be?

Android security chief: anti-virus apps are overrated

When you are partly in charge of making a product, of course you want to project your product in the best light possible. But when Google's chief security engineer for all things Android, Adrian Ludwig, downplayed the value of anti-virus apps before Google I/O 2014, he might have projected a different and harmful image instead. While he claims that majority of users won't benefit from malware-hunting apps on Android, the number of malware on the platform, even those that get through Google Play Store's own bouncers, prove otherwise.

Selling your phone? Make sure it’s fully wiped first

If you’re the type of person who likes changing your Android phone every few months or so, chances are you’ve sold your gadget through eBay, Craiglist, or some other secondhand online stores. Before selling it, of course you tried to wipe all your data by restoring factory settings and deleting all files on the phone and memory card. But according to avast!, not all your information is completely and securely erased. They conducted a study that showed not all personal information disappears and it is scary if it will fall into the wrong hands.
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