security

Google supercharges your microSD with Project Vault

Another cool and interesting revelation out of Google I/O is Project Vault. Nobody gives much attention to microSD technology these days, and if ever it’s only when you announce something with bigger capacity, higher data transfer speeds and all that. But what if you turn your mircroSD into a micro-computer system with data security in mind? This is exactly what Google ATAP is cooking up for us.

Japan’s NTT DOCOMO first to use Qualcomm’s Sense ID biometrics

We’ve seen Qualcomm’s new take on biometrics, it’s only now we realize it has a proper name – the Qualcomm Snapdragon Sense ID biometrics. It’s distinctly different from the way Apple and Samsung has envisioned biometric security for devices – that is, through a capacitive button. Qualcomm uses ultrasonic waves to read your fingerprint, and now they have one of Japan’s biggest mobile carriers, NTT DOCOMO, backing them.

Google analyzes answers to common security questions

Secret questions are supposed to help a person keep his privacy and his profile secure. Problem is, most secret questions are very common that it's easier for anyone to guess the answers, code, pin, or password to an account. This happens especially if there are so many information available. Questions like "What is your mother’s maiden name?" or "What was your first pet’s name?" are often asked that somehow, people can easily guess them to access your account.

Factory reset from some Android phones still leave data traces

When you're about to sell or give away your old Android phone to upgrade to a newer, better one, the first thing you do (aside from finding a buyer/taker) is to back-up your data, and then do a factory reset. You're probably confident that all your data, including contacts, emails, log-in details, etc are forever erased from the device. Unfortunately, a group of Cambridge University researchers have found a flaw in the process and they have managed to recover data from these supposedly clean phones.

Installer Hijacking Defender defends your phone from ‘Android Installer Hijacking’

At around the end of March this year, the Palo Alto Network released a report regarding a vulnerability in Android devices that allows third parties to get access to your device and basically do what they want to do – install their own surveillance malware or worse, steal your private data. We’ve been waiting for a response to that for a while now, and that has finally arrived in the “Installer Hijacking Defender” app by 360 Security Group.

Google thinking about better privacy for Android

With growing pressure from Apple and their iOS devices, Google wants to make sure that Android device users will not ditch the platform because of security and privacy issues. Android recently simplified the way users are informed about what an app accesses. Not surprisingly, Google is thinking about going back to a more detailed way of presenting what user data is accessed.

Some apps quietly connect to outside URLs, ad-related and tracking sites

Admit it or not, Android is not exactly the most secure platform in the world. It's easily hackable as it is customizable. Google has been working hard to make it more secure than ever but genius hackers always outsmart some Android developers. While other mobile platforms are also not safe from attacks, Android is more prone to being compromised simply because there are more Android devices ready to be exploited anywhere on this planet.

3-year VPN Unlimited promo ends Wednesday [DEALS]

Remember our little VPN deal from last month? Yes, the one that gave you the chance to protect yourself online for three years for nothing more than a one time $39 payment. Well, it's back with a vengeance but only for a limited time. Our offer of VPN Unlimited's service good for three years is now down to a low price of $20. But this time, you better make up your mind quick if you're grabbing this offer, as the deal ends and goes back to its regular price on Wednesday.

Vivo X5Pro teased with retina scanner, expect enhanced phone security

Fingerprint scanners are still not a standard in smartphones but some premium flagship phones and tablets already have them. The likes of the Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy S6/S6 edge, Note 4, Meizu MX4 Pro, Samsung Galaxy Tab S, Pantech Vega Secret Up, and the HTC One Max have fingerprint scanners used for several security and authentication purposes. While the technology is still in its early stage, there is potential for biometrics to be bigger.

Password Alert extension keeps Google Account safe from phising

Internet technology may be advancing but people will only be susceptible to hacks. Phising, hacking, and whatever those evil geniuses could think of will also advance, unfortunately. The only effective way to ward them off is to be informed. Yes, you just need to know what's happening, what's real, and what to do. In one way or another, I'm sure you've encountered phising sites but were clueless that it is one. But hey, I know you're smart so you chose to ignore them.
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