Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge get security thumbs-up from UK group

The Communications and Electronics Security Group (CESG) is part of the information security arm of the UK Government that make sure consumer products are up to par when it comes to data security, and Samsung’s flagships – the Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge, with their KNOX data encryption program – just got certification from CESG as certified secure products.

LogDog  lets you know if someone’s hacking your online accounts

It’s true what they say, you won’t really care about hacking unless you yourself (or people really close to you) have been hacked. But you have to understand that this is such a common occurrence that protecting our online properties should be second nature to us. Sometimes though, you don’t know that you’ve been hacked or that someone is trying to hack you until it’s too late. A new app called LogDog not only protects you online but also serves as a hacking watchdog with an early warning system.

“Last seen” setting, every activity on WhatsApp can be tracked unsecurely

WhatsApp is one of the most popular instant messaging apps for mobile devices today. It's widely used together with the Facebook Messenger, Google Messenger, Viber, and SnapChat among others. While each of this app has a certain fan base, together they make up for most of the mobile market that now prefer instant messaging over text messaging. It's definitely cheaper, more convenient, and even more fun to use.

Secure your data for 3 years on a budget [DEALS]

Preserve all of your photos, documents, videos and more automatically with a 3 year subscription to Pogoplug Personal Backup and save 67% at Android Community Deals. Pogoplug Personal Backup is the reliable way to store your data from multiple devices so it can be recalled whenever and wherever you need. It’s cross platform compatible, too, so you can safely use it with Android and iOS mobile devices as well as Mac’s and PC’s.

Enabling ‘My Xperia Theft Protection’ may brick your Sony Xperia device

“My Xperia Theft Protection” (MXTP) is one of the new features found in the more recent devices of the Sony Xperia line – namely the Xperia Z4/Z3+, the Xperia Z4 Tablet, and the Xperia C4 and Xperia M4 Aqua. MXTP is unique in such a way that it offers bootloader level security to your device – in layman’s terms, this will not allow a thief to just wipe your device clean or flash a new ROM without knowing your Google login.

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.
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