security

Banking apps may not be secure, report shows 9 out of 10 ‘leak info’

You’d think the app available from your bank would be secure. Though some prefer to use third party financial apps like Mint, the app on offer from your financial institution is believed to be the more secure option. According to a new study, that’s not the case. About 90% of all banking apps were found to be compromised, possibly allowing hackers access to your accounts and information.

Snapchat issues a response to recent security concerns

Snapchat has released a statement regarding the recent findings that their service can be used to attach phone numbers to names, leading to identification of users. While Snapchat had been aware of the issue since August, the group who found the exploit wasn’t pleased with their lack of focus on the security issue. On December 31st, 2013, they released redacted numbers attached to usernames to the web, as well as their methodology for acquiring them, forcing the hand of Snapchat.

Snapchat code exploit published after being ignored

Snapchat, which prides itself for its privacy and security features, might have just become completely insecure. Researchers have now published undocumented API and code to two exploits that not only opens up the service to spam but also gives malicious individuals access to users' profiles and phone numbers.

Android Device Manager app arrives in the Play Store

Google announced the Android Device Manager several months back. Essentially, this is a security feature that will allow you to remotely locate your device on a map or by having it ring. This setup also allows users to remotely lock and also erase the device. Anyway, Google began rolling this out to devices shortly after the original announcement, and while a mobile app was promised, there wasn't much said in terms of when that would be arriving.

Android security benefits from culture of openness

The fact that Android, at the end of the development process, is an open source product might be lost on end users, but that open nature does have benefits that trickle down even to those that don't make use of custom ROMs based on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). In particular, this culture of openness, sharing, and cooperation has hardened and continues to improve the Android platform's security.
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