security

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.

Learn the tricks of the trade with this IT Management Bundle [DEALS]

Game developer, app maker, hacker. This are just some of the crafts we've brought to your attention, and maybe even to your virtual bookshelf, in our Android Community Deals. Now it's time to sharpen those grey muscles again, this time with a slightly different calling. This time, it's your turn to be on the defensive, learning the tools, techniques, and qualifications needed to become a competent IT professional, shepherding your business' computer systems and becoming its first line of defense against intruders and snoopers. with this IT Security and Management Bundle.

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.
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