security

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.

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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.

Woman files case against Google for unauthorized charges

Racking up hundreds to thousand of dollars on your mobile phone or data account is not unusual. We've heard of similar situations already since anything is actually vulnerable to security hacks especially if one is not careful. The latest case is that of a California woman who is filing a complaint against Google for its inadequate security. Because of security flaws, her Google Play Store account has been exploited by hackers. The result: thousands of dollars of unauthorized charges.

Microsoft adds multi-factor authentication support to Office 365 for tablets

Microsoft Office 365 was made available for Android last year and with it come security options for several accounts with multi-factor authentication. To be sure, users are asked to enter a password. That seems easy to do and anyone can access a document but there's a second level of security that requires you to respond to a phone notification, text message, or a phone call. This security feature has been working on smartphones and PCs but unfortunately, there was no support given for tablets.

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Android Security report card and the scanning of devices

Let's face it. As much as we love Android, it hasn't exactly been the most secure mobile platform on the planet. Sure, nothing is exactly and perfectly secure, even the walled garden that is iOS but Android has been notorious for making things a little bit easier for miscreants. Of course, that only means that Google has to work incessantly on security and keep vigil over its territory and, today, it's giving itself a pat on the back for a job well done in 2014.

Your phone may be exposed to ‘Android Installer Hijacking’

In an open ecosystem like Android OS, bugs and malware will continue to exist, as long as there is precious personal data to mine and people with malicious intent to take advantage of the security holes in the OS. Palo Alto Network’s Unit 42 has just released an announcement of what a vulnerability it calls “Android Installer Hijacking”, which may be present in almost half of Android devices out there.
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