security

Koler.A ransomware blackmails you for bad judgment

Proving again that mobile security is also only as good as your own vigilance, a new type of Android malware has been unearthed. The Trojan Koler.A holds your smartphone hostage, rendering it practically unusable, until you pay a not insignificant amount of $300.

Samsung Galaxy S5 now secured with KNOX 2.0

Samsung has announced the availability of KNOX 2.0 on the Galaxy S5. Samsung KNOX, as many will remember, is a security setup aimed at the bring-you-own-device (BYOD) crowd. Samsung touts KNOX 2.0 as offering cutting-edge core platform security, an improved user experience and expanding ecosystem.

Blackphone secure Android smartphone to use NVIDIA Tegra 4i

The security focused Blackphone was being shown back in February during Mobile World Congress. We managed to get a bit of hand-on time with the device during the show, and even had some details on the specs. At the time we were told the handset would have a quad-core 2.0GHz processor, however the specifics were left unannounced.

Viber transmits and stores images and videos insecurely

After the security scandals that rocked Snapchat, and later WhatsApp, it is now Viber's turn to get the hot seat. The instant messaging service was discovered to be transmitting images and videos posted by users and storing them on their servers with little security, allowing those with knowledge to get access to those pieces of data with no need for authentication.

AVG Vault keeps files on your device secret and safe

AVG has just announced the latest member of its family of security software and services. With AVG Vault, users can entrust their private files, personal information, photos, and more to a doubly-encrypted storage that can also be securely synced to other devices through the cloud.

Facebook report highlights censorship

Faacebook is saying which countries are censoring their news feed in a global transparency report, which covers the second half of 2013. According to them, India is the top offender with 4,765 content restrictions. The main reason for the blocks has to do with “criticism of a religion or the state”. Second on the list was Turkey with just over 2,014 blocks.

Google updates Android security, app scanning

Google has announced an update to their app security protocol for Android, which will now continuously scan your devices for nefarious app activity. Prior to the update, Android verified the security of an app on install, but this update will keep scanning your device for any strange activity. It’s a measure to thwart malware and other odd app behavior.

Heartbleed only an issue for Android 4.1.1

There has been plenty of talk regarding "Heartbleed" lately. For those who may have somehow missed that story, the simple version is that Heartbleed is a flaw in OpenSSL. But while that is simple to say, this is causing issues for quite a few people. On the flip side, we do have a bit of good news for Android users.