security

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.

Niger deletes 1.7 million mobile phone numbers

Niger has deleted 1.7 million mobile phone numbers, according to a report by Reuters. The African country says it is an attempt to improve security, and affects nearly all carriers operating in Niger to a degree. The country has about 5.4 million mobile customers, leaving nearly one third of them without a number.

F-Secure KEY password manager lets you have one password to rule them all

Password best practices would have us create different and slightly complicated passwords, but having to remember all those passwords across different websites and devices can be quite a chore. For this reason, services such as LastPass has created a significant market and, now, anti-virus maker F-Secure wants a piece of that pie with its new F-Secure KEY password manager.

US Carriers kill Samsung’s kill switch anti-theft measure

Smartphone theft and muggings have reached an all time high, costing customers more than $30 billion last year and causing law enforcers to derisively refer to the wave, at least as it relates to iPhones and iPads, as "Apple picking". Samsung offered a rather drastic proposal to help improve the situation but was shot down by major wireless carriers in the US.

Hackers rake in large bounties for security exploits

Who says that being naughty doesn't pay, especially when it's for the good of everyone. That is exactly how a handful of hackers have been able to rake in thousands of dollars as part of some companies' attempts to turn hunting down security bugs into a contest. With crash prizes, of course.