9 Android settings that'll strengthen your security

Credit to Author: JR Raphael| Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:30:00 -0700

You might not know it from all the panic-inducing headlines out there, but Android is actually packed with powerful and practical security features. Some are activated by default and protecting you whether you realize it or not, while others are more out of the way but equally deserving of your attention.

So stop wasting your time worrying about the Android malware monster du jour and which security company is using it to scare you into an unnecessary subscription, and take a moment instead to look through these far more impactful Android security settings — starting with the core elements and moving from there into some more advanced and easily overlooked options.

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Before you panic: 6 things to remember about Android security

Credit to Author: JR Raphael| Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2018 09:04:00 -0700

Android security sure can seem like a scary subject.

And it’s no wonder: Every few weeks, we see some new hair-raising headline about how our phones are almost certain to be possessed by demons that’ll steal our data, eat our ice cream, and pinch our tenders when we least expect it.

This week, it’s a series of Android malware monsters known as “ViperRat” and “Desert Scorpion” that has phone-holders everywhere trembling in their bootsies. (Kudos to whoever came up with those spooky-sounding names, by the way. It’s an art!) Last week, it was word that Android device-makers might be skipping security updates that had our hands a-shakin’.

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12+ things you can do with a locked iPhone

Credit to Author: Jonny Evans| Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2018 07:06:00 -0700

With so much focus on staying productive, it may surprise you to realise just how many things you can do with a locked iPhone. What can you do and how can you switch these features off?

Wake it up

The Raise to Wake feature available since iPhone 6S/SE means your iPhone can tell when you pick it up and will wake the display up automatically, so you need not do so. Left on by default, you can disable this feature in Settings>Display & Brightness where you toggle Raise to Wake to off.

Make a call, send a message and more

You can call people from a locked iPhone. Just ask Siri to call a person in your contact book. You can also send Messages using the locked device, just ask Siri to send a Message and name someone in the device’s Contacts book. To stop this, set Allow Siri When Lockedto off in Settings>Siri & Search.

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Two vendors now sell iPhone cracking technology – and police are buying

Credit to Author: Lucas Mearian| Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2018 10:17:00 -0700

Law enforcement interest in iPhone encryption-cracking hardware from two new companies is a strong indication that Apple no longer claims the mobile security high ground.

“What this means, if it’s true, is that people who thought all of their communications were totally secure shouldn’t feel so confident going forward,” said Jack Gold, principal analyst with J. Gold Associates. “But, then security has always been a tug of war between the ones implementing it and the ones trying to break it.”

In February, reports surfaced that an Israel-based technology vendor, Cellebrite, had discovered a way to unlock encrypted iPhones running iOS 11 and were marketing the product to law enforcement and private forensics firms around the world. According to a police warrant obtained by Forbes, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security had been testing the technology.

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Everything you need to know about Apple's GDPR privacy upgrade

Credit to Author: Jonny Evans| Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2018 08:07:00 -0700

Apple is updating its products and services to bring them in line with the EU’s forthcoming privacy protection rules (GDPR). Among other improvements, customers will be able to download all the information Apple keeps about them.

What is GDPR?

Europe is about to introduce General Data Protection Regulations, (GDPR). These rules are designed to bring existing data protection laws into the 21stCentury, they allow individuals the right to see what information companies hold about them, oblige business to handle data more responsibly, and put a new set of fines and regulations in place. Almost any entity that handles personal data will be impacted by the rules, which you can read here. These changes may be taking place in Europe, but there is expectation most big tech firms will apply similar protections outside Europe, which will give more effective protection to most people – which is a good thing.

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Keeping your business and personal instant messages secure

Credit to Author: Christopher Boyd| Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2018 15:00:00 +0000

Most people want to know their instant messages are securely wrapped up—whether that’s for personal privacy or protecting business communications. There are a lot of solutions out there for better securing IMs.

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A bad day with mobile 2FA

Credit to Author: Evan Schuman| Date: Mon, 09 Apr 2018 03:00:00 -0700

As a longtime proponent of two-factor authentication (2FA) in a mobile world, I was pained to get hit with two problems using 2FA on Thursday (April 4). But maybe the ability to publicize those two mobile-oriented problems with 2FA will do some good, if sites just pay attention.

The day started with my trying to link to an interesting mobile security story in my social feed (yes, that would shortly prove ironic). The story link wouldn’t work for me, with my browser telling me the site had redirected me too many times. It suggested that I clear out my cookies. That made little sense to me given the immediate problem, but I was overdue for a cookie cleanout anyway, so I gave it a shot.

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Facebook's data debacle is a wake-up call for Android users

Credit to Author: JR Raphael| Date: Thu, 05 Apr 2018 09:06:00 -0700

Whew. This whole Facebook data mess sure is spiraling into quite the fiasco, isn’t it?

Seems every day lately, there’s some new shocking twist to how everyone’s personal data was used (and abused) without their knowledge. While much of the issue revolves around Facebook itself and practices that are out of our control, there’s an angle that ties in directly to Android — and it’s one that’s important to think through, whether you use Facebook or not.

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Mobile Menace Monday: Fake WhatsApp can steal info from your phone

Credit to Author: Nathan Collier| Date: Mon, 02 Apr 2018 17:00:00 +0000

WhatsApp Plus has the potential to steal information, as it is a variant of Android/PUP.Riskware.Wtaspin.GB, a fake Whatsapp riskware that dates back to mid-2017.

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Facial recognition tech moves from smartphones to the boardroom

Credit to Author: Lucas Mearian| Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2018 03:03:00 -0700

Facial recognition technology, which has begun to gain traction on mobile devices like the iPhone X and various Android smartphones, could soon show up at work – and at the airport.

The technology uses a person’s face to authenticate their identity,  making it a potentially important security tool.

In 2015, Google launched its “Trusted Face” feature as part of its Android 5.0 Lollipop update. Trusted Face, part of Android’s Smart Lock technology, works in the same way as Apple’s Face ID, which replaced the Touch ID fingerprint reader on the iPhone X.

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Could these grain-sized computers using blockchain networks thwart counterfeiters?

Credit to Author: Lucas Mearian| Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2018 10:39:00 -0700

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