A phenomenal Android privacy feature you probably forget to use

Credit to Author: JR Raphael| Date: Tue, 20 Oct 2020 08:51:00 -0700

It’s amazing how many useful Android features get buried in the operating system and then forgotten over time.

When you stop and think about it, it’s also kind of inevitable: With every passing year, Android grows increasingly robust and complex, as more advanced options make their way into the software. So it’s only logical that certain elements will become out of sight and out of mind and get lost in the shuffle somewhere along the way.

One such item jumped out at me the other day, triggering an immediate “AHAH!” in this rusty ol’ noggin of mine as I remembered its existence and then scolded myself for forgetting to use it all this time. It’s a little somethin’ called Android Guest Mode, and it first showed up way back in the Android 5.0 (Lollipop) era of 2014.

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Lessons learned: Provisioning new employees during a pandemic

Credit to Author: Jonny Evans| Date: Wed, 30 Sep 2020 06:52:00 -0700

COVID-19 means just about everyone who can do so now works from home. But the rapid pace at which this happened put IT under a great deal of pressure, so, what have we learned that may help in future?

The digital transformation continues

The JNUC conference this week sees 15,000 Apple-in-the-enterprise IT staff come together, and a lot of the focus is on the challenges of rapid migration to remote work. The scale of this migration is vast, and it seems to be continuing at pace.

Microsoft Vice President Brad Anderson shared a little data to illustrate this: “We’re seeing 1.5 million new devices every seven days coming into the cloud to be managed (by Microsoft Endpoint Manager) and that’s Windows, iOS, Mac and Android.” (Italics mine.)

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JNUC 2020 opens with big news for Apple and Azure

Credit to Author: Jonny Evans| Date: Tue, 29 Sep 2020 07:16:00 -0700

Apple in the enterprise focused company, Jamf, kicked off its virtual JNUC conference today with a deluge of news and information for Mac, iPhone and iPad using enterprises.

Apple and Microsoft together for work

The show comes at a pivotal moment in the transformation of enterprise IT. Not only is work becoming virtual, but Apple’s presence in the space continues to grow.

The move to virtual conferences means the event has more attendees than ever before, with around 15,000 people attending, the company said.

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Dual biometrics for banking: Double trouble or super-secure?

Credit to Author: Evan Schuman| Date: Mon, 28 Sep 2020 07:20:00 -0700

In an unusual experiment, two European banks (one in Hungary, the other in Spain) are trying to boost security and – nonintuitively – convenience by layering one biometric authentication method on top of another.

The two biometrics are facial recognition and palm recognition – both performed via a mobile device – and the banks are Hungary’s OTP Bank and Spain’s Liberbank; the vendor behind the effort promises imminent deployments in Slovenia and the UK. It’s clear that such an approach would theoretically be more secure, but is such a combo going to mean too much friction for the typical customer? Or will users accept a minute amount of additional effort to better safeguard their money?

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Sophos is named a Leader in IDC’s mobile threat management report

Credit to Author: Petter Nordwall| Date: Fri, 18 Sep 2020 13:58:16 +0000

Sophos is confirmed as a leader in mobile threat management with device, network, and application security for Android, iOS, and Chrome OS.<img src=”http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sophos/dgdY/~4/jUjMMcdz3Nw” height=”1″ width=”1″ alt=””/>

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Apple strengthens commitment to human rights with new policy

Credit to Author: Jonny Evans| Date: Fri, 04 Sep 2020 05:42:00 -0700

Apple has once again responded to critics with the publication of a human rights policy it says commits the company to “freedom of information and expression.”

Freedom of expression

“At Apple, we are optimistic about technology’s awesome potential for good,” says CEO Tim Cook. “But we know that it won’t happen on its own. Every day, we work to infuse the devices we make with the humanity that makes us.”

However, the document also points out that Apple is required to obey the law.

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How to get one of iOS's best new privacy features on Android

Credit to Author: JR Raphael| Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2020 03:00:00 -0700

Apple’s latest iOS update may have taken plenty of inspiration from Android — to put it mildly — but iPhone owners will soon enjoy one important feature that isn’t anywhere to be found here in the land o’ Googley devices. And it’s connected to a subject that’s increasingly near and dear to many of our hearts: privacy.

The iOS 14 beta includes a new system that shows a visual alert anytime an app is using a device’s microphone or camera, even in the background. It’s a smart bit of added privacy protection, especially since traditionally — on iOS as well as on Android — once you’ve granted an app access to those parts of your phone, the app is technically able to tap into ’em anytime, with or without notifying you that it’s doing it.

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We found yet another phone with pre-installed malware via the Lifeline Assistance program

Credit to Author: Nathan Collier| Date: Wed, 08 Jul 2020 15:30:00 +0000

We discovered yet another phone model with pre-installed malware provided from the Lifeline Assistance program via Assurance Wireless by Virgin Mobile.

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