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Silent Circle and Geeksphone’s new Blackphone is now available for pre-order

by: Gary SimsFebruary 24, 2014
The Blackphone, which places “privacy and control directly in the hands of its users”, has been officially announced at MWC 2014 and is now available for pre-order at $629.
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Everything you need to know about Host Card Emulation

by: Gary SimsFebruary 20, 2014
Visa and MasterCard are pushing mobile payments using HCE. In Europe it is a natural step from the existing contactless payments systems but in the US it is a big jump from the traditional swipe and sign system currently in use. Here is run down of some of the things you should know about Android, NFC and Host Card Emulation.
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Google Glass can be hacked using Javascript

by: Gary SimsFebruary 7, 2014
A security vulnerability in Android which allows attackers to execute arbitrary code (i.e. their own code) has been tested on Google Glass and found present.
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Facebook releases Conceal, an efficient library for encrypted storage on Android

by: Gary SimsFebruary 6, 2014
Facebook Engineering has released a new open source encryption library, Conceal, for Android which is designed to encrypt data quickly without using too much system memory or processor power.
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Exposé: Don’t fall victim to this dodgy anti-virus app

by: Gary SimsFebruary 5, 2014
On surface Armor for Android seems like a legitimate security app but once you dig a little deeper you discover that it just wants your money, $550 worth!
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New malware tries to infect Android devices via USB cable

by: Gary SimsJanuary 27, 2014
Have the days passed when only downloading from Google Play was enough to stay safe? New details have been released about a new piece of Windows malware that tries to infect Android devices when they are plugged into a compromised PC.
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Future Android security apps will learn from your phone to catch out the bad guys

by: Rob TriggsJanuary 24, 2014
Ziperium's new Android security app learns how your handset behaves in order to better spot and stop security threats before they can cause any damage.
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Beware of mobile scareware ads which say your phone has a virus

by: Gary SimsJanuary 23, 2014
You need to beware of mobile scareware ads which say your phone has a virus. This week one of the Android Authority team saw an antivirus scareware ad on his phone and was able to capture a couple of very useful screenshots.
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New Android vulnerability allows data to be stolen from VPN connections [updated]

by: Gary SimsJanuary 21, 2014
Security researchers at Ben Gurion University have demonstrated a networking related security vulnerability in Android which allows a malicious app to bypass an active VPN configuration and redirect the traffic to a different server.
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Silent Circle and Geeksphone join forces to build the privacy focused Blackphone

by: Gary SimsJanuary 15, 2014
Silent Circle and Geeksphone have announced a new joint venture to build an Android smartphone which places "privacy and control directly in the hands of its users." The device is called the Blackphone and it will be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on February 24th.
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