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How to encrypt your Android device

by: Elmer MontejoDecember 30, 2013
Your Android device is a pocket-size container of important information that you don't want to fall into the wrong hands. It is crucial to keep your Android data safe. In this post, learn how to encrypt your Android device.
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Obad was the nastiest piece of Android malware discovered in 2013

by: Gary SimsDecember 16, 2013
In a recent end of year summary published by antivirus company Kaspersky Labs, the firm officially named Obad, a sophisticated Trojan that can be distributed via mobile botnets, as its Android Villain of the Year 2013.
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Latest antivirus tests show which apps perform best

by: Gary SimsDecember 13, 2013
End of year tests, which are also valid for the start of 2014, show that 12 of the current 28 antivirus apps for Android have a perfect detection rate and spotted everyone of the 2,124 malicious samples used.
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Google now paying open source developers to make security improvements to Android

by: Gary SimsNovember 20, 2013
This week Google has announced that it is extending this new Patch Reward Program to cover other open source projects including Android! Patches need to be submitted directly to the AOSP and if Google reckons the patch has a positive impact on security then the developer will get a reward ranging from $500 to $3,133.7.
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Smartphones use a second CPU and second operating system in their baseband modems

by: Gary SimsNovember 18, 2013
At the heart of every smartphone there is a baseband processor which contains a general purpose ARM processor and runs its own operating system. These operating systems are closed source and vulnerable to hackers.
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Android 4.4’s verified boot has device modders worried

by: Gary SimsNovember 6, 2013
One of the new security features in Android 4.4 KitKat is verified boot which is designed to detect persistent rootkits that can hold onto root privileges and compromise a device's security. However it as a side effect, it could stop the installation of custom ROMs.
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Why fingerprints shouldn’t be used for security

by: Gary SimsSeptember 23, 2013
Are biometrics a valid way to perform authentication? One response is that the use of biometric information for security is dubious at best because once your biometric data has been compromised you can't change it, ever!
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FBI worried about emergency services using Android due to security threats

by: Gary SimsAugust 27, 2013
A recently published paper by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has outlined the security concerns the two government agencies have about the use of Android by emergency service personnel including the police and the fire department.
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Google starts automatically encrypting data stored using its Cloud Storage service

by: Gary SimsAugust 19, 2013
Google has started encrypting the all the data written to disk via its Google Cloud Storage service, however the keys are automatically managed by Google making it irrelevant if Google was forced by law to hand of the data and keys,
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Google adds seven new security features to Android

by: Gary SimsAugust 6, 2013
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean includes a variety of internal changes that make it more difficult for hackers (and the NSA) to exploit security vulnerabilities. Plus Google is rolling out its find-my-phone service and has added a malware scanner to the Google Play Services.
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