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All software has security vulnerabilities. It is a fact. You only need to look at the software updates that are issued by the big companies like Microsoft, Adobe, Apple and Google to see how prevalent is this security problem. Smartphones aren’t immune, not iPhones, not Windows Phones and not Android. But there are some simple things you can do that will drastically reduce your exposure and help secure your Android phone or tablet, as well as protect your data.

FTC slams privacy efforts in kids apps

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by on December 11, 2012 8:57 am
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FTC Mobile Apps for Kids - Disclosures Still Not Making the Grade

A new report by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says that many of the apps which are designed for children collect data about the devices the kids are using without informing parents. The apps, which are available for Android via Google’s Play Store and for iOS via Apple’s iTunes app store, send information from the mobile device to ad networks, analytics companies, or other third parties.

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The European Union (EU) has given Google four months to adjust its privacy policy so that it is in sync with EU’s requests. This comes as no surprise due to the warning Google had gotten previously. If Google does not properly respond, it could face consequences that will affect the company in multiple areas of its services.

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Security researchers have uncovered a 3G flaw that may allow every device using the network to be tracked. The flaw appears to be present in all modern 3G networks and can exploited using easily obtained technology. What is incredibly scary is that not only will the flaw allow somebody without much computer knowledge to track a device, but also that the 3GPP has apparently known about this flaw for close to six months.

Former AT&T employee Mark Klein says the NSA is eavesdropping on conversations from rooms like this one at AT&T's San Francisco office.

Big Brother may be listening in on your conversations. Whether or not this is actually the case is still up for speculation, given that the U.S. government is citing state secrecy in not admitting nor denying whether it is, in fact, eavesdropping. But in 2005, a former AT&T technician revealed that the government — through the National Security Agency — has hidden outposts within telecom companies meant for surveillance.