Mobile devices are increasingly becoming personal and ubiquitous — which means you’re probably carrying more personal information on your smartphone than your wallet. This comes with a host of security issues, of course. If you lose your smartphone or tablet, then whoever picks it up might be able to glean a lot of information about you, to the extent that your device can be a potential threat to the security of your identity. You lock your phone anyway, you say? But a Consumer Reports survey done earlier this year indicates that only a third of Americans bother to lock their…
On Friday, China’s state run China Central Television (CCTV) deemed Apple’s iPhone a national security threat. The threat is due to Apple’s “Frequent Location” feature that is a part of Location Services on the iPhone. According to the Wall Street Journal, the fear is based around the information contained within this feature that would, in essence, enable anyone who had this information to know of China’s secrets. Apple has not commented on the report, but according to their support page, the feature can be customized or turned off in the device settings. Apple also claims that the information collected is only…
In a blatantly self-serving new ‘study’, Avast has found it is very easy to retrieve personal data from a phone that is merely ‘wiped’ before selling. Is this enough to protect your phone?
If you are looking for one of the most secure smartphones on the market today, you will soon have a chance to buy such a device. The Blackphone, made by Geeksphone & Silent Circle, uses an Android build called PrivatOS, a slice of KitKat, which was unveiled in January.
A small selection of MediaTek based smartphones are vulnerable to a simple SMS exploit which causes them to reboot.
The misconception that Apple’s products are somehow more secure has carried from Macbooks to iPhones. Is this really the case? Reports prove the opposite.
Google stated that the next version of Android will include a “factory reset protection solution,” in other words, a permanent lock feature that can’t be bypassed with a simple factory reset.
Security researches found the first case of a smartphone shipping with pre-installed malware. The device is the Star N9500, a Galaxy S4 lookalike that’s available throughout Europe on Amazon.
ConsciousLifeNews It’s an open secret that the NSA is keeping tabs on Internet users through various means. Whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations suggest that the agency does not even have to take an active role in eavesdropping, as it’s the Internet and tech companies that do this for them. Case in point: Vodafone recently published a transparency report, indicating the means and methods through which governments are spying through telecom networks. Google is actually one of the companies that have been used by spy agencies in their data mining efforts. In particular, the movement of information between datacenters can be the chink in…
Google is adding a small feature to Android Device Manager, that should make it a tad easier to locate and manage your misplaced device.