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Android

Black Hat hackers show off Android vulnerabilities in NFC and Google Play Store

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Google, like all tech companies, is in a constant battle with hackers to expose and close security holes in products like Android. At the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas, hackers demonstrated multiple ways i…

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Android App Reviews

misHaps shows important contact info if a phone is lost or you become incapacitated [App Reviews]

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One of most underrated features in Android 3.0+ is the ability to put a message on the lock screen. It’s a great way to have the security of the lock screen but still have a way to let someone who finds the phon…

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Android

Google Play anti-malware system has potential security hole, Google’s probably patching it now

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Summer has been quiet, so it looks like it’s time for the first Android scare of the season. This time, there’s actually a little bit of bite to the bark of researchers who have discovered a potentia…

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Android App Reviews

AppBrain Ad Detector exposes apps that spam ads and have questionable privacy permissions

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I recently reviewed an app that some readers expressed concerns about permission requests and its use of ads in the notification window. While I often warn about checking permissions prior to installing, I wa…

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Finance

Google restores Google Wallet prepaid cards, other vulnerability still in play

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After discovering that Google Wallet is susceptible to a simple exploit that removes a user’s PIN and exposes funds to prepaid cards, Google disabled the ability to add money to a prepaid Google Wallet c…

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Android

Lookout Mobile Threat Report shows how shady developers distribute Android malware

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Android malware. It’s always popping up in the news yet it never seems to really be a widespread threat. Just a few hours ago, the Internet was abuzz with reports of malware that can secretly record phone c…

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Tools

Lookout adds browser protection to fight malware and phishing scams on Android phones

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The Android virus train keeps trudging along, and several companies have released apps designed to protect users from malicious attacks. But most of those efforts are focused on blocking Android apps that co…

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Android

CyanogenMod lets users select which permissions Android apps can access [Video]

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Researchers at NC State University announced last month that they discovered a way to give Android users direct control over their data. The researchers suggested that no one should be forced to accept every p…

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Commmunication

Skype adds 3G calling and security fixes to Android app

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Skype has updated its Android app to offer two major features. The first isn’t so much a feature as it’s a change to addressa bonehead mistake made when the app was developed: Skype now encrypts you…

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Android OS

Researchers find way to restrict which data Android apps access, put privacy options in user’s hand

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There’s an Android security scare happening at least once a month. Most of these are overblown, rehashed non-issues, but there are legit concerns about Android malware and privacy leaks. Researchers…

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Tools

AVG Mobilation adds virus protection to Android tablets and phones

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The Android Market has more than 150,000 apps. That means it also has thousands of possible distribution points for phone viruses and malware hidden within Android apps. While we’ve covered how some co…

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Android OS

Why Android phones are targets for Trojans (and how to protect your phone)

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Android phones are as open to viruses as Android is open to app developers and phone makers. A recent batch of malware in the Android Market suggests as much when attackers managed to obtain data of thousands of p…

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Tools

Lookout adds remote wipe/lock, premium privacy and backup options

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Lookout, Inc., has updated its Lookout Mobile Security app to include some new premium features. Fans of the security app that monitors spyware, backups data, and locates phone position – for free R…

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Tools

Seenearly monitors what your spouse, kids, or employees do on their phones

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There was a time when jealous girlfriends checked their boyfriend’s beeper to search for clues of a cheating spouse. Today, people can track their loved ones online. Seenearly is an app that can be insta…

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Android App Reviews

Lookout tracks lost phones, backs-up data, and monitors suspicious apps [App Reviews]

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On the way home from a trip to San Francisco, I dropped my phone in the airport and someone ran off with it before I realized. I couldn’t find the phone in the terminal, but I’d probably be calling people from it righ…

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