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Android security ramps up with L

Android security ramps up with L

At Google I/O 2014, Android and Chrome boss Sundar Pichai went right up front with Android Security upgrades. Google’s next step in Android security in Android L is to push security patches through Google Play instead of Android updates - making the whole process more secure and reliable.

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RCS malware affects iOS and Android devices internationally

RCS malware affects iOS and Android devices internationally

Remote Control System malware has been identified by the folks at Kaspersky Lab this week as affecting both iOS (iPhone) and Android devices across the planet. This system is said to be controlled by an international infrastructure which allows this "legal" spyware to take hold of devices at the hands of the company known as HackingTeam.

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Over 300k websites still haven’t patched for Heartbleed

Over 300k websites still haven’t patched for Heartbleed

In April of this year a security hole called Heartbleed was revealed as one of the largest of its kind in history. The vast majority of websites on the internet were left open to this bug, only being patched after many, many years of being left open for any hacker to take advantage of. Now - even two months after its discovery, well over 300,000 web servers are still unpatched.

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Dropbox becomes a vehicle for ransomware

Dropbox becomes a vehicle for ransomware

Cloud storage services like Dropbox have made it simple to store and share files with family, friends, and coworkers. Unsurprisingly, unscrupulous individuals have also managed to pervert those features to spread malware, in particular, the kind that holds your files hostage until you pay a sweet fee, as narrated by anti-phishing company PhishMe.

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Star N9500 Chinese smartphone ships with pre-loaded spyware

Star N9500 Chinese smartphone ships with pre-loaded spyware

Allegations that the Chinese government is using smartphones to spy on other nations have been around for a while - back in October 2012, for example, US lawmakers expressed concern over potential espionage. Despite the White House having found no evidence to support the concern, many have still proceeded carefully with the use of Chinese handsets, and now one has been spotted with pre-loaded spyware.

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Here’s why you should wipe your device before trading it in

Here’s why you should wipe your device before trading it in

Our devices have a lot of information about us, and we give them more and more every day. The information stored within our smartphones and tablets also links to a bigger entity, stored in some mysterious cloud somewhere. When you give up a device, either selling it or via trade-in, do you clear all the data? Here’s why you should -- and how.

 

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‘WiFi everywhere’ isn’t a new concept, but it’s becoming a dangerous one

‘WiFi everywhere’ isn’t a new concept, but it’s becoming a dangerous one

Recently, Comcast made news by opening up home WiFi routers for use publicly. By partitioning your WiFi signal, the company hopes to blanket an area with a signal. This has become a polarizing issue, but shouldn’t be for the reason of coverage alone. WiFi everywhere isn’t a new concept — in fact, it was the original concept for the phone you might be reading this on.

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