The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced today that they have begun investigating why it takes mobile devices in the US so long to get security patches, and that’s if those mobile devices even see a security patch at all during its life cycle.
Last year Google stepped up its game when it comes to security. This was done by initiating scans of apps in the Play Store. Google hoped this would reduce the number of apps containing harmful threats like viruses and malware.
Late this week, Google’s security team announced several new features they are expanding or making available to Gmail users to help enhance email security. The updates include enhancements to email encryption, improvements to Google’s safe browsing warnings to help Gmail users, and additional alerts regarding state-sponsored attacks directed at Gmail users. Read more
In a strange twist of fate, Verizon Enterprise Solutions finds itself the victim of a data breach that has exposed 1.5 million customer accounts to hackers. Normally Verizon Enterprise is leading the way in helping businesses, many on the Fortune 500 list, avoid this kind of situation, so finding themselves victims is particularly painful. Read more
Smartphone owners are on alert after Google issued a warning that an Android vulnerability could give intruders access to devices they don’t own. Read more
LastPass is one of the better password managers available on the Play Store, but they’ve released a new app that’s going to give them an edge on some of the other apps. It’s a two-factor authentication app for LastPass, but it also works with plenty of other services, pretty similarly to Google’s own authenticator. Read more
We’re only one week into March, and that means a monthly security update is due for Android devices. Google published details regarding March’s security update earlier today with a massive list of patches and other goodies.
You might some commotion about a year ago over Verizon’s tracking cookies for phones on their network. Big Red was tracking usage habits about users on the network, without alerting users or giving them a way to opt out of the tracking, but apparently they didn’t do a good enough job in giving customers control over everything, as the FCC has slapped with a fine over the ordeal. Read more
Proving the old adage that no good deed goes unpunished, mobile security company Skycure revealed a proof of concept malware at the RSA cyber security conference this week that attacks Android devices via a technique called “accessibility clickjacking.” The attack has been shown to work on versions of Android up through KitKat placing over half a billion Android devices at risk. Read more
Samsung will be joining an ever growing number of companies to support Apple on their decision to fight the US government and its want for backdoors into mobile devices. Samsung specifically said customer privacy is “extremely important” and anything used to compromise that would sabotage trust.