Google IO 2016 Coverage

Deutsche Telekom disables MMS auto-retrieval until the StageFright exploit is patched

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You’ve probably heard about the latest Android vulnerability that apparently affects over 900 million Android devices. It’s called StageFright, and the worry is that malware can be embedded in a video that could then run roughshod in your device without you initiating any action whatsoever. The malware ridden video would be sent by MMS and your device would download it automatically, thanks to the auto retrieve setting being ticked in settings of the messaging app. While most carriers are waiting for phone manufacturers to issue software patches to block the exploit, Germany’s Deutsche Telekom is taking a more pro-active approach by disabling the MMS auto-retrieve function itself.

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Baidu launches new DU Privacy Vault app

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Earlier today, Baido released a new security application in the Play Store called DU Privacy Vault. The app provides a simple and organized way to help Android users lock applications for their personal use. The app can also be used to hide certain photos and videos with a passcode. Once a passcode is set, the user will be prompted to enter it whenever they are trying to gain access to those files. For example, when your friend or child asks to use your phone or tablet, you no longer need to worry about them snooping around to private apps and media.

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Samsung stepping up mobile security on the Galaxy Note 5

Samsung_Galaxy_Note_Edge_Front_Home_Button_TAWe’ve got another rumor to throw on top of the Galaxy Note 5 pile. Samsung is reportedly working on increasing mobile security in a handful of ways on the Note 5, including an improved security suite, a better fingerprint scanner, and a new trick that will link security elements to the phone’s processor.

Samsung has always taken security pretty seriously, which is evident by how many high-end phones they ship with KNOX on board, so these rumors seem pretty likely at this point. Read more

Tons of popular apps can have their passwords cracked

best-apps-2014-google-playAccording to AppBugs many popular apps on iOS or Android are vulnerable to password cracking. Very big name apps such as Walmart, ESPN, Pocket, CNN, Slack, SoundCloud, etc. Appbugs testing suggest these apps are subject to brute force attacks. That means an attacker can make unlimited login attempts to a web service until the users password is found.

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Geeksphone quits making smartphones, leaves its Multi-OS platform in the hands of the community

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Remember Geeksphone, Spain’s first smartphone manufacturer that developed a MultiOS platform allowing you to choose when you want to use Google’s Android, Mozilla’s Boot2Gecko or another community developed operating system on its handsets? Well, today Geeksphone has announced it will quit making smartphones and leave further development of its MultiOS software in the hands of its community.

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Samsung prepping security update for SwiftKey keyboard vulnerability

Samsung_Galaxy_S6_Edge_Right_Edge_Slanted_01_TAEarlier today, a massive security exploit involving Samsung’s default SwiftKey keyboard spread across the internet like wildfire showing the dangers of manufacturers pre-loading third-party software on their phones. The vulnerability was pretty obscure and wouldn’t affect everyone with a Samsung device, but it was still a fairly serious exploit Fortunately, Samsung has issued a relatively quick response about the whole situation.

Samsung has stated that they’re working on a fix, and it will be deployed through a security policy update via Knox. The vulnerability was based in how language packs for Samsung’s SwiftKey-backed keyboard were updated, and doesn’t affect the normal version of SwiftKey that you may have downloaded through the Play Store.  Read more