Although Blackberry has fallen on some tough times since their heyday over a decade ago, they are still leaders in security solutions for enterprises that need to maintain mobile platforms for their workforce. Blackberry announced this week that they have acquired Good Technology for $425 million cash in order to continue their strategy of helping enterprises improve security no matter what kind of platform or operating system they deploy. Read more
Security, sound, and video. That’s the focus for a software update T-Mobile is pushing to its LG G4.
Qualcomm has announced a new anti-malware service for devices using the upcoming Snapdragon 820 processor that takes a more proactive approach towards malicious apps and downloads. While most anti-malware scanners compare results from a static database, Qualcomm’s approach dynamically checks transformed malware, too. Read more
Most hardware manufacturers are apparently still not sold on the value of fingerprint scanners being included with mobile devices. Only Samsung and Apple have consistently pushed flagship phones and tablets with the technology that enhances security. Samsung started including a fingerprint scanner in 2014 with the Galaxy S5 while Apple has been doing so since the release of the iPhone 5S in 2013. Both companies are seeing users enjoy the component because of the various ways a fingerprint scanner can be used. Want to bypass the lock screen by placing your finger on the home button? Go right ahead. Don’t care for remembering login creditals for every site you visit? Then store them with your fingerprint. Fingerprint scanning is only the beginning of how biometrics is changing the world.
In 2015 alone, Samsung has released five devices that offer a fingerprint scanner — the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge+, and Galaxy Tab S2. Setting up the fingerprint scanner on each of them is the same. So here we are going to show you how to start using your fingerprint as a way to beef up security and get things done quicker.
Hit the break for directions.
Some testing recently conducted by Pen Test Partners revealed a man-in-the-middle vulnerability in Samsung smart fridges that could be used to hack into a user’s Gmail account. The Samsung refrigerator that was tested has Wi-Fi capability that among other things, allows a user to display their Gmail calendar on the screen. The Pen Test Partners’ testing showed that although Samsung implemented a Secure Sockets Layer for connections, the fridge was not validating certificates leaving it vulnerable to attack. Read more
While many OnePlus 2 fans are still waiting to get their hands on an actual device thanks to the slow rollout of invites, OnePlus has been busy with its OxygenOS firmware, announcing its first over-the-air (OTA) update that bumps the firmware to version 2.0.1. The OTA includes security patches, bug fixes and other improvements, and we have the changelog after the break.
OnePlus recently announced that it is slowing down the rate at which it issues invites for its 2016 flagship killer, the OnePlus 2, which isn’t great news for its fans. But, on the other hand, it has also just announced that it’s released a firmware update for the OnePlus One to deal with the marauding StageFright exploit. And that is good.
Joining a list of companies shaken by the Stagefright vulnerability on Android, LG has announced they will be implementing a new policy to issue security updates on a monthly basis. This strategy is similar to one recently announced by Google for their Nexus devices as well as other smartphone manufacturers like Samsung. Read more
LG can now proudly say their current flagship, the G4, is officially secure enough for use in the US government after passing some pretty strict testing.
The device meets the US National Security Agency’s National Information Assurance Partnership standards, certifying it for use in over 25 countries, including the US. It meets international security standards as well as the US government’s Cryptographic Modules standards, which is a pretty big accomplishment and opens up a large new market for the G4. Read more
Amid the concerns of Android’s Stagefright vulnerability, Google has commented on the protection of its own devices. Nexus devices ranging from the Nexus 7 to the Nexus 6 will now be covered by monthly security updates. The company pointed out that Android being open source means that potential security risks can be identified and addressed by anyone to strengthen the platform.