Vulnerability in Chrome could allow attackers to take control of Android devices


In Tokyo, Japan, at the PacSec conference, security researcher Guang Gong revealed an exploit he developed over the past three months that enables a hacker to take control of an Android phone with no user interaction outside of clinking on a link in the Chrome browser. The exploit targets the JavaScript v8 engine in order to open the device up to delivery and installation of malicious code. Read more

Here’s how BlackBerry makes Android more secure on the Priv

BlackBerry_Priv_Android_smartphone (2)BlackBerry has been going on and on about everything its upcoming Android-powered slider can do, from faster to typing to a fantastic camera, but if you’re considering purchasing another BlackBerry device, you’re probably doing it for the privacy and security that BlackBerry has always offered. Fortunately, BlackBerry still remembers their roots and they’re not planning on ditching that for the Priv. Read more

LINE messaging app announces End-to-End Encryption feature


If you are looking for a messaging platform that can provide end-to-end encryption from a variety of platforms, you may want to check out LINE. The messaging client is receiving a new security feature called Letter Sealing that enables users to apply encryption on messages sent from the desktop as well as on the mobile client on both Android and iOS. LINE claims they are the first provider to offer this level of security combined with flexiblity to end users. Read more

Blackberry continues security focus with Good Technology acquisition


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

How to set up the fingerprint scanner on a Samsung device


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.

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Security hole found in Samsung smart fridges


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