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    It's a new month, and you know what that means: Groundhog Day is nearly here! Well, that, but also Google's latest series of Android security updates is hitting the Nexus family of devices. This afternoon we see an influx of newly updated factory images landing for the whole Nexus series of phones, tablets, and set-top boxes, as Google simultaneously posts its list of security vulnerabilities being addressed by these new releases. All told, Google's patching five vulnerabilities it considers critical, as well as just as many issues classified as lower severity – though a number of those ...

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    It gives wibbly weather reports even those at the Met Office in London would tsk at. And it bothers users every so often with battery consumption notices, just like many a Chinese Android phone. You can probably tell that we are editorially not in favor of LG's Smart Notice widget, found on its major Android flagships from the past several years. But on the LG G3, the widget was more than just unfavorable: according to two security firms, Smart Notice lacked a security check feature when passing on new contact notifications to the user. Malicious types would be able to insert code that ...

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    While a lousy password can work as an open invitation for the most inept hackers to take an unauthorized gander at your personal and technically confidential information, using no password whatsoever to protect your devices and data is even worse. You’d think everybody knows that, yet according to Duo Analytics, no less than 1 in 3 Androids snub standard lock screen passcode security. That’s around 33 percent of a pretty large sample surveyed by the Duo Labs team, while only 1 in 20 Apple devices lack this basic measure of sealing one’s apps and especially web browsing info. Of ...

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    Since the world’s largest online social networking service insists on its users declaring their real names upon opening an account, you’d think Facebook is generally opposed to privacy-protecting software like Tor. But anonymous browsing, communication and socialization has been permitted on desktops for close to two years now, and up next, FB intends to let Android enthusiasts do the same. For the time being, you’ll need to jump through a few hoops to get The Onion Router protocol up and running on your phone, and also keep your expectations low regarding the service’s stability ...

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    Device security and data privacy have long been a part of CyanogenMod’s open-source, customizable and continuously improving Android vision, although running a CM nightly build can often be risky from a number of standpoints. More so now that WhisperPush capabilities are disabled in Marshmallow-based CM13, unless you opt for the equally secure Signal app Edward Snowden himself commended in the recent past. In case you weren’t aware, WhisperPush was integrated into CyanogenMod starting way back in December 2013 to ensure your text messages were always encrypted and no outsider had ...

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    It’s no longer just the UK government that wants backdoors implemented into all of today’s smartphones for “safety” and terrorism-opposing reasons, as soon enough, New Yorkers may not be able to buy or lease fully encrypted handhelds in the fourth-most populous American state anymore. If a piece of legislation currently in debate at the NY state assembly is ultimately passed, “any smartphone that is manufactured on or after January First, Two Thousand Sixteen, and sold or leased in New York, shall be capable of being decrypted and unlocked by its manufacturer or its operating ...

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    There are few people who are in the know of how sideloading basically works. Those who are trying to find an app outside of the traditional (and official) stores will find third-party marketplaces and entities like APKMirror useful. iOS users who wanted to sideload apps have traditionally gone to jailbreaking to get to app markets. One such marketplace, vShare, recently got hold of an Enterprise App distribution certificate, signed by Apple. These certificates allow companies to operate their own app stores, typically for employees to use. vShare is marketing itself now as available to iOS ...

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    Warning to our crew headed over to Las Vegas: pack light if you're headed onto the floor. After terrorist attacks on several soft targets around the world and a going rate of more than one mass shooting event every day in the United States, it seems that the Consumer Technology Association wants to play it extremely safe running CES this year. That means mandatory bag checks by hand, security scan queues, bomb-sniffing dogs and police armed to the nines while the show is going on January 6-9. Further, visitors are limited to two bags measuring less than 12 x 17 x 6 inches and both must not ...

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    HTC promised short lead times for the One A9's Android updates. 15 days, in fact. Turns out that BlackBerry's running on its own speedy pace, too. We told you about the unlocked BlackBerry Priv notching its first security update on December 1. It's been 14 days since then and we now see AT&T coming up with its tailored-update. All the same camera and performance improvements touted with the initial release are here in the Big Orange flavor. Today's also the day when BlackBerry's suite of apps get its updates on the Play Store. Canadian carriers Bell, Telus and Rogers sent out OTAs on ...

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    After several software builds dedicated almost entirely to removing system lag and taking full advantage of the super-advanced smartphone components nowadays, Google wants Marshmallow to solve two other major historical issues for Android. On one hand, there’s the battery life inconvenience, with Doze mode by far the handiest add-on in version 6.0, while on the other, you have security, haunted by Stagefright shadows, as well as a general sentiment of uncertainty. So, what exactly is Big G doing to close the safety and data privacy gaps to Windows Phone and iOS? First and foremost, ...

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    By embracing Android after years of doing its own software thing from the ground up, BlackBerry arguably took a great gamble. A necessary one, but a risk nonetheless, considering among others the Canadian company’s rock-solid security reputation and the growing malware issues of Google’s otherwise successful mobile platform. The BlackBerry Priv unsurprisingly looks flawed at a first glance, yet as far as data privacy is concerned, its makers insist it’s the best of the best. Yes, even better than 6.0 Marshmallow-powered Nexuses, despite technically running an “obsolete” Android ...

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    When you're working in law enforcement, smartphone security can be a double-edged sword. Sure, strong security measures can keep user information safe and reduce the value of stolen hardware, helping to deter thieves. But at the same time, sometimes that security is so good as to effectively lock the police out as well – a real problem for them when they suspect a handset is hiding evidence within. As we've already heard, Apple devices running recent software are quite secure, such that encrypted phones can't be accessed by Apple even if a court tried to compel the company. In case you ...

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    It only takes one. We're not talking about Lay's potato chips or crisps. We're tailing off a breach at the world's largest consumer credit agency that affected 15 million T-Mobile customers. There's now another security hole that Big Magenta's subsidiary, prepaid carrier MetroPCS, has just finished patching up. But if you're one of the 10 million customers that had their data so easily accessible, there's little comfort in finding out that the hole was a "pretty bad f*ckup on MetroPCS's side." That comment comes from one hacker who found a similar bug at AT&T's site in 2010 which ...

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    Ice is cold, the sky is blue, Donald Trump will never win a meaningful election in his life, and due to its open nature, the Android ecosystem is far more vulnerable to various security exploits than iOS or Windows Phone. It’s wise to question everything, yet the above feel like certain facts for most of you, despite numerous arguments supplied against Android’s so-called malware problem. Of course, that was before the Stagefright bugs came to light, and as committed as Google seems to rolling out frequent maintenance updates, you remain convinced the closed iOS app development process ...

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    Not all hackers are vicious, antisocial, anarchy-loving people who only find pleasure in wreaking havoc upon government servers, TV studios and the personal lives of careless smartphone users with nude pics out in the open. In fact, many skilled computer specialists choose to lend their talents in the service of the greater good (for a price), discovering security vulnerabilities before black hat hackers. One such white hat “penetration tester” recently sat down with What Mobile Magazine, confessing among others he’s found Windows Phone trickiest to infiltrate of all of the world’s ...

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    Just three years after purchasing the nichey business from Nokia, and a little over a month on the heels of the high-end Signature Touch announcement, private Swedish equity group EQT decided to cash in on Vertu. Or perhaps salvage what was left of the 2012 €200m investment, as only around 450,000 of these opulent, ultra-expensive phones were sold in the company’s entire 13-year existence. Granted, you have to assume the profit margins on a $10K 2015 Signature Touch, $6,000 Constellation, or $9,000+ Ti greatly exceed even Apple’s famously hefty per-unit gains. Still, you’d need to ...

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    For many a modern-day hero, for some an old-fashioned anarchist and traitor, for all a seasoned computer professional obsessed with encrypted communication services. NSA whistleblower and former CIA employee Edward Snowden is a lot of things to a lot of people, but if you’re as anal as him about keeping your voice calls and texts away from prying ears and eyes, a free mobile app dubbed Signal should put all concerns to bed. Rolled out to iOS back in March, the private messenger client can now be installed on Android devices as well through Google’s Play Store. Hopefully, law ...

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    Halloween approaches. You're meeting up with friends at the bar, all dressed up for some disorienting fun. So disorienting, you might drop your phone off somewhere strange. If some swiper is so inclined, he or she will have a better-than-half chance of cracking into your phone and compromising your data. Statistically, at least. Mobile security firm Skycure is out with its Q3 threat survey. We can't say that surveyors didn't threaten anyone in order for them to take the survey, because we didn't ask. In all seriousness, the first startling factoid hits us all hard: 52 percent of mobile ...

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    Undaunted by the other side of the data privacy coin, as well as an older proposal for a nationwide ban on encrypted chat services in the UK, the developers of the instant communication app Line have finally introduced “Letter Sealing.” Remember, US President Obama himself admitted being unable to penetrate a phone’s security shield was “a problem” for the American authorities, which didn’t stop Line from going one step further than WhatsApp, iMessage or Snapchat in protecting the customer. With Letter Sealing, the over 210 million active Line users get the guarantee of free ...

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    The world is full of malice, scheming, bugs and hacks. The surface topic that the public has gotten to know this summer was the Stagefright vulnerability on Android, now in a second form that has sadly gotten less attention. The remedies for these sore points come in the form of patches and software updates that, like a bothersome child or a large public works project left to rot, get shirked off, ignored or shunned altogether. Carriers and OEMs would rather put the arm grease into something new rather than just maintenance. The end user — heck, some of us at Pocketnow — would rather ...

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    We've spent hours on the subject of data transmission security and device security on this site. We've reviewed BlackBerry after BlackBerry and a Blackphone, too — with another one out there that we'd might want in our review labs. A lot of us treasure hiding data from our adversaries and our nightmares, whoever or whatever they are. But in the case of smartphone encryption, you could end up causing a nightmare for if not yourself, then your family and the people that would fight for you. Let's be clear that the majority of smartphones encrypted and picked up by law enforcement come from ...

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    The pager has long been outshined by the smartphone in terms of usefulness in the hospital. After all, you can send pictures to the people who need them. But the fact that SMS and MMS missives are work- and immediacy-friendlier than emails or web-based messengers means that the data doctors and nurses trade isn't encrypted and not that secure. A survey just published in peer-reviewed journal BMJ Innovations focuses on nurses' and doctors' usage of smartphones in five hospitals at a London NHS Trust. About 98 percent of doctors and 95 percent of nurses responding said that they own a ...

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    We can talk about mobile privacy and security all we want. We can talk about keeping the data on our phones safe, be it that you're on the side of BlackBerry, Blackphone or whatever else. But you can't really prepare for when the carrier you signed your phone up with has its data centers hacked into. So is the case for T-Mobile customers. Experian — the world's largest consumer credit ratings agency — notified T-Mobile this afternoon of a breach that may have compromised encrypted data of about 15 million customers. The breach took place in a server not in Experian's consumer credit ...

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    Primarily concerned with hyping the new Nexus handheld pair, consisting of a high-end Huawei phablet and slightly humbler LG 5.2-incher, as well as a redesigned Chromecast and Chromecast Audio, plus teasing the Pixel C Surface rival, Google largely neglected its biggest software launch yesterday. Granted, Android 6.0 Marshmallow’s ETA on older Nexus family members was disclosed, but other than that, Lollipop’s sequel merely came up in passing during the San Francisco press conference. Of course, we already knew everything there is to know about the latest mobile OS build, except a ...

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    Privacy and security are two major ingredients in the cutthroat world of enterprise technology. BlackBerry's been all about it, so has BlackPhone. Fingerprint scanners are here as a natural evolution of the curiosity in the field of mobile data protection. But whatever you do, if you end up in court for whatever reason and your phone is submitted for evidence, you don't have to surrender one of the most basic security measures ever: your passcode. US District Judge Mark Kearney of Pennsylvania issued an opinion within the SEC-filed case against former Capital One employees who traded based ...

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