Do you receive monthly security updates on your phone?

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Apart from the annual Android updates, Google releases security updates every month. These correct flaws in the system. The objective is to ensure continued protection for users and to react quickly to security problems that could arise. Now, to make sure that the Android platform stays secure, Google has a monthly security update program for all devices running on Android. This program has three stages: First, there is the development stage. Having identified the flaws, Google engineers develop the update and prepare it for testing. Next comes the testing phase.…

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Here’s how to set up Android Smart Lock

Smart Lock

Locking our smartphones to prevent unauthorized access is pretty much a no-brainer. However, unlocking said smartphones tends to be monotonous, and sometimes difficult. But if you own a relatively new Android smartphone, you do not need to bother with such issues. A new feature, known as Smart Lock, can automatically unlock your phone without prompting you to do anything. Here’s everything you need to know about Android Smart Lock: HOW TO ENABLE SMART LOCK Google introduced Smart Lock with Android 5.0 Lollipop version, and since then it has evolved. This…

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New smartphone security flaw attacks phones’ WiFi chip

Security flaw

Despite Apple’s and Google’s best efforts to keep our smartphones safe, new smartphone vulnerabilities keep coming up. Most times, these are exclusive to a device, or perhaps several versions of a device’s firmware, and these are usually dealt with swiftly. However, there’s a new security flaw has been discovered that goes beyond operating systems and delivers malware in a way that has not been seen before. This security flaw attacks a phone’s Wi-Fi chip. Now, because multiple manufacturers source their wireless equipment from the same company, t can be carried…

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Voice recognition needs to catch up with iris and fingerprint

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Voice recognition technology allows mobile users to interact with their smartphones. It can be very useful in situations where one is unable to use hands. However, it needs to catch up with iris and fingerprint recognition technologies. Think of fingerprint and iris recognition technologies. They provide a means of unique identification. Only specified fingerprints or eyes will unlock your phone. Voice recognition needs to step up to that level of authentication. At the moment, almost anyone can control your smartphone with their voice. One common complaint among users of voice…

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One reason why you should secure your smartphone with a password

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You may have been nonchalant about the security of your smartphone, after all, you have nothing to hide; right? If you do not have a password, pass lock or some other form of lock on your smartphone, let me illustrate why you should secure your smartphone with one of those features from now on. For starters, you are probably already signed into your email and maybe some other accounts on your smartphone. This means that anyone who gets their hands on it gets access to those accounts – Gmail, Outlook,…

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Stagefright strikes again!! Attacks all Androids through fishy audio files

Around August this year, we reported about a malware called Stagefright. This malware attacked Android devices merely through a malicious text message or MMS. The tech space panicked, Google alongside other manufacturers rushed to provide security patches to fix the bug. Same virus has struck again in another form. Stagefright 2.0 as it’s called poses a set of two vulnerabilities that manifests when processing specially crafted MP3 audio or MP4 video files. While your devices processes these corrupted files, certain arbitrary codes can be executed. This malware sits in the metadata within…

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Top 15 tourist spots where your smartphone is likely to get hacked

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SkyCure recently released a mobile security study that shows cyber-crime is concentrated in areas of high traffic, particularly the world’s top tourist destinations such as those identified by Travel & Leisure — including Times Square, Disneyland Parks and Union Station in Washington, D.C. They have put together an infographic detailing the top 15 dangerous spots for smartphone users, as well as the safest five locations. Here is the full infographic (click on it to see the full sized image): They did say that the list is based on the world’s…

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