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Pixel won’t get KRACK fix until December, but is that really a big deal?

posted onNovember 10, 2017
by l33tdawg

In October, security researchers discovered a major vulnerability in a Wi-Fi's WPA2 security called "KRACK." This "Key Reinstallation Attack" can disrupt the initial encryption handshake that happens when an access point and a device first connect, allowing an attacker to read information assumed to be securely encrypted. It's possible to totally defeat WPA2 encryption using KRACK, allowing a third party to sniff all the Wi-Fi packets you're sending out.

​The 10 best ways to secure your Android phone

posted onNovember 6, 2017
by l33tdawg

The most secure smartphones are Android smartphones. Don't buy that? Apple's latest version of iOS 11 was cracked a day -- a day! -- after it was released.

So Android is perfect? Heck no!

Android is under constant attack and older versions are far more vulnerable than new ones. Way too many smartphone vendors still don't issue Google's monthly Android security patches in a timely fashion, or at all. And, zero-day attacks still pop up.

So, what can you do to protect yourself? A lot actually.

Android 8.0 Oreo, thoroughly reviewed

posted onSeptember 6, 2017
by l33tdawg

Android 8.0 Oreo is the 26th version of the world's most popular operating system. This year, Google's mobile-and-everything-else OS hit two billion monthly active users—and that's just counting phones and tablets. What can all those users expect from the new version? In an interview with Ars earlier this year, Android's VP of engineering Dave Burke said that the 8.0 release would be about "foundation and fundamentals." His team was guided by a single question: "What are we doing to Android to make sure Android is in a great place in the next 5 to 10 years?"

Looking for a Way to Fix Google Pixel Audio Issues? Install Latest Security Patch

posted onFebruary 7, 2017
by l33tdawg

Since the launch of Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL phones, we have seen a number of issues popping up. One of the most reported problems has probably been the audio distortion issue at higher volumes. While there were several arguments whether this was a hardware issue, yesterday’s Android 7.1.1 Nougat February security patch has apparently resolved the issue.

'Quadrooter' security flaws said to affect over 900 million Android devices

posted onAugust 7, 2016
by l33tdawg

Four newly-discovered vulnerabilities found in Android phones and tablets that ship with a Qualcomm chip could allow an attacker to take complete control of an affected device.

The set of vulnerabilities, dubbed "Quadrooter," affects over 900 million phone and tablets, according to Check Point researchers who discovered the flaws.

Stagefright Exploit A Danger To Android Devices Again

posted onMarch 21, 2016
by l33tdawg

It looks like the Stagefright flaw is a modern day horror movie franchise for Android device users, as it has returned yet again, retaining its status of being a real and consistent danger on affected devices. This is despite promises from Google to have fixed the Stagefright flaw prior.

Android banking trojan uses Flash to pinch your money

posted onMarch 11, 2016
by l33tdawg

THE INSECURITY foghorn at security firm ESET has alerted people who bank online that they might be tricked by hackers using Flash shenanigans to trojan their way into finances.

Banking, malware and Flash are three security buzzwords, and a coming together of them is like a plague of locusts. Fortunately the attacks are rather limited in their geographies, according to ESET, and mostly bother customers of large banks in Australia, New Zealand and Turkey.

Hands-on with Android N: Increased customization, better notifications, and more

posted onMarch 11, 2016
by l33tdawg

The Android N Developer Preview is out, bringing split screen and a redesigned notification panel among many new Android tweaks. How much more new stuff is what we're here to find out. We already covered the biggest addition—split screen mode—but with the dev preview flashed on a device, we set out to see what else Android N had in store.