Permission-greedy apps delayed Android 6 upgrade so they could harvest more user data

Permission-greedy apps delayed Android 6 upgrade so they could harvest more user data

Android app developers intentionally delayed updating their applications to work on top of Android 6.0, so they could continue to have access to an older permission-requesting mechanism that granted them easy access to large quantities of user data, research published by the University of Maryland last month has revealed.

Home Security is Going Mobile–Here’s What You Need to Know

Home Security is Going Mobile–Here’s What You Need to Know

It also means if you have a visitor or family member who has gotten locked out then you can open the door for them without coming home, or even getting off the couch.

Powerful FinSpy Spyware Found Targeting iOS and Android Users in Myanmar

Powerful FinSpy Spyware Found Targeting iOS and Android Users in Myanmar

Since some advanced functionalities require FinSpy to have root privileges on a targeted device, the implant doesn't work properly on iOS without jailbreaking, which can be achieved with physical access or remotely in combination with some zero-day vulnerabilities.

These are the sneaky new ways that Android apps are tracking you

These are the sneaky new ways that Android apps are tracking you

Egelman added that the workings of these apps often made the deception obvious to researchers: “There are many apps that we observed which try to access the data the right way through the Android API, and then, failing that, try and pull it off the file system.”.

Google Confirms Android Smartphone Security Backdoor

Google Confirms Android Smartphone Security Backdoor

Earlier this year, Forbes reported how a banking Trojan called Triada had been found on a bunch of brand new budget Android smartphones. Google has now confirmed that threat actors did, indeed, manage to compromise Android smartphones with the installation of a backdoor as part of a supply chain attack.

Germany: Backdoor found in four smartphone models; 20,000 users infected

Germany: Backdoor found in four smartphone models; 20,000 users infected

The BSI said the phones' firmware contained a backdoor trojan named Andr/Xgen2-CY.UK cyber-security firm Sophos Labs first spotted this malware strain in October 2018.

/e/ Rolls Out A Privacy-Focused Android Smartphone Line That Isn’t All Googled Up

/e/ Rolls Out A Privacy-Focused Android Smartphone Line That Isn’t All Googled Up

Many users are concerned that major tech companies like Google are stealing and sharing your data. The non-profit now plans to release refurbished smartphones with the /e/OS pre-installed. The OS is essentially a fork of Android and includes features like the default Android contact apps, clock, file manager, calculator, and keyboard.

DarkDuckGo

DarkDuckGo

Following is a quick rundown of the URL params I’m using to customize my DDG search experience for use with Tor. In After Dark fashion I’ve decided to name them “DarkDuckGo”. If you’re not using Tor Browser you can still use the params with the regular search site or even .

Android P Streamlines Location Accuracy Settings

Android P Streamlines Location Accuracy Settings

As of the first developer preview of the new OS build, the "High accuracy" setting is now active when the functionality is turned on, whereas a disabled switch will essentially have the host operate in the old "Device only" mode that only relies on GPS and doesn't use Wi-Fi and mobile networks.

Researchers Tried To Crack An Android Phone To See If FBI Could

Researchers Tried To Crack An Android Phone To See If FBI Could

Data encryption on smartphones involves a key that the phone creates by combining 1) a user’s unlock code, if any (often a four- to six-digit passcode), and 2) a long, complicated number specific to the individual device being used.

GrapheneOS is an Android-based, security-hardened, open source operating system

GrapheneOS is an Android-based, security-hardened, open source operating system

It’s called GrapheneOS, and it comes from Daniel Micay, the former lead developer of another security-based Android fork called CopperheadOS. Since it’s an open source project, independent developers may be able to port the operating system to run on additional devices.

Taking Back Our Right to Privacy

Taking Back Our Right to Privacy

You can now choose to delete any message you have sent or received from both sides in any private chat. To make your privacy complete, we’ve also introduced a way to restrict who can forward your messages.

Ad scams on Android are draining your battery and making scammers rich

Ad scams on Android are draining your battery and making scammers rich

In light of all of the technologies and services offered by Google — from its popular search engine to Android — it’s somewhat easy to forget that the vast majority of the company’s revenue — which is in excess of $100 billion annually — comes from advertising.

Preparing for Travel – Properly Backing Up Your Android Cell Phone

Preparing for Travel – Properly Backing Up Your Android Cell Phone

Wipe: Reinstall OS and Overwrite All Free Space with Garbage Data You can use the “system restore” or “factory reset” feature on a lot of phones in order to roll back all of your apps, settings, and caches to the factory defaults.

Google fined $1.7 billion over a 3rd breach of EU antitrust rules in 3 years

Google fined $1.7 billion over a 3rd breach of EU antitrust rules in 3 years

She said Google was being punished for "illegal practices in search advertising brokering to cement its dominant market position." She added: "They shouldn't do that — it denied consumers choice, innovative products, and fair prices." Specifically, Vestager's team concluded that third-party websites — such as newspapers and travel sites — that used Google to power their search and advertising features had "restrictive clauses in contracts" preventing them from hosting ads from rival search engines, according to a press release .

Google will give Android users a choice of browser and search engine in Europe

Google will give Android users a choice of browser and search engine in Europe

Related Google is unbundling Android apps: all the news about the EU’s antitrust ruling “On Android phones, you’ve always been able to install any search engine or browser you want, irrespective of what came pre-installed on the phone when you bought it,” Walker says.

Android Q to get a ton of new privacy features

Android Q to get a ton of new privacy features

Despite security researchers proving that they can still track devices with randomized MAC addresses, supporting this feature will reduce the efficiency of some data harvesting and user tracking operations.

Location Services: GPS-only no longer protects your privacy on Android 9 “Pie”, Huawei / Honor 10

Location Services: GPS-only no longer protects your privacy on Android 9 “Pie”, Huawei / Honor 10

Having agreed all this data collection, note that you can still turn off wi-fi scanning and Bluetooth scanning in the advanced settings of Google location services.

Your Smart Scale is Leaking More than Your Weight: Privacy Issues in IoT

Your Smart Scale is Leaking More than Your Weight: Privacy Issues in IoT

Changing privacy settings (Medium – CVSS 5.3) Possible attack scenario: A malicious user – within BLE range – could track the victim because the device keeps the MAC address fixed due to a configuration in the Generic Attribute Profile (GATT).

Facebook now lets you block background location tracking on Android

Facebook now lets you block background location tracking on Android

The update comes just days after CNBC reported that Facebook’s security team had used location information to track missing interns and users deemed to be threats.

Microsoft brings Windows Timeline support to Chrome with Web Activities extension

Microsoft brings Windows Timeline support to Chrome with Web Activities extension

The Timeline feature of Windows 10 makes it easier to work on multiple computers by synchronizing activity so you can move between machines and pick up from where you left off -- although it can also prove useful on a single computer.

Android App with Facebook API Copied and Insecurely Stored User Data

Android App with Facebook API Copied and Insecurely Stored User Data

Android App with Facebook API Copied User Data The issue was reported to Facebook through their Data Abuse Bounty program, and the storage locations were secured in November last year.

My phone serves me 400+ ads and trackers per hour. Blokada, the best android adblocker, beats 'm all!

My phone serves me 400+ ads and trackers per hour. Blokada, the best android adblocker, beats 'm all!

The new phone has Android, which allowed me to install a system wide adblocker, Blokada. To my big surprise after three days of using my phone (after everything was set up and transferred), Blokada blocked almost 5000 (five-thousand!) advertisements and tracking requests.

The 8 Best Private Browsers for Phones and Tablets

The 8 Best Private Browsers for Phones and Tablets

Red Onion Available on: iPhone and iPad Let’s switch tack and have a look at some browsers that let you access the Tor network and the dark web.

How to Completely Banish Google from Your Android Experience

How to Completely Banish Google from Your Android Experience

Step 2: Install a Google Play Store Replacement With your Google account banished, you've probably started to wonder how you'll get apps on your device.

Twitter bug revealed some Android users’ private tweets

Twitter bug revealed some Android users’ private tweets

The company says that the issue impacted Twitter for Android users who made certain account changes while the “Protect your Tweets” option was turned on. We’ve become aware of and fixed an issue where the “Protect your Tweets” setting was disabled on Twitter for Android.

Eldridgea/erised: Adblocking DNS-Over-TLS Proxy

Eldridgea/erised: Adblocking DNS-Over-TLS Proxy

ERISED A project to only see what you want to see. This is a project with the goal of blocking unwanted ads, trackers, etc across an entire operating system (web and apps). Note: This currently deploys the Caddy container using a Caddy install using a Personal License.

Can't unlock an Android phone? No problem, just take a Skype call: App allows passcode bypass

Can't unlock an Android phone? No problem, just take a Skype call: App allows passcode bypass

Bug-hunter Florian Kunushevci today told The Register the security flaw, which has been reported to Microsoft, allows the person in possession of someone's phone to receive a Skype call, answer it without unlocking the handset, and then view photos, look up contacts, send a message, and open the browser by tapping links in a sent message, all without ever unlocking the phone.

'Nine in ten' Android apps send data to Google

'Nine in ten' Android apps send data to Google

A new study has revealed that 90 per cent of all Android applications share personal data to Google, raising questions about the volume of information collected by ad-supported software and the ability for tech giants to create profiles of individuals.

Your apps are tracking you — here’s how to stop them

Your apps are tracking you — here’s how to stop them

That could be the only path to protecting users’ privacy, because it is not in the commercial interest of corporations like Google and Apple to limit data used by these apps, said Rishi Bhargava, Co-founder at Demisto, a Cupertino, Calif.-based provider of security technology company.

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