The Private Internet Access Android app is being open sourced

The Private Internet Access Android app is being open sourced

Private Internet Access (PIA) is open sourcing its Android VPN app and dependencies code to the public as part of its commitment to open sourcing all clients in the name of transparency and privacy.

Critical Bluetooth Vulnerability in Android (CVE-2020-0022)

Critical Bluetooth Vulnerability in Android (CVE-2020-0022)

If you have no patch available yet or your device is not supported anymore, you can try to mitigate the impact by some generic behavior rules: Only enable Bluetooth if strictly necessary.

Android User Warning: Here Are 24 ‘Dangerous’ Apps With A Dark Secret—And 382 Million Installs

Android User Warning: Here Are 24 ‘Dangerous’ Apps With A Dark Secret—And 382 Million Installs

And so the team says it decided to investigate, finding links to a Chinese company called Shenzhen HAWK that is “secretly” behind Hi Security as well as four other app developers.

Telegram Founder on WhatsApp Hacks: Backdoors Are Camouflaged as Security Flaws

Telegram Founder on WhatsApp Hacks: Backdoors Are Camouflaged as Security Flaws

Durov says that despite iOS devices having “loads of privacy-related issues,”, WhatsApp is the culprit here, as the corrupt video vulnerability exposes not only iPhones, but also Android and Windows Phone devices.

Background location tracking down 68% after iOS 13 launch- 9to5Mac

Background location tracking down 68% after iOS 13 launch- 9to5Mac

Like iOS, Android 10 also alerts users when an existing app collects location data in the background and provides a shortcut to stop the app from doing so.

Privacy activists beg Google to ban un-removable bloatware from Android

Privacy activists beg Google to ban un-removable bloatware from Android

The concern surrounding bloatware hinges on the fact they exist without the standard Android security model, with pre-installed apps able to access the microphone, camera, and location by default.The letter calls on Google to allow users to remove pre-installed bloatware, including all related background services.

Grindr and OkCupid Spread Personal Details, Study Says

Grindr and OkCupid Spread Personal Details, Study Says

Popular dating services like Grindr, OkCupid and Tinder are spreading user information like dating choices and precise location to advertising and marketing companies in ways that may violate privacy laws, according to a new report that examined some of the world’s most downloaded Android apps.

DuckDuckGo is Now a Default Search Engine Option on Android in the EU

DuckDuckGo is Now a Default Search Engine Option on Android in the EU

DuckDuckGo will soon be offered as an option for default search engine on Android devices across the EU.European regulators are forcing Google to present Android users with the option to choose their own default search engine.

Open Contacts  -  F-Droid - Free and Open Source Android App Repository

Open Contacts - F-Droid - Free and Open Source Android App Repository

read the contents of your shared storage.Allows the app to read the contents of your shared storage.Allows the app to write the contents of your shared storage.Allows the app to access the phone features of the device.

US Government-funded Android phones come preinstalled with unremovable malware

US Government-funded Android phones come preinstalled with unremovable malware

An Android phone subsidized by the US government for low-income users comes preinstalled with malware that can't be removed without making the device cease to work, researchers reported on Thursday.

Android community worried about presence of “Chinese spyware” by Qihoo 360 in Samsung smartphones and tablets

Android community worried about presence of “Chinese spyware” by Qihoo 360 in Samsung smartphones and tablets

Prompted by the post, many users noticed that the storage scanner in the Device Care section included a little note: “powered by 360.” Even in China, Qihoo 360 is well known for its past privacy transgressions and controversies and it’s understandable why Samsung users would be incredibly concerned that anything at all from Qihoo is preinstalled on their phone.

United States government-funded phones come pre-installed with unremovable malware

United States government-funded phones come pre-installed with unremovable malware

It’s with great frustration that I must write about yet another unremovable pre-installed malicious app found on the UMX U686CL phone: the mobile device’s own Settings app functions as a heavily-obfuscated malware we detect as Android/Trojan.

Armed and Ready: How Your Data Is Being 'Weaponized' Against You

Armed and Ready: How Your Data Is Being 'Weaponized' Against You

All new Android users are asked if they would like to switch on Google Now. According to the product page, Google Now gives you the “right information at just the right time” and the “information that you need throughout your day, before you even ask.” Based on usage, Google Now aims to pre-empt your consciousness and present to you the data it thinks you will look for before you ask for it.

A Twitter app bug was used to match 17 million phone numbers to user accounts

A Twitter app bug was used to match 17 million phone numbers to user accounts

A security researcher said he has matched 17 million phone numbers to user accounts by exploiting a flaw in Twitter’s Android app.He said Twitter’s contact upload feature doesn’t accept lists of phone numbers in sequential format — likely as a way to prevent this kind of matching.

It Seemed Like a Popular Chat App. It’s Secretly a Spy Tool.

It Seemed Like a Popular Chat App. It’s Secretly a Spy Tool.

ToTok is a cleverly designed tool for mass surveillance, according to the technical analysis and interviews, in that it functions much like the myriad other Apple and Android apps that track users’ location and contacts.

Location data: How much do wireless carriers keep?

Location data: How much do wireless carriers keep?

But the primary way iOS 13 and Android 10 do that – a notification to warn that one application or another has been getting your location when you weren’t using that app – only tells part of that privacy story.

Google Confirms Android Camera Security Threat: ‘Hundreds Of Millions’ Of Users Affected

Google Confirms Android Camera Security Threat: ‘Hundreds Of Millions’ Of Users Affected

“Our team found a way of manipulating specific actions and intents,” Erez Yalon, director of security research at Checkmarx said, “making it possible for any application, without specific permissions, to control the Google Camera app.

Google will make file manager devs submit a form to get broad file storage access in Android 11

Google will make file manager devs submit a form to get broad file storage access in Android 11

This means that file managers will have to ask Google for permission to access the external storage, much like how apps requesting SMS/Call Log permissions have to ask Google.

New 5G flaws can track phone locations and spoof emergency alerts

New 5G flaws can track phone locations and spoof emergency alerts

Last week, the researchers found several security flaws in the baseband protocol of popular Android models — including Huawei’s Nexus 6P and Samsung’s Galaxy S8+ — making them vulnerable to snooping attacks on their owners.

Popular Android phones can be tricked into snooping on their owners

Popular Android phones can be tricked into snooping on their owners

“The impact of these attacks ranges from sensitive user information exposure to complete service disruption,” said Syed Rafiul Hussain and Imtiaz Karim, two co-authors of the research, in an email to TechCrunch.

Many Popular Smartphones Vulnerable to Actively Exploited Zero-Day Android Flaw

Many Popular Smartphones Vulnerable to Actively Exploited Zero-Day Android Flaw

A zero-day flaw in the Android operating system used by some of the most popular mobile phones on the market is being exploited in real-world attacks.Since malicious apps can find their way into the Google Play Store, app downloads should be limited as far as possible until the flaw has been patched.

Google Maps Just Introduced a Stealthy New Feature That Users Will Totally Love. (There's Just 1 Catch)

Google Maps Just Introduced a Stealthy New Feature That Users Will Totally Love. (There's Just 1 Catch)

That said, as big a deal as this was, on Friday, Google Maps announced it's finally started to roll out something more consequential in the long run: Incognito Mode.Back in May, Google had said Incognito Mode would be rolling out on Android first, followed by a version for iPhone.

Is Knox Enough For Privacy Protection Of Samsung Users

Is Knox Enough For Privacy Protection Of Samsung Users

One of the simplest yet effective measures for better privacy on smartphones, and thus ultimately for the enterprise, is to use the best VPN apps for Android.

Android Users: Update Signal Now to Prevent Eavesdropping

Android Users: Update Signal Now to Prevent Eavesdropping

Photo: ShutterstockAccording to a late-September bug report from Google’s Project Zero team, an issue with the popular covert messaging app Signal, on Android, allowed any attacker to essentially eavesdrop on a person’s device (via audio, not video).

Inexpensive, unpatched phones put billions of users’ privacy at risk

Inexpensive, unpatched phones put billions of users’ privacy at risk

Billions of users in both developing and mature economies to whom the price tag puts a high-end phone out of reach still have access to lower-spec devices.Nearly all of the lower-end phones available worldwide run Android, giving Google's OS a greater than 80% market share globally.

Androids And iPhones Hacked With Just One WhatsApp Click — And Tibetans Are Under Assault

Androids And iPhones Hacked With Just One WhatsApp Click — And Tibetans Are Under Assault

NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty ImagesHigh-profile Tibetans have seen their Apple iPhones and Android devices targeted by hacks delivered in WhatsApp messages.The latest attacks on the Tibetan community also contained some novel Android spyware, said Citizen Lab researcher Bill Marczak.

Buying a cheap smartphone? 7 things you need to know

Buying a cheap smartphone? 7 things you need to know

Academic research on pre-installed apps has concluded that “the supply chain around Android’s open source model lacks transparency” and that this “has facilitated potentially harmful behaviours and backdoored access to sensitive data and services without user consent or awareness”.We think that Google could do more to address the privacy and security concerns with pre-installed apps, for instance by banning pre-installed apps that can’t be deleted, by increasing transparency around the Android certification process and by better enforcing their own rules.

Facebook: Remember how we promised we weren’t tracking your location? Psych! Can't believe you fell for that

Facebook: Remember how we promised we weren’t tracking your location? Psych! Can't believe you fell for that

That’s right, under pressure from lawmakers and users, both Google and Apple have added new privacy features to their upcoming mobile operating systems – Android and iOS – that will make it impossible for Facebook to hide its tracking activity.

Facebook Warns Apple iOS 13 And Android 10 Users About Real-Time Location Tracking

Facebook Warns Apple iOS 13 And Android 10 Users About Real-Time Location Tracking

And so the new OS releases from Google and Apple include settings that let users “control when you share your device’s precise location with apps like Facebook,” Paul McDonald, Facebook’s platforms location engineering director explained.

Confirmed: Google's Android Suffers Sustained Attacks By Anti-Uighur Hackers

Confirmed: Google's Android Suffers Sustained Attacks By Anti-Uighur Hackers

NurPhoto via Getty ImagesJust a day after Forbes reported that Google and Microsoft operating systems were under assault by the same hackers who tried to pilfer private data from Apple iPhones of Uighur citizens, it's been confirmed that Androids of the target Muslim communities have been under heavy attack.

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