Android 10: Google Confirms 193 Security Vulnerabilities Need Fixing

Android 10: Google Confirms 193 Security Vulnerabilities Need Fixing

It was also time to address a total of 193 Android security vulnerabilities that Google has confirmed need fixing with the Android 10 release.True to her word, a whole host of new security and privacy features are indeed included as part of the Android 10 release.

Developers accuse Apple of anti-competitive behavior with its privacy changes in iOS 13

Developers accuse Apple of anti-competitive behavior with its privacy changes in iOS 13

In a report by The Information, the developers were said to have accused Apple of anti-competitive behavior when it comes to how apps can access user location data.

Google Android Adware Warning Issued To 8 Million Play Store Users

Google Android Adware Warning Issued To 8 Million Play Store Users

The Google Play Store hosted 85 apps ridden with adware, which were downloaded by 8 million users.Today is no different: Security researchers at Trend Micro have revealed that the Google Play Store hosted 85 app ridden with adware.

Hackers have worked out how to exploit security flaws in hook-up apps

Hackers have worked out how to exploit security flaws in hook-up apps

Security experts have issued a warning after three gay hookup apps - including Grindr - and a threesome app were found to expose users' exact locations, just by knowing the publicly available username.

4 Dating Apps Pinpoint Users’ Precise Locations – and Leak the Data

4 Dating Apps Pinpoint Users’ Precise Locations – and Leak the Data

Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra, told Threatpost that it’s problematic if someone concerned about being located is opting to share information with a dating app in the first place.

Google Warning: Tens Of Millions Of Android Phones Come Preloaded With Dangerous Malware

Google Warning: Tens Of Millions Of Android Phones Come Preloaded With Dangerous Malware

Millions of shiny new Android smartphones are being purchased with dangerous malware factory-installed, according to Google's own security research team.Android is a thriving open-source community, which is great for innovation but not so great when threat actors seize the opportunity to hide malware in basic software loads that come on boxed devices.

HUAWEI announces HarmonyOS open source operating system for smartphones and smart devices

HUAWEI announces HarmonyOS open source operating system for smartphones and smart devices

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group, regarding the thoughts behind developing this new OS, said: We’re entering a day and age where people expect a holistic intelligent experience across all devices and scenarios.

Robocall blocking apps caught sending your private data without permission

Robocall blocking apps caught sending your private data without permission

But many of these apps, said Hastings, send user or device data to third-party data analytics companies — often to monetize your information — without your explicit consent, instead burying the details in their privacy policies.

Facebook Sues Over 'Ad Fraud' Apps On Google Play, But Google Keeps Apps In Place (Updated)

Facebook Sues Over 'Ad Fraud' Apps On Google Play, But Google Keeps Apps In Place (Updated)

Just a few days later and Facebook has announced that is has filed its first lawsuit against two Asian developers for "click injection fraud—where developers made apps available on the Google Play store to infect their users’ phones with malware [which] created fake user clicks on Facebook ads that appeared on the users’ phones, giving the impression that the users had clicked on the ads.".

IOS 13 privacy feature will force total overhaul for Facebook apps

IOS 13 privacy feature will force total overhaul for Facebook apps

VoIP services ostensibly stay running in the background so they can connect calls quickly, but they also lets those apps collect information about what users are doing on their devices.

The way to end user tracking in apps once and for all

The way to end user tracking in apps once and for all

The answer simply is: if we don’t want to app developers to sell their users to advertisers, then we need to offer them an alternative way to make a living.

Facebook could soon be snooping on your encrypted WhatsApp messages under plans to moderate content

Facebook could soon be snooping on your encrypted WhatsApp messages under plans to moderate content

Facebook revealed its plans to transfer content moderation from human-staffed data centres to on-device, AI-powered systems in a presentation at the firm's F8 annual developer conference on May 1, 2019.The proposed concept would appear to see content moderation executed on user messages directly within WhatsApp, prior to their encryption — with the filtering algorithms themselves being regularly updated from a central source.

Introducing KeePassium for iOS

Introducing KeePassium for iOS

KeePassium is a password manager that combines the security of KeePass with the beauty of iOS design. KeePassium was created because existing KeePass apps on iOS were either abandoned, outright ugly, or had an “by engineer, for engineers” design. KeePassium is a premium app for those who value their privacy.

Telegram: the messaging app driving Hong Kong’s decentralized revolution

Telegram: the messaging app driving Hong Kong’s decentralized revolution

Hong Kong authorities have also attempted to clamp down on Telegram group members, which protestors say is taking cues from the ways China polices the Internet.

Windows 10, Office Online users get new warning over data privacy

Windows 10, Office Online users get new warning over data privacy

Netherlands authorities last year cited eight undocumented privacy issues with ProPlus versions of Office 2016 and Office 365 that allowed Microsoft to collect Dutch-created user content from the apps that was stored on US servers and potentially exposed to US law enforcement.

New DPIA on Microsoft Office and Windows software: still privacy risks remaining (short blog)

New DPIA on Microsoft Office and Windows software: still privacy risks remaining (short blog)

On behalf of the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security, Privacy Company has investigated the privacy risks related to the use of Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise, Office 365 ProPlus and Office Online, as well as the mobile Office apps.

Just because sex toy apps can count calories doesn’t mean they should

Just because sex toy apps can count calories doesn’t mean they should

And with that firmly in mind, we turn to the matter of the day: calorie counting features in sex toy apps. And we reckon it’s unlikely this feature will make its way onto every synced-up sex toy app, largely thanks to the number of female founders heading up popular sextech startups that firmly have pleasure in mind.

Does Deleting FaceApp Make You Safe Again?

Does Deleting FaceApp Make You Safe Again?

"This gives FaceApp and its parent company Wireless Lab an enormous amount of latitude to do pretty much anything with your data that they'd like," said Budington in an email. The company's privacy policy does point out that any information should be anonymized.

Fake PornHub And Google Android Apps Are Actually ‘Russian Spy Tools’

Fake PornHub And Google Android Apps Are Actually ‘Russian Spy Tools’

It comes hidden inside fake versions of real apps, including Google Play, Evernote, Skype, encrypted messaging service Signal and PornHub. Looking at the selection of copied apps, Lookout said Monokle was likely targeting English speakers, as well as individuals in the Caucasus regions and people interested in the Ahrar al-Sham militant group in Syria.

Trustworthy vs Trustless Apps

Trustworthy vs Trustless Apps

A trustless app is an app whose code is open source, so that the community can see for themselves that the code has few bugs and no malicious code. Trustless apps are cryptographically signed by the developers so that users know that the application they download corresponds to the open source code.

Think FaceApp Is Scary? Wait Till You Hear About Facebook

Think FaceApp Is Scary? Wait Till You Hear About Facebook

FaceApp is also the product of a Russian company that sends photos from your device to its servers, retains rights to use them in perpetuity, and performs artificial intelligence black magic on them.

Browser Extensions Scraped Data From Millions of People

Browser Extensions Scraped Data From Millions of People

Ars Technica reporter Dan Goodin brings the news of a major new privacy failure recently unearthed by security researchers: widely used Chrome and Firefox browser extensions scraped and sold the data of more than 4.1 million people, until the researcher alerted Google and Mozilla.

Over 1,300 Android Apps Caught Collecting Data Even If You Deny Permissions

Over 1,300 Android Apps Caught Collecting Data Even If You Deny Permissions

The security model of modern mobile operating systems, like Android and iOS, is primarily based on permissions that explicitly define which sensitive services, device capabilities, or user information an app can access, allowing users decide what apps can access.

Catholics in Iowa went to church. Steve Bannon tracked their phones.

Catholics in Iowa went to church. Steve Bannon tracked their phones.

Steve Bannon and the conservative group CatholicVote used cell-phone location data for people who had been inside Roman Catholic churches in Dubuque, Iowa, in 2018 to target them with get-out-the-vote ads, ThinkProgress has learned.

New Attack Lets Android Apps Capture Loudspeaker Data Without Any Permission

New Attack Lets Android Apps Capture Loudspeaker Data Without Any Permission

Nitesh Saxena also confirmed The Hacker News that the attack can not be used to capture targeted users' voice or their surroundings because "that is not strong enough to affect the phone's motion sensors, especially given the low sampling rates imposed by the OS," and thus also doesn't interfere with the accelerometer readings.

FaceApp’s Privacy Policy Isn’t The Problem

FaceApp’s Privacy Policy Isn’t The Problem

The app owes its popularity to viral sensations like the one it’s currently experiencing, which has users sharing photos of their older or younger counterparts. In the statement, he claims that FaceApp does not share or sell any user data to third parties(that’s different from allowing third part advertisers to deliver targeted ads).

You Have Just Given FaceApp a Perpetual And Royalty Free License to do What They Want With Your Selfies

You Have Just Given FaceApp a Perpetual And Royalty Free License to do What They Want With Your Selfies

When you post or otherwise share User Content on or through our Services, you understand that your User Content and any associated information (such as your [username], location or profile photo) will be visible to the public,” is the subsequent piece of text.

Google removes stalkerware apps after researchers discover trackers on Play Store

Google removes stalkerware apps after researchers discover trackers on Play Store

"These apps are highly unethical and problematic for people's privacy and shouldn't be on the Google Play Store, as they promote criminal behavior, and can be abused by employers, stalkers or abusive partners to spy on their victims," Nikolaos Chrysaidos, Avast's head of mobile threat intelligence and security, said in a statement.

Privacy Warnings Issued Over Russian-Owned FaceApp

Privacy Warnings Issued Over Russian-Owned FaceApp

FaceApp is an app that lets users upload their photos, and uses artificial intelligence to change their looks, either older or younger. But it’s making headlines again because the app has gotten good — like, eerily good — at showing users what they’ll look like when they age.

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.

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