Here Are Six New Features of upcoming Google’s Android P

While the jury is still out there about the possible dessert name Google would think about for its forthcoming Android P operating system, Google has quietly released their first developer’s preview of the new OS. The bets are on Android P being called Android Pumpkin Pie in keeping with the Google tradition of naming their […]

Google accounts hit with malware — a million and growing

More than a million Google accounts have been hit by malicious software, a security firm said on Wednesday. Check Point said in a blog post that the attack campaign, known as Gooligan, is expanding to an additional 13,000 devices a day. Read how the Gooligan malware has infected more than 1 million Android smartphones around the […]

Which Android smartphones are most secure?

87% of Android devices are vulnerable to attack by malicious apps and messages, a group of researchers from Cambridge University in England has revealed. For years now, they have been urging Android users to install an app called Device Analyzer so that they can collect usage statistics, which give them an insight into how people […]

Google: Less Than 1% Of Androids Have Potentially Harmful App Installed

Although Android is mobile malware authors’ favorite target, the rate of “potentially harmful” Android application installations was cut nearly in half from Q1 to Q4 2014, according to Google’s Android security year in review report released today. The report includes information gathered from Google Play, the official Android app store; Verify Apps, which scans apps […]

Android malware encounters surged in 2014, up by 75 percent, report says

Although many U.S.-based security professionals and mobile device users might have once believed their devices were safe from malware, new research suggests that in 2014, Android mobile malware proliferated with encounter rates increasing by 75 percent over 2013. Mobile security company Lookout released its annual Mobile Threat Report on Thursday, which detailed threats both enterprises […]

How Secure Is Android if Google Won’t Patch?

Google’s Android mobile operating system takes a lot of criticism from security researchers for various security flaws and weaknesses. This week, Rapid7 security researcher Todd Beardsley strongly criticized Google for not patching a security vulnerability that he disclosed to the search giant. The security flaw disclosed by Beardsley is in the WebView component that is […]

Vulnerability Causes Android Devices to Crash

A flaw in the manifest file for Android apps can be exploited to trigger memory exhaust by the Package Parser and cause a denial of service (DoS) condition on the device. The glitch persists even after the phone has been restarted, thus sending it into a reboot loop. According to security researchers, removing the buggy […]

Facebook Users Targeted Via Android Same Origin Policy Vulnerability

Researchers at Trend Micro say attackers are actively exploiting a vulnerability in Android’s WebView browser in order to compromise Facebook accounts. The flaw allows the attackers to bypass Android’s Same Origin Policy (SOP), and impacts devices running versions of the operating system prior to 4.4. The vulnerability, CVE-2014-6041, was first disclosed in September by an […]

Five of the best (and free) Android security apps

Worried about hackers and fraudsters gaining access to the data on your Android smartphone or tablet? According to security experts, you should be, because mobile is the new platform of choice for the bad guys, with Android being at the top of that list. Some Android devices are even making their way to customers with […]

Cheap Black Friday/Cyber Monday Android tablets riddled with vulnerabilities and security headaches

Cheap tablets on offer over Black Friday and Cyber Monday may have seemed like a good deal, but security researchers warn that some of these devices may be riddled with vulnerabilities, security misconfigurations, or even security backdoors. Security firm Bluebox Labs went out and purchased over a dozen of Black Friday “bargain” Android tablets from […]