Ransomware Now Sends Malicious Texts Through Mobile Device

If you own an Android device, there’s a new threat to be at least moderately concerned about.  It takes the form of a new ransomware family that spreads from one victim to the next with text messages that contain poisoned links to every contact on an infected device. The ESET research team that found the software had this to say …

Playing Videos Could Allow Hackers Into Your Phone

Do you have an Android device?  Are you running Android Nougat, Oreo, or Pie (versions 7x, 8x, or 9x)?  Do you play games on your phone? If you answered yes to those questions, you may have a problem. It is a bigger problem given that there are more than a billion devices currently in service running one of those operating …

Some Android Apps To Receive Your Data Without Permission

When it works, Android’s app permissions are awesome. They’re straightforward and easy to understand. When you install a new app on your phone, you’ll get a popup box that gives you a summary of what permissions the app says it needs. Then, you have the option to either accept or deny it that permission. Sometimes, the app winds up working …

New Spyware Is Targeting WhatsApp Messages

Recently, Kaspersky Labs has identified a new strain of malware to be concerned about, and it is spreading across the internet. Called FinSpy, it specifically targets WhatsApp on both Android and iOS devices.  An analysis of the code reveals that the spyware was created by a German company called Gamma Group, and that it is primarily used by state actors. …

Android Devices May Soon Get New Fast Sharing Feature

Google’s first attempt at making it possible for Android users to share files with each other was called Android Beam. While it was functional, it left a lot to be desired, and never really caught on. That fact prompted the company to announce that it would be calling a halt to further Beam development in preference for a new tool. It …

Android Malware Can Replace Real Apps With Fake Apps

Security researchers at Check Point have discovered a disturbing new strain of Android malware that’s as ingenious as it is disturbing.  It is effective because it is designed to replace a rapidly expanding number of apps with poisoned copies. The app copies still retain their core functionality, making the malware notoriously difficult to detect. After all, if you downloaded JioTV, …

New Adware Discovered On Hundreds Of Androids Apps

Bad news for Android users.  Recently, Google discovered that more than two hundred apps on the Play Store had been infected with the ‘BeiTaAd’ plugin. This plugin is the latest in a large and growing collection of advertising libraries that have been misused and abused by advertisers. It should be noted that BeiTaAd didn’t start off being problematic. The plugin …

New Microsoft Excel Feature Could Be Useful For Some

In the earliest days of the smartphone, there were only a few apps that people could use to perform genuinely useful work.  Sure, they were handy for keeping your contacts all in one place and reminding you of appointments, but beyond that, your pickings were fairly slim. That changed quickly with the explosion of apps that brought the smartphone into …

Android Wifi Hotspot App Leaks Network Passwords And Information

Do you use an Android App called ‘WiFi Finder’?  If so, be advised that your network password has likely been exposed, based on research conducted by Sanyam Jain, of the GDI Foundation. Jain discovered an unprotected database online associated with the app that contained more than two million network passwords. He reported his findings to Zack Whittaker of TechCrunch, and …

Popular Android Apps Banned For Sending User Data To China

A major Chinese developer is in hot water with Google from an extensive BuzzFeed investigation which revealed that the company’s apps were abusing user permissions, allowing the company to commit fraud on a massive scale. As a result of BuzzFeed’s findings, Google took the step of removing six different apps made by the company down from the play store. This …