Streamline Your Business with the Latest Smart Home Technology

Are you a business owner looking to get the most out of your Google smart home devices? If so, you’re in luck! Google has enabled its Nest products and Android OS with the initial rollout of the Matter smart home standard. This means that businesses now have the ability to link their devices with Matter gadgets from other manufacturers. The …

DuckDuckGo Releases App Tracking Protection Beta for Android

The feature is comparable to Apple’s ‘App Tracking Transparency. However, unlike Apple, DuckDuckGo’s method does not rely on app developers’ compliance with user choice. All known trackers are blocked. According to DuckDuckGo, Android users have an average of 35 applications installed on their smartphones, resulting in between 1,000 and 2,000 monitoring attempts every day for over 70 tracking organizations. As …

Bypass Android Lock Screen on Pixel and Other Devices

David Schütz, a cybersecurity researcher, inadvertently discovered a means to circumvent the lock screen on his fully updated Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 5 devices, allowing anybody with physical access to the smartphone to unlock it. Bypassing the lock screen on Android smartphones is a straightforward five-step method that should only take a few minutes. Google repaired the security flaw …

New Android Malware Disables WiFi To Attempt Toll Fraud

There’s a new threat to be aware of if you own an android device.  Microsoft recently warned that their researchers had spotted a new toll fraud malware strain wreaking havoc in the Android ecosystem. Toll fraud is a form of billing fraud. It is a scheme whereby bad actors attempt to trick unsuspecting victims into either calling or sending an …

Android And iOS Network Protection Added With Microsoft Defender

Recently, Microsoft added a new feature for Microsoft Defender for Endpoint (MDE) which has fans of the product cheering. Once the new “Mobile Network Protection” feature is enabled on the iOS and Android devices you want to monitor, the security platform will provide the same robust protections and notifications that your other network devices currently enjoy. The company had this …

Voicemail Phishing Attacks Called Vishing Are On The Rise

While “vishing” is by no means a new threat, it’s not something that has ever happened with sufficient frequency to get most people’s attention. So, if you haven’t heard the term before, you’re not alone. “Vishing” is short for voicemail phishing, and it is apparently on the rise based on data collected by the security firm Zscaler. Attackers are specifically …

Simple Tips For Securing Smart Device Data

Data security isn’t something that’s at the forefront of most people’s minds, but it probably should be.  These days, we use far more than just our trusty laptops and desktops to do real, meaningful work.  Most people have a plethora of devices they tap into on a regular basis and take with them wherever they go. From smart phones to …

The Surprising Ways Mobile Technology Impacts Our Lives

If you grew up in the days before the internet, it’s absolutely staggering to think of all the ways that mobile technology has changed our lives (and mostly for the better). Remember when you had to pay for long distance telephone calls?  That’s mostly a thing of the past.  In under a minute, you can install any number of messenger …

Some Carrier Embedded Android Apps May Have Security Vulnerabilities

Recently, Microsoft reported high severity security vulnerabilities in multiple apps offered by large international mobile service providers.  What makes this especially noteworthy is the fact that these vulnerabilities aren’t app specific, but framework specific.  Many carriers use the same basic framework to construct their apps and now all have been found to contain vulnerabilities. The vulnerabilities discovered to this point …

This Android Malware Is Stealing Login Credentials

If you’re deeply involved in IT security, you may already be familiar with the ERMAC Android banking trojan. If this is the first time you’re hearing of it, be aware that the hackers who authored the malicious code have recently released ERMAC 2.0, which represents a significant upgrade in capabilities from the previous iteration. ERMAC’s main purpose is to steal …