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 …

Large Percentage Of Mobile Apps Have Security Flaws

How many apps do you have on your phone?If you’re like most people, you’ve likely got dozens or more. Considering how much storage is available on mobile devices these days, people tend to install apps and when they no longer want them, they don’t bother to uninstall them. Whatever your number is, the statistics recently published by Positive Technologies in …

Google Bug Exposed Passwords For Some GSuite Enterprise Customers

Even companies that are normally quite good at providing security for their users occasionally wind up with egg on their faces.  Google is a classic case in point, in this instance.  Recently, the company announced that a bug in an older segment of their GSuite code base resulted in the recent discovery that the company had been storing customer passwords …

Hackers Using WhatsApp To Install Malware On Phones

If you’re among the masses of people using WhatsApp, for either Android or iOS, be advised that the Israeli hacking consortium known as the NSO Group may have installed spyware on the device you use WhatsApp on. A massive security flaw identified as CVE-2019-3568 has been discovered and weaponized by the NSO Group. This allows them to install spyware and …

Hundreds Of Apps Loaded Adware Onto Millions Of Android Phones

How many malicious apps would you need on the Google Play Store to infect more than one hundred and fifty million Android devices? Unfortunately, we have a good answer to that question, courtesy of SimBad adware, which can be found in 210 different Android apps. Taken together, they’ve made their way onto nearly 150 million devices. If that was the …

GSuite Now Offers Better Android Mobile App Management Options

GSuite has added an important new bit of functionality in the form of Android App Management, which comes in two basic flavors.  There are some things you can do using the company’s basic app management console, but to get access to the full range of features, you’ll need to set up an advanced account. It’s a significant and most welcome …

In App Subscriptions Getting Crackdown From Apple

One of the unfortunate truths about apps is that many developers use deceptive practices to try and confuse consumers. They try to mislead them about how much custom features cost and when in-app purchases occur. Many attempt to hide or obfuscate the particulars of subscription details. The thinking here is pretty simple:  First of all, a customer might not notice …

Google Is Rolling Out New Features For Gmail Users 

Google has recently announced a trio of new features for Gmail users that are going into place immediately, and may in fact be available for use by the time you read this article.  Here are the details: One of the first things you’ll notice is a new strikethrough button, visible when you’re composing.  You’ll find it on the right-hand side …

Google Hangouts Will Close And Transfer To Hangouts Chat

This is just a reminder for anyone using Google Hangouts. The company is moving forward with its plans to discontinue the service, starting with GSuite users and then later moving to the broader consumer shutdown. If your company is currently making use of the messaging app for communications and you haven’t begun making plans to transition to something else, the …

Hackers Target Users Of Google Maps With Bank Phone Scam

Google relies on crowd sourcing to help keep its maps up to date.  There’s no other approach that even comes close to being feasible.  Sure, Google has employees on the job, roving the nation’s highways, byways, and back streets. Even if the company employed ten times the number they’re currently using, their maps wouldn’t be nearly as accurate as they’ve …