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 …

Google Home Device Recordings May Not Be Private

Do you own a Google Home?  If so, you probably find it to be indispensable.  It’s a powerful, genuinely helpful piece of technology, but there’s a catch.  It’s so good and so useful because it listens constantly for voice commands from you.  Those commands get recorded. Recently, Google acknowledged that it hires third-party contractors to listen to and transcribe recordings …

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, …

If You Use Evernote Your Data May Have Been Exposed

Do you use Evernote Web Clipper for the Chrome web browser? If so, be advised that the developer recently reported that a critical flaw in the extension could allow hackers to access user information from third party online services. Online security company Guardio discovered the flaw and had this to say: “Due to Evernote’s widespread popularity, this issue had the …

Hackers Placing Hidden, Malicious Code In Media

If you’re not familiar with the term, ‘Steganography’ is the term used to describe the act of hiding code in images and video.  It’s a creative strategy that allows hackers to slip past even the most robust defenses. Recently, researchers at Kaspersky have discovered evidence of a novel approach to using steganographic techniques. They were apparently developed by a group …

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 …

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 …

Chrome Will Offer More Ways To Control Web Tracking

Google announced a pair of important security features of upcoming versions of its Chrome browser at this year’s I/O Developer Conference. Both changes are designed with the same goal in mind: To give users some additional tools to block or at least mitigate the threat of online tracking. The first of the two new features is called Improved SameSite Cookies, …

Google Giving More Flexibility To Private Data Removal

Tech giant Google recently unveiled the next step in its plan to put more power in the hands of users when it comes to their own data.  The most recent change involves the introduction of a new auto-delete feature tied to your Google account. It will allow you to set your Location History, Web data and App Activity data to …

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 …