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Google:Weak Passwords Are Weak Link

Google capital G logoA recent CNet.com article reports that “At its I/O conference, two of Google’s top-level security experts, the director of security for Google Apps, and the head of Chrome security;  say the company is intensely focused on the issue, but passwords remain a thorny problem.” The “company”, Google, being intensely focused on security; in my opinion, remains to be seen. However, they stated “Unfortunately the human is often the weakest link in security.”

What a smoke screen! Instead of owning up to royally missing the boat on Google apps for the Android available through Google Play store, they talk about Continue reading

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Android Phone Malware On The Rise

Android Phone LogoA Net-Security.org article states that Android malware continues to rise. F-Secure Labs reports that a new method of distribution of malware to Google Android smartphones has surfaced in the first quarter of 2013—email spam. There appears to be movement from app-based malware to email spam as the method of infecting Android phones. Continue reading

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Google’s “Privacy Rap Sheet”

Google capital G logoWe see that Google is being sued by this country and that for privacy violations as a seemingly ongoing basis these days. But did you know that this seeming disregard for privacy by Google isn’t just a recent occurrence? I don’t have anything against Google. However, their record…or “privacy rap sheet” seems to speak for itself. Continue reading

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Facebook Android App: Can Take Pictures, Record Audio; Without Your Permission!

Facebook iconA recent BusinessInsider.com article announced that the Facebook app for Android Smartphones can change your audio settings, record audio, and take pictures and videos at any time and without your confirmation. Sounds like fun, huh? Especially since there is already malware that can take control of Android phones, Continue reading

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Combat Soldiers To Get Android Phones

Android Phone LogoThe US Department of Defense announced recently that it has approved the use of Samsung phones running a “hardened” version of Android. Android!! The smartphone operating system that has been the target of hackers since it’s inception! The same one that has been plagued with malware-laden applications from Google Play App Store! Continue reading

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Hackers Can Take Control Of Android Phones

Android Phone LogoA flaw in an Android app, found by security firm Bkav Internet Security, will allow hackers to take complete control of an Android smartphone using the app Viber, an app claiming to allow free phone calls and free messaging to another phone using Viber. Here’s a quote from their Internet website: Continue reading

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Car Apps: Be Careful What You Ask For

Car dashboard computerA recent Mashable.com OP-ED, “Car Apps Finally Get What They Need: Geeks”, states that the auto infotainment systems are “unnecessarily difficult and distracting”; and they should be turned over to the geeks to get them right.

The author further states: “So I gotta give GM and Ford credit for realizing that basement hackers are probably their best hope at cracking this code. Continue reading

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