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Study: Over 1000 Android apps on Google Play accessed user data without proper permissions

Despite user perception, Android is actually quite secure as a mobile OS. We generally accept the premise that the weakest link is the user; so long as you watch what you install and what permissions you grant, you should be safe from unauthorized access and distribution of your data. If you deny an Android app...

Firefox Monitor will email you when your account is compromised

If you're on the internet a lot, there's a good chance that one of the websites you use has had a data breach. This is an unfortunately common occurrence. Firefox is working to make sure internet users know when their personal information has been compromised with a service called Firefox Monitor. Firefox partnered with Have I...

Shelter is an open source sandboxing app to isolate apps from your data

Big data is a big business right now and this can come in the form of just about any type of information that someone can get their hands on. Whether it's a business tracking your location for monetization or a malicious application abusing various permissions to gain access to as much of your data as...

Datally can disable data usage while you sleep, save data for emergencies

Smartphones have assuredly brought massive convenience to our daily lives. There really is no debating that point. However, with that convenience, there have been a couple of pain points. One of these issues is battery life, which Google has been working on fixing. The other is trying to maintain control of how much mobile data our devices...

Google joins Microsoft and others to make it easy to transfer data between services

Transferring your data between services can prove difficult, and that's why the Data Transfer Project has been founded. Created by Google, Microsoft, Twitter, and Facebook, the service tries to make it easy for you to transfer your files between different services. You could import your photos from Microsoft OneDrive to Google Photos, for example. It's not...

Millions of users’ data leaked through misconfigured Firebase backends

Millions of users' data have been leaked because of misconfigured Firebase backends, according to a report from Appthority. Around 113GB of data over 2,271 databases were exposed publicly as a result of being misconfigured. Firebase is a Backend-as-a-Service offering by Google which was reported to be the fastest growing SDK in 2017. The service is...

AT&T and Verizon will stop selling real-time location data from users

Big data is big business these days and companies can do a lot with even the smallest piece of information from a particular user base. In the Android community, we often talk about this when we're discussing 3rd-party applications that are selling location data to a different company. But a lot of times the data...

Datally gets 4 new data saving tools including “Guest Mode” and daily limits

Google launched Datally, an app for saving and control mobile data, in November of last year. The application helps you track your mobile data, control which apps use it, and find high-quality Wi-Fi networks. It uses VPN service to restrict mobile data usage. According to Google, an average user saves 21% of data by using this...

One month to go until GDPR: What you need to know

General Data Protection Regulation [GDPR] is the largest shake-up in consumer data protection law in recent history. If you're a developer, web admin, business owner, or user who operates/resides in the EU, GDPR will affect your digital life in one way or another. Even if you’re based in the U.S. or elsewhere, you’ll feel its...

No More Roaming Fees: EU Members Can “Roam-Like-at-Home”

Today marked the end of successful negotiations to enact laws abolishing data roaming charges for members of the EU. The European Parliament, Council, and Commission have come to an agreement that will see the end of data roaming fees by June 15th of this year. With consumers seeing no direct charges, the agreement focused on...

Of Drives and Clouds: Surrendering Control in a Low-Storage Era

Almost a decade ago I went from using an off-brand MP3-player with about a gigabyte of storage to my first iPod. It was an iPod Classic; a solid chunk of technology that packed 80 gigabytes of just about any data you felt like loading onto it. I, like just about everyone else, proceeded to pack...

An Analysis Of Internet And Mobile Around The World

In June of 2015, we asked you "How Does Your Location Affect Your Life As A Power User?". In the days that followed, members from all over the world shared their stories and experiences of mobile life across the globe and since then many of you have contacted us to tell yours. Allow me to...