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BlueBox Security Vs Xiaomi, Who is in the Wrong?

Several days ago security firm BlueBox released a worrying report highlighting security flaws and privacy concerns with Xiaomi's Mi 4 phone, however several points in the article gave cause for concern that the device in question was not in fact a legitimate product. This doubt causes more concerns than the initial claim itself. The initial report stated...

Cross-Platform Encrypted Messaging with Signal 2.0

Privacy and security are two increasingly important factors in today's globalized world, and with the surge of internet spying by government agencies and third parties, wiretaps are an everyday thing that don't just concern James Bond anymore. Encryption made its way to the semi-mainstream messaging world with the Telegram platform, but while millions flocked to it,...

Invoke Cerberus To Protect Your Phone From Thieves

Most of us have experienced that feeling at some point, you reach for your phone but it's not there. What follows is usually an increasingly rapid patting of all your pockets and a rising feeling of dread. Then you realize: the taxi, the restaurant, the man who bumped in to you earlier. Your phone could...

Fingerprint Authentication – Just a Plain Bad Idea

A growing number of smartphones are adding fingerprint reading hardware, to attempt to add a differentiating factor in an increasingly crowded marketplace, and to attempt to offer users more convenient security features. The Motorola Atrix 4G stole the show at CES 2011, as the first modern smartphone to feature a fingerprint reader (there were previous...

Signing Tool for Kindle Fire HDX Exploits Bootloader

What happens when an Android-related vulnerability is published on a website like the CodeAurora Forum? You got it! Security enthusiasts and Android developers around the world try to take advantage of the newly found problem to create an exploit, which can be used to gain advanced access to your device (such as root access or...

Android Security Overview and Safe Practices for Web-Based Android Applications w/ Dario Incalza – XDA:DevCon 2014

So far, we’ve talked about many things while presenting the videos from XDA:DevCon 2014. We’ve talked about robotics with Android, Robotics and Vision Oh My! w/ Shane Francis, open source with AOSP for Sony Devices: Past, Present and Future w/ Alin Jerpelea and supporting users with Shoot Troubles, Not Users w/ Alex Boag-Munroe. However, all of this knowledge needs...

Detect, Avoid IMSI-Catcher Attacks with Android IMSI-Catcher Detector

Privacy is always an important topic, as well as a delicate one to cover. Corporations spend millions to provide the best security systems, which are then quite often cracked by hackers or security researchers. You might not be aware that some fake cell towers (a.k.a. IMSI-Catchers, StingRays, GSM Interceptors, Subscriber Trackers) can be used to...

WhatsApp Decides to Protect Your Data

When Facebook bought WhatsApp for the absurdly large sum of $19bn back in February, they took the tech world by storm. $19bn for a FREE messaging app? A messaging app? Really? Soon afterwards, speculation began to grow about the real reason Facebook, a content marketing company at its core, bought the company and it's pretty...

Android L Will Have Data Encryption Turned On by Default

Android L, once it is eventually released, will feature data encryption turned on by default. This information has been revealed by Niki Christoff, spokeswoman for Google. And in doing so, the Mountain View company is joining Apple in the battle for user privacy and security. Data encryption is nothing new in Android, as it has been available on certain Android devices...

Help Protect and Secure Your Sensitive Data With Droid Protector

Privacy and security are always a concern when it comes to mobile devices, and many of us probably have something or other stored or installed that we'd like to protect and keep from prying eyes or curious children. This can take the form of a certain app or set of applications that you don't want just anyone...

Blackphone Gets Rooted, Qualcomm Security Exploits Affect Moto X, Nexus 5, LG G2, and More! – XDA Developer TV

The "secure" Blackphone has been rooted! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is the Qualcomm Security Exploit being demonstrated at Blackhat Conference and the article talking about Code Syntax Highlighting being enabled on the XDA Forums! That's...

Qualcomm Security Exploit Demonstrated at Blackhat Conference

The annual Blackhat conference, now in its 17th year, took place in Las Vegas last week. The conference is an assembly of security-focused individuals at which a number of devices such as home automation systems, smart cars, etc are hacked, in addition to a line up of speakers discussing information security. This year's event turned...