Why the NSA gets higher marks for privacy than business

Those of you following the steady stream of news stories on the  National Security Agency's insatiable appetite for information already know that the spy agency has figured out how to snatch data from mobile apps. Since 2007, The...

01/31/14

Blackphone will learn security alone doesn't sell

Can a smartphone manufacturer turn a profit by making security and privacy the linchpins of its product? I doubt it, but Blackphone believes it's possible. Our privacy savior The company is betting businesses and consumers will...

01/22/14

Security researchers sometimes get it wrong

Google has joined Samsung in defending Knox, the latter company's Android security platform that university researchers claimed contained a major flaw that could allow a hacker to capture file transfers, emails and browser...

01/15/14

Snapchat, lobbyists and the security crapshoot

Most mobile app makers do not get security, so using their products is becoming a crapshoot. You never know if you'll get a seven or snake eyes. The latter is what 4.6 million Snapchat users got recently when the mobile messaging...

01/08/14

HTC reveals painful Android update process

In February, smartphone maker HTC promised the Federal Trade Commission that it would clean up its act when it came to customer security. With its FTC troubles behind it, HTC has become very open with the difficulties in getting...

12/31/13

Why you should stay in Google Play, App Store

Malware infection rates for mobile devices are very low. So low that you have better odds of being killed in a cataclysmic storm in the U.S. Nevertheless, hackers are trying hard to better their chances of success. Hackers keep...

12/31/13

Samsung Knox needs a security overhaul

Samsung may want to rethink the security technology it has developed to sell its smartphones and tablets to corporations and government agencies. A university researcher in Israel has discovered a major flaw in Samsung Knox that...

12/27/13

Is your Mac spying on you?

If you have a fear of government surveillance, then you should cover the iSight webcam on your Mac. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have proven that a clever hacker, or government agency, can secretly record video from...

12/20/13

Google should bring back Android privacy tool

Less privacy is not what smartphone users need, yet that is exactly what Google provided by removing an Android feature that gave people better control over the collection of sensitive data, such as location and address...

12/13/13

What Apple's iBeacon rollout doesn't say

Apple's rollout of iBeacon in its 254 U.S. stores raises the question: What about security? Unfortunately, there's unlikely to be an answer for sometime. Apple's iBeacon debut Apple debuted the in-store location technology last...

12/11/13

Samsung isn't ready to take Android to the enterprise

Samsung is learning the hard way that building a thriving smartphone and tablet business serving corporate and government clients isn't easy, particularly when your roots are in the consumer market. The big challenge is to build a...

12/06/13

Is the Pentagon giving up on Android, iOS?

The Defense Department may not be sold on Android and iOS security. Within months after clearing the mobile platforms for military use, the Pentagon has told employees to put down their beloved iPhones, iPads and Android gadgets...

12/04/13

Bargains trump security worries for mobile shoppers on Thanksgiving, Black Friday

Bargain hunters lured by big discounts from U.S. retailers put aside security worries on Thanksgiving and Black Friday and used their smartphones and tablets for early Christmas shopping. The mobile shopping spree Based on its...

11/30/13

Why mobile app developers need lessons in security

When it comes to security, the tech industry has a short memory. Lessons learned during the PC era are quickly forgotten when they stand in the way of making money in the post-PC world of mobile devices. Forgotten security For...

11/27/13

Wireless carriers reach new low in customer protection

Major wireless carriers have worked hard to earn the scorn of many subscribers. In fact, they're so bad at keeping customers happy, that earning a top score of C-minus on Consumer Reports' latest annual customer satisfaction survey...

11/22/13

How swindlers use apps to trick the gullible

Successful cybercriminals are amateur psychologists who know that exploiting human frailties is more profitable than cutting-edge malware. So in 2014, Symantec predicts predators will take advantage of the innocence of smartphone...

11/20/13

Time to ignore manufacturers that are security slackers

In the near future, everything from refrigerators and coffeemakers to cars and home automation systems will be among the 10s of billions of devices on the Internet. But as the so-called Internet of Things grows, security remains a...

11/18/13

Time to take the mobile out of mobile security

Michael Davis, author and chief technology officer for endpoint security company CounterTack, has it right when he argues that it's time to take the mobile out of mobile security. Whether the computer is a laptop, desktop, server,...

11/13/13

Knock twice for security silliness

Some ideas change the world, others should never see the light of day. The latter is my take on a new password-replacement app called Knock. How Knock works Knock creators see typing in a password to unlock a Mac as an...

11/08/13

Android smartphone makers are throwing you under the bus

Android security is a mess. While device manufacturers and wireless carriers rack up profits, Google seems to be the only company with its hands in the Android pie that is working to fend off hackers. What's wrong Smartphone...

11/06/13

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