Your Android phone can now double as a security key

An extra layer of security never hurt anybody, and now you can turn your phone into a physical security key. Google has announced that any smartphone running Android 7.0 (Nougat) or later can now be used as a hardware security key for two-factor authentication (2FA). Available in beta at the moment, the new feature is intended … More Your Android phone can now double as a security key

ESET launches a new blog aimed at insecure Android apps: Android App Watch

ESET unveiled a new blog named Android App Watch to help Android users protect themselves against insecure applications. “Insecurely developed apps, those that put their users’ privacy or money at risk are a growing problem. On one hand, such apps don’t qualify as malware and thus cannot be blocked by security solutions. On the other, the … More ESET launches a new blog aimed at insecure Android apps: Android App Watch

You should pick your Android security app wisely, test shows

It’s prudent to get a security solution for your device, but a test by AV-Comparatives shows why you need to choose judiciously. A recent test of anti-malware apps available in Google Play showed that most are not, in fact, worthy of the name and, indeed, the space they take up on the Android device. Independent testing outfit … More You should pick your Android security app wisely, test shows

Navigating the murky waters of Android banking malware

An interview with ESET malware researcher Lukáš Štefanko about Android banking malware, the topic of his latest white paper. Banking malware continued to plague the Android platform throughout 2018, with cybercrooks relentlessly targeting users with banking Trojans and fake banking apps, but also experimenting with new money-stealing techniques. To help users navigate the tricky and expanding landscape of Android … More Navigating the murky waters of Android banking malware

First clipper malware discovered on Google Play

Cryptocurrency stealers that replace a wallet address in the clipboard are no longer limited to Windows or shady Android app stores. For security reasons, addresses of online cryptocurrency wallets are composed of long strings of characters. Instead of typing them, users tend to copy and paste the addresses using the clipboard. A type of malware, … More First clipper malware discovered on Google Play

Twitter bug may have exposed private tweets of Android users for years

If you use Twitter for Android and want your tweets to be private, you may want to play safe and review your settings. Twitter has disclosed that it’s fixed a bug that, for more than four years, made the private (aka ‘protected’) tweets of some of the platform’s users public. The flaw affected an unknown number … More Twitter bug may have exposed private tweets of Android users for years

Face unlock on many Android smartphones falls for a photo

No 3D-printed heads or realistic masks were needed to trick even a handful of high-end handset models into unlocking their screens. A Dutch non-profit has tested facial recognition on 110 smartphones to see just how well their implementations of this method of biometric authentication secure the devices – and found that the picture isn’t pretty. … More Face unlock on many Android smartphones falls for a photo