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

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

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

Smartphone shopping: Avoid the blues on Cyber Monday

As we increasingly make use of our smartphones to satisfy our shopping needs, let’s shine a light on how these hubs of our digital lives can be used to shop securely, on and around a day dedicated to online deals. Let’s get a bit statistical first. On Cyber Monday in 2017, smartphones and tablets accounted … More Smartphone shopping: Avoid the blues on Cyber Monday

Semi-annual balance of mobile security

For Android, malware detections were down 27% compared to the first half of 2017; for iOS, they decreased 15% compared to the same period last year. Mobile security plays an increasingly important role in the protection of information assets, and this applies to both home and corporate users. So, this publication will focus on analyzing the … More Semi-annual balance of mobile security

Android users: Beware these popularity-faking tricks on Google Play

Tricksters have been misleading users about the functionality of apps by displaying bogus download numbers. It seems that tricksters on Google Play have found another way to make their deceptive apps appear more trustworthy to users – that is, at least at first sight. The trick takes advantage of the fact that apart from the app icon … More Android users: Beware these popularity-faking tricks on Google Play