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

Japan to probe citizens’ IoT devices in the name of security

Smart devices were targeted by more than one-half of cyberattacks detected in the country in 2017. Japan has approved a plan to test the security of around 200 million Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices in the country in a bid to beef up their cyber-resilience, according to a report by Japan’s public broadcaster NHK World. Armed with lists … More Japan to probe citizens’ IoT devices in the name of security

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

Google’s data charts path to avoiding malware on Android

How much higher are the odds that your device will be exposed to malware if you download apps from outside Google Play or if you use one of Android’s older versions? Google has the numbers. You need to stick to Google Play for apps and run as recent a version of Android as possible if … More Google’s data charts path to avoiding malware on Android