Why you shouldn’t be scared by the ‘largest data breach’ ever

Experts say the reported heist of 1.2 billion account credentials is legit, but caution that for most people there’s little they can do — or should be worried about. LAS VEGAS — There’s a good chance that one of your email accounts is among the 1.2 billion accounts compromised in what appears to be the largest credential heist ever. But experts have two words for you: Don’t panic. The database of credentials stolen by the criminal organization CyberVor and discovered by security firm Hold Security covers an enormous number of records. Some 1.2 billion username and password combinations and 542 … Continue reading Why you shouldn’t be scared by the ‘largest data breach’ ever

Android L and Xposed: Keep Calm and Wait for It

After CyanogenMod published its blog post about its plans forAndroid L support, Xposed Framework creator rovo89 is making a similar appeal to the Android community for a bit of objective analysis and a lot of patience. The summary of the situation is that Android L is still a fast-moving target that it isn’t practical to work on polishing Xposed for it. The developer would rather release a version that works well a bit later, rather than one that is too early but barely functions.   The biggest factor in this uncertainty of Xposed’s immediate release on Android L, even in a preview form, … Continue reading Android L and Xposed: Keep Calm and Wait for It

Protect your Android device from malware

Mobile malware is on the rise and your device could be at risk. These tips could help you stay safe and keep your personal information out of the hands of cybercriminals. The adoption rate of mobile devices continues to soar, with Android leading the way. The open-source operating system that is led by Google is now found on more than half of all smartphones. In fact, research firm Strategy Analytics found that 81.3 percent, or 204.4 million, of smartphones shipped in the third quarter of 2013 were powered by Android. This massive user base has caught the attention of cybercriminals, who have begun … Continue reading Protect your Android device from malware

Awesome Privacy Tools in Android 4.3+

To date, there has been no way to run apps on Android with real and reliable privacy controls. Android version 4.3 and higher take a huge step in the right direction, letting users install apps while denying some of the apps’ attempts to collect the user’s data. Android was built from scratch to have quite a sophisticated and strongly enforced system of per-app permissions. But many of the privacy-sensitive permissions are poorly delineated and confusing.1 And the way the OS and Google’s Play Store worked, users could not install an app but say “no” to that app’s demand that it be … Continue reading Awesome Privacy Tools in Android 4.3+