In a recent study, the Department of Home Land Security (DHS) and the FBI reported 79 percent of all malware targeting mobile devices was directed at Android devices. There is also concern over the amount of users still using older, more vulnerable versions of the OS.
As Google improves Android, more disparaging press for the world’s most popular mobile operation system.
Seeing advertising in your Android app is something we’re used to and for the most part we tolerate.
But there are some advertisers who take it a whole different level. These advertisers want to be in your face and aggressive about what they’re pushing. They bring their advertising to the notification bar and add home screen shortcuts to more advertising.
To me, they’ve always been the scourge of the Android ecosystem and Google has taken another step to eliminate them.
Two of the biggest security concerns for smartphone users are losing your device and having it stolen–they’re pocket-sized and can be easily misplaced or grabbed by the wrong hands.
Ok, so some of them aren’t really pocket-sized any longer, but smartphones have become a huge part of our lives and we store a huge amout of our personal data on them. If we lose track of them, we tend to panic, although often they are just misplaced at home.
However, sometimes they do wind up in the wrong hands.
Last week, Google started rolling out an updated version of Jelly Bean, which has some new features. Some are covered here by our Josh Cannell.
However, what’s most interesting to me are the updates to Google Play Services and how it could impact the Android ecosystem in a positive way.
Google Play Services, an Android app that runs as a service and provides developers access to Google services like Maps, Google+, and Hangouts, that also brings in features that can be used for the overall Android operating system. It was introduced to the platform in March 2012 and began rolling out to Android 2.2 devices and up. Continue reading
A few weeks ago, we wrote about an Android master key flaw discovered by Bluebox Labs that allowed modification of APK code, thereby affecting some 99 percent of all Android devices.
Many security researchers released proof-of-concept code that provided missing technical details from the report.
Google was quick to fix the vulnerability, but Android’s fragmented update model across several OEMs is leaving most users unprotected.
Bluebox released its own app on the Google Play store which tests to see if your device is vulnerable, and if any apps have been tampered with.
But the app from Bluebox still won’t adequately protect unpatched users.
While the app can detect the presence of the flaw (known as Android bug #8219321), it doesn’t patch the vulnerability or disinfect any malicious apps if found. Continue reading