Security

Google Firebase app for Android and iOS may be leaking data, report says

Around 2,500 Android apps and 600 iOS apps with nearly 620 million downloads between them may be leaking data through a vulnerability, according to a report issued this week from Appthority. The mobile security research firm based in San Francisco said hackers can exploit a vulnerability in Google's Firebase mobile and web application development platform that may be leaking sensitive data through improperly secured Firebase back-end servers that are storing user data.

The scope of the exposure

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Topics: Database Software , Security , Android Software , iOS Software

Mozilla's Firefox Monitor security tool checks if your accounts have been compromised by hackers

Despite the prevalence of hacks and data breaches in the news recently, few people ever find out if their information has been released or taken advantage of unless there is a noticeable problem. Just last year, more than 179 million records were exposed in the U.S.

Mozilla is hoping to change that by teaming with Troy Hunt -- a renowned Australian digital security expert who runs HaveIBeenPwned.com -- to create Firefox Monitor. The website HaveIBeenPwned.com allows you... Read More »

Topics: Firefox Add-ons & Plugins , Browsers , Windows Software , Mac Software , Security , iOS Software , Android

Google starts verifying and updating Android apps that aren't from its Play Store

Google announced on its developer blog today that it would be adding what it calls a Signing Block to all Android apps that are provided by "Play-approved distribution channels." This new initiative is designed to confirm that the app is what it says it is, in regions of the world where the app installation files themselves (known as APKs or Android Package Kits) are traded between users instead of coming from the Google Play Store.

GUIDE: How to find, download, and install Android apps safely

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Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Security , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

How to stop bleeding from wounds and cuts with free app Stop the Bleed

If you've ever been in an emergency situation where someone was bleeding excessively, then you know how hard it can be to stop the bleeding without any prior training. Fortunately, the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health at the Uniformed Services University released an app that helps people stop the bleeding for a victim in a dire situation.

The Stop the Bleed app is now available on Apple and Android phones and provides users with a... Read More »

Topics: Security , Android Software , iOS Software

57 percent of Android apps for kids are breaking privacy laws, according to new ICSI study

In an alarming study titled "Won't Somebody Think of the Children?", professors and researchers with the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) said they found Android apps for children to be rife with violations of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, a 1998 law designed to protect the online privacy of children under 13.

They studied 5,855 Android apps designed specifically for children, revealing that about 57 percent of them were potentially in violation of COPPA for a variety of different... Read More »

Topics: Security

New Keepsafe mobile browser on iOS and Android protects your privacy and passwords

Keepsafe has long provided a variety of secure apps focused primarily on privacy and it has now released the Keepsafe Browser app for Android and iOS as an effort to provide users with a safe, secure way to browse privately from mobile devices.

"People who use Keepsafe have told us that only half of them trust their system browser (Chrome and Safari) to conduct private searches," Keepsafe stated in a press release. "They are looking for ways to look up... Read More »

Topics: Security Software , Security

A buyer's guide to virtual private networks (VPNs) in 2018

On April 4, 2017, a measure was signed into federal law that allows Internet service providers to collect and sell your personal data without your consent. Things including your physical location, your favorite websites, and what Internet apps you use are all valid targets for a price tag. One of the ways you can maintain your privacy is with a virtual private network (VPN). While these were originally designed for business users, VPNs have greatly expanded in recent years... Read More »

Topics: Security Software , Windows Software , Mac Software , Security , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Security Center , Guides , security , Windows software , VPN

How to beef up your Chrome and Firefox security in 2018

Despite the existence of millions of popular apps and services today, the humble little web browser keeps on trucking. However, online security and privacy has gotten a lot trickier over the years, and both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox arguably need a few tweaks to their settings to help you stay safe on the web. Let's get you up to speed on password management, Google account management, two-factor authentication, spyware, virtual private networks, and more.

Google Chrome settings

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Topics: Browsers , Security Software , Windows Software , Mac Software , Security , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Security Center , Guides , security , Windows software , browsers

Monitor which Websites Your Kids Visit with These Apps

Monitoring apps let you track another person's activity on their iPhone or iPad, from messages and phone logs to app installations and phone locations. While parental control apps can be used by parents to track and restrict their children's activities or for employers to monitor their reports' actions on company devices, monitoring apps can also be used as illicit spying tools on untrustworthy lovers, for example. Just beware that iOS devices are harder to crack than... Read More »

Topics: Privacy Software , Popup Blocker Software , Parental Control , Corporate Security Software , Anti-Spyware , Firewall Software , Internet Security Software Suites , Security Software , Password Managers , Monitoring Software , Security , iOS Software , Antivirus Software , Encryption Software

Tags: Guides

Do iPhones Need Malware Protection?

Apple says that iOS devices don't need added antivirus apps, because they are inherently secure. In Apple's favor, its unique hardware, firmware, and software architecture; data encryption; and Touch ID, six-digit PIN codes, app store, and Find My iPhone features safeguard against most attacks. If you want even more protection and privacy, consider adding these security apps.

FAQs

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Topics: Privacy Software , Popup Blocker Software , Parental Control , Corporate Security Software , Anti-Spyware , Firewall Software , Internet Security Software Suites , Security Software , Password Managers , Monitoring Software , Security , iOS Software , Antivirus Software , Encryption Software

Tags: iOS