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Nexus 5, Galaxy S5 and iPhone 5s hacked at Pwn2Own event

The Samsung Galaxy S5, Apple iPhone 5s and Google Nexus 5 were amongst handsets to be successfully hacked during the Mobile Pwn2Own hacking competition, reports Forbes.

Apple Pay and security – what you need to know

Mobile payments look set to be one of the defining technologies of 2015, as the launch of Apple Pay catalyses a boom in cardless payments – both from Apple’s own system, and rivals playing catch-up.

Microsoft issues rapid fix to GroupMe exploit

iOS and Android messaging app GroupMe has had a possible vulnerability fixed quickly by Microsoft, according to The Register. There was no evidence to suggest any cybercriminals had been able to exploit the flaw before it was patched.

‘Find My Mobile’ system can be used to attack Samsung handsets

One of the most popular and useful security functions of mobile handsets can be turned against the owner.

Google outlines new security features in Android 5.0

Google has outlined the enhanced security credentials of the upcoming Android 5.0 – nicknamed Lollipop – in an official blog post.

Android Lollipop offers password protection against factory resets

The latest version of Android, nicknamed Lollipop, will offer a new feature that could make stolen phones a whole lot less valuable to thieves: the ability to only allow factory resets when entering a password.

iPad Air 2 – fingerprint security is here to stay

The latest version of the Apple iPad is due to be announced at an event later today, and according to Gizmodo, the Californian tech company are planning on bringing the fingerprint security system implemented in recent iPhones to its tablet market for the first time.

FBI Director “very concerned” with smartphone encryption

With Apple, Google and other tech companies responding to users’ demands for privacy with further smartphone encryption options, not everyone is happy. FBI Director James Comey is “very concerned” about increased mobile OS encryption, according to TechSpot.

BlackBerry security revisited: How do the BB10’s stack up?

Following the ground up overhaul of the BlackBerry operating system and accompanying launch of their new flagship smartphones last year, we wondered how they really stack up–security wise–against the other smartphones you might already have in your pocket or purse right now. How do new devices running Blackberry 10–as the new OS is called–compare to

Browser security gets a boost with updates to Chrome and Firefox for Android

It is now possible to enable HTTPS secure browsing on every website using Firefox for Android, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has announced.

BlackBerry signs up to FIDO anti-password alliance to seek new ways to keep data safe

BlackBerry has signed up to FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance – a group which is seeking to establish new methods to identify people quickly and safely, rather than relying on passwords for mobile security. FIDO is supported by internet giants such as Google and PayPal and is investigating alternative authentication technologies such as NFC chips, biometrics and one-time passwords, with a view to creating a standards-based system for passwordless authentication.

Tips for securing your household’s multiple digital devices

Summer is here and school is out, what better time to take a look at improving the cyber protection on all of your household’s many digital devices?

Fake iPhone charger can hack iOS in under 60 seconds

A fake iPhone charger could be used to bypass the defenses of Apple’s smartphone, three researchers from Georgia Tech have claimed. In an upcoming presentation at this summer’s Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, the researchers claim to have created a “malicious charger” which can inject software into an iOS device in under a minute.

Cybercrime a growing concern for businesses, security spending up at 40% of UK firms

Fears of cybercrime have become a major concern for many businesses – with security spending rising at four out of ten firms, a UK survey has found.

Gartner indicates shift to mobile computing happening faster than expected

According to a survey by technology industry analysts Gartner, the adoption of mobile devices is happening even faster than expected.

Rogue developers hiding Android malware in apps on Google Play

Respected security blogger Brian Krebs reports that an “explosion in Android malware” is being fuelled by a growing market for hijacked of rogue developer accounts on Google Play, Google’s official Android app store.

Android security issues: does a Microsoft Windows analogy make sense?

Malware targeting Android devices shows no signs of relenting, despite the enthusiasm of Android fans. We look at key data points and weigh risks to users.

Five tips to stay safer using Wi-Fi in public places

Want to be safer online using your laptop or tablet when using public Wi-Fi? You can. Here are our five essential tips. 1 First, if you are not going to use the Internet it’s a good idea to turn off Wi-Fi connectivity completely on your laptop, smartphone or tablet. You are then guaranteed that your

Trends for 2013: astounding growth of mobile malware

In 2012 the number of unique detections of malware for Android increased globally by a factor of 17X (yes, that is 1,700%), and we expect the increase in 2013 to be even greater. This is one of the main predictions in the white paper we are releasing today: "Trends for 2013: astounding growth of mobile

The Dynamic Duo for Securing your Android: Common Sense and Security Software

On Thursday, September 12, Duo Security, a young-but-respected vendor of two-factor authentication devices, announced the preliminary results of a study of over 20,000 Android devices from a two month old study they performed. Based on the results, they calculated that over half of Android devices on the market have security vulnerabilities that are, as yet,

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