Android has some critical remotely-exploitable security holes. But can you get the patch?

Remote code execution vulnerabilities have been found in the Android operating system, and patches released for Nexus devices.

But what about your smartphone? Is there a patch for you, and can you get your hands on it?

Google bans over 780m ‘bad ads’ to protect online experience

Google has banned over 780 million so-called ‘bad ads’ in 2015 alone, explaining that these advertisements have breached the terms of their policies.

Google testing password-free account sign-in

Google has announced that it is piloting a new sign-in system that will, if successful, replace passwords. User authentication will be delivered through a smartphone.

The security review: VM machines and security, online banking and VTech data breach

The last seven days in information security have been notable to say the least, with VTech experiencing a major data breach and Google being the subject of a complaint over data gathering practices. Read on for more on both these stories, as well as other highlights of the past week.

Facebook to alert users to state-sponsored cyberattacks

Facebook has revealed that it will let its users know if their accounts have been subject to state-sponsored cyberattacks.

Android trojan drops in, despite Google’s Bouncer

ESET recently discovered an interesting stealth attack on Android users, an app that is a regular game but with an interesting addition: the application was bundled with another application.

New report explains gulf between security experts and non-experts

Security experts and non security experts take very different attitudes to staying safe online, according to new research.

Google to add permission controls in upcoming Android M

At the Google I/O event in San Francisco, the company announced a number of changes to its Android mobile operating system, including the option to deny any app individual permissions.

Google reveals failure of ‘secret question’ password recall

A research paper from Google has looked into the difficulties of standard ‘forgotten password’ personal information verification.

Google Admin console email spoofing loophole patched

A vulnerability in Google Admin that could have allowed domains to be claimed to send out authentic seeming spoofed emails has been patched by the company, reports The Register.

Google announces ‘Vulnerability Research Grants’

Google has announced it is to pay out research grants to security researchers seeking out potential bugs, even if they turn up empty-handed, reports ZDNet.

Google security – how to lock down your Google account

If you use Gmail as your ‘main’ email account – or rely on Google services such as Drive for work – it’s well worth revisiting Google’s Settings menus to give your Google security a boost.

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.

Google now offers USB key authentication

Google has added an extra layer of security to its browser, by introducing USB authentication to Chrome, the company has announced in an official blog post.

POODLE Attack – Google uncovers major flaw in SSL 3.0

In an announcement eerily reminiscent of the early phases of the Heartbleed flaw that took internet security by storm earlier in the year, Google has uncovered an exploit that could allow attackers to decode the plaintext traffic of a secure connection.

How to change Safari’s default search engine in iOS 8 for greater privacy

With iOS 8, you can – for the first time – switch your Safari browser’s search engine to alternatives such as DuckDuckGo. Find out why you might want to and, in fairness, why you might NOT want to…

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