Posts Tagged ‘Android security’

Most alarming security threats for Android usersCell-phone, especially smart-phone, has become a vital part of our lives and we can’t seem to even start our day without it.

The digital era that we live in today demands us to stay on the go and hence smart-phones have become an essential extension of our ‘self’. Where the worldwide sales and usage of smart-phone have skyrocketed, the threat of cyber crime and malware has also increased drastically. With our private information not so private, we are exposed to a number of security risks and hacking.

Fake apps, malicious software updates, nasty MMSs and tempting games are some of the common ways to trap Android users. By taking some precautionary measures, the threat of cyber exploitation can be minimized. (more…)

Security NewsA critical vulnerability in Google allows access to the Google’s production servers

A Team of researchers discovered a critical XML External Entity (XXE) vulnerability on Google server that allows users to customize their toolbars with new buttons by uploading XML files containing layout properties. Sounds ridiculous but has been proven by the security researchers from Detectify.

Curious that the researchers used Google dorking to search for vulnerabilities within unpopular applications managed by Google, The Google Toolbar button gallery was the application that most of all attracted their attention.

The vulnerability resides in the Toolbar Button Gallery (as shown). The team of researchers found a loophole after they noticed that Google Toolbar Button Gallery allows users to customize their toolbars with new buttons. (more…)

Android App Security5 Ways To Secure Your Next Android App

Android security has become a hot button issue among Android users and developers alike. While the Android platform does offer significantly more freedom when compared to iOS, BlackBerry and Microsoft operating systems, this freedom has a trade off; Android devices and applications have often been seen as far less secure than other options. For this reason, Android developers need to take special precautions when securing their applications. (more…)

Android HackedThe possibility of infiltration by malware on android phones remains real. Antivirus applications were touted as possible solutions for attacks on android gadgets. However, their effectiveness remains a debatable question. One of the reasons for this uncertainty is that malwares are mostly packaged, albeit under camouflage, with apps that you choose to install because you need them. There is need, therefore, to identify an android secure system that will be fool proof on your gadget.

So What Are the Best Ways To Secure Android?

One of the basic rules of firm that you need to employ to protect your android is to ensure that you are vigilant when downloading updates. You must carry out a background search to ascertain what you are installing. One of the best ways to secure android gadgets is to simply avoid unknown sources when updating or downloading anything. Sideloading is a popular term in software and download circles. It is used to refer to downloading game and apps from sources other than Google Play. Whereas a few app stores are genuine, many are phony, and generate loads of malwares that bedevil android gadgets. Do not install apps on request, or from random sources. Turn off automatic updates, especially those from unknown sources. Check your android to ensure that the unknown sources tab is unmarked. If by chance you wish to download an app from other sources you are sure of, uncheck the unknown sources box once you are through with the download. It can be observed that the best ways to secure android are easy to master. (more…)

VPN LogoIntroduction to the phenomenon:

Virtual private network plays an important role to connect remote offices and also provide security to the data. As an extension the VPN in public helps us deal with IP addresses in public as well as other places. The data can be sent anywhere under the protection of the private network which keeps it safe. The data available on extended resources can be accessed as on a particular network through the VPN. This helps users to gain their information, data and resources throughout the world under the banner of VPN which provides them safety in this regard.

The use of android:

In java language code is mostly customized. Android is a Linux-based operating system designed especially to touchscreen mobile devices such as smart phones in addition to tablet computers and is no doubt the most used operating system in the world today used almost by used by 71% of the mobile developer population. It has enormous applications data bank and in almost in every field of human life. Android was introduced officially in 2007 with many Hardware, Software and Telecommunications companies adamant in advancing to open standards for mobile devices and thus started a journey of Android smart phones along with tablets. Android is open source. This open-source code actually allows the software to be freely modified and distributed by device manufacturers, wireless carriers and developers. Currently, Android has a large community of developers, writing applications that give the endless possibilities and functionalities to devices. (more…)

AviraAvira Free Android Security 2.0 – now with the functions of scanning and removing viruses

After a successful beta test, Avira announced the official release of an update Avira Free Android Security 2.0. Now the free app to block unauthorized access to mobile Android devices adds to the functions of the remote lock and erase capabilities of a comprehensive scan and remove viruses. Avira Free Android Security 2.0 supports smartphones and tablets running Android 2.2 and above.

“Avira has developed an application that combines the physical security of mobile devices and virtual security of the data on it,” – said Leon Crutchley, manager of mobile products Avira. The reports sounded company says that nearly 700,000 apps available in the online store Google Play Store, contain malicious code. When installing any software Avira Free Android Security 2.0 performs a check using their own anti-virus scanning engine – the owner of specialized awards. This is to prevent the installation of unwanted components in the operating system, tablet or smartphone. (more…)

Android HackedWell-known security expert Android-apps Jon Oberheide of Duo Security two years ago broke the Android Market and shown how to distribute malicious code through updates to applications.

After appearing in Google Play antivirus and emulator for testing new applications Android Bouncer he analyzed these tools and show how they can be avoided. Now colleagues of Jon Oberheide from the universities of Hanover and Marburg (Germany) have published a new study, where they continue to reveal the theme of love malicious software to the platform Android. The report, “Why Eve and Mallory Love Android: An Analysis of Android (In) Security” is dedicated to finding examples of incorrectly implemented SSL / TLS in the Android-applications.

The authors demonstrate that the catalog Google Play you can find thousands of applications from serious errors in the implementation of SSL / TLS, which makes them vulnerable to attacks such as MiTM and gives attackers access to the private information of users. One of the common mistakes – function not check SSL-certificate, which left in the application code after debugging. It happens that the application accepts any SSL-certificate or with any host. (more…)