Posts Tagged ‘android’

Google Family Link for Android – More Control Over Your Kids’ Devices

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Just in case your teenage children have run out of things to complain about …

Google Family Link is a new application for Android that gives you more control over the Android devices of your kids. This reads a bit like parental controls, and it is to a degree. The main idea behind the app is to give parents control over various aspects of their children’s devices. Among other things, it allows parents to set a bedtime for the device, monitor the on-screen time, and manage the apps that kids can use.

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Security Issues Found in Nine Password Managers for Android (LastPass, Dashlane, …)

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Considering how often major security problems with password managers seem to turn up, you’d probably be better off just writing down your passwords down on the back of a business card.

Security researchers of the Fraunhofer Institute found severe security issues in nine password managers for Android that they analyzed as part of their research. Password managers are a popular option when it comes to storing authentication information. All promise secure storage either locally or remotely, and some may add other features to the mix such as password generation, automatic sign ins, or the saving of important data such as Credit Card numbers or Pins.

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Large Number of Android VPN Apps Insecure

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

It turns out that a lot of Android apps that rely on VPN services, aren’t as private and secure as we were lead to believe.

Virtual Private Networks (VPN) have evolved from a technology used mostly by businesses to one that is used by more and more home users as well. Reasons are manifold, but improved privacy and security are certainly two key features that make a growing number of home users use VPN services and apps. Without going into too much detail; a VPN protects a device’s IP address as traffic flows through it instead of directly to the user’s system.

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Android Malware Campaign Hijacks More than 1 million Google Accounts

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

… And the moral to the story is never, ever, ever download apps from third party sites.

A new malware campaign, dubbed Gooligan by Check Point, has successfully breached more than 1 million Google accounts up to this point according to the company. About 13,000 new devices are breached every day by the malware campaign. According to Check Point’s research, Android 4 and 5 are the main target of the attack which account for a little bit less than 75% of all Android devices out there.

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PhotoScan by Google Photos for Android

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

I’m having a hard time believing that the resolution would be as good as what one can get via a flat bed scanner, but this is still an interesting idea.

PhotoScan by Google Photos is a new Android application by Google to scan printed photos using your device’s built-in camera. PhotoScan is a new scanner app from Google Photos that lets you scan and save your favorite printed photos using your phone’s camera. You have several options at hand if you want to turn your printed photos into digital copies. You could simply use the camera of the smartphone to photograph the photos for instance.

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Opera VPN Launches for Android

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Given the popularity of VPN services, this makes a lot of sense. Once Opera figures out a way to monetize this free service, I’d expect other software companies might pick up on it too.

Opera Software released its free VPN application for Android today after making it available to iOS devices earlier this year. The company’s journey as a VPN provider started with its acquisition of SurfEasy VPN. Opera Software promoted services of SurfEasy shortly thereafter in the Opera desktop browser, and launched a free browser proxy back in April 2016.

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Android – Know Who Tried to Get in Your Phone

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

Using your phone’s camera to take a picture of whoever makes an unsuccessful attempt to unlock the phone sounds like a good idea, but the ads that the free version of the program feed you sound like they’d get pretty annoying, pretty quick.

Third Eye is a free application for Google Android devices that has been designed to take snapshots of people who try to unlock the device but fail to do so. It’s a good idea to protect your mobile devices with a pin or other form of protection, not only because it is useful when it falls into the wrong hands but also to protect your privacy when someone you know tries to access it without your permission. Android devices don’t reveal to you when someone failed to access the device. That’s where Third Eye comes into play as it steps in and lets you know about any failed attempt to unlock the Android devices.

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Opera Mini Update Brings Ad Blocker

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Interesting. First, Opera released a browser VPN/proxy, and now they’ve included a built-in ad blocker. It sounds like Opera has been listening to its customers.

Opera Software published an update for the Opera Mini application today that introduces an ad blocker to the mobile web browser. After making an ad blocker available in the desktop version of Opera, or more precisely, the Developer edition of the browser, recently, Opera Software just added the very same feature to Opera Mini as well. Opera Mini is a lightweight browser that has existed since the good old Nokia days where phones were not all that powerful and Internet transfers not speedy at all.

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First Look at “Make Page Mobile-Friendly” in Chrome Dev for Android

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

It sounds like there are still a few bugs to work out, but at least Google is making an effort to keep up with Mozilla regarding solutions for mobile friendly page apps.

Mobile-Friendly View is a new feature of Google Chrome Dev for Android that users of the mobile browser can use to turn pages that are not optimized for mobile access into pages that are. Not every web page on the Internet is optimized for mobile access. This is especially true for pages that have not been optimized in a long while. While you can usually access these pages on mobile devices, you will more often than not notice that it is difficult to access the main content of those pages.

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How to Download Map Data for Offline Use in Google Maps for Android

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Here’s a great trick for those times when you’re headed to an area that has poor mobile reception, but you still need to be able to check out Google Maps.

Google added map downloads, offline navigation and other capabilities to the most recent version of its maps software Google Maps. I’m still looking for a travel app for my trip to Asia next January that allows me to download maps to the device in advance so that I can use the mapping app even if I don’t have access to Internet. The new capabilities were reason enough to take another look at Google Maps.

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