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July 22, 2017

What are Android App permissions, and how do devs implement them?

From recording videos, to making phone calls, to completing purchases and posting updates to your various social media accounts – there’s countless legitimate reasons why an Android app might require access to sensitive services, device capabilities, or user information.

However, exploiting access to sensitive data and device features is also a favourite technique of malicious apps, so to help keep users and their devices safe, Android apps run in a limited access sandbox by default. If your app requires access to anything that isn’t included in this basic sandbox, then it needs to ask for the user’s permission.

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July 19, 2017

Google’s new security features will protect you from unverified apps

Over the course of the last few months, Google has introduced quite a few safety measures including anti-phishing tools, among others, and revealed plans for improved security in Android O. Now, the company is taking things a step further with additional security features that block unverified apps and App Scripts.

Starting today, you’ll see a new “unverified app” screen when trying to access newly created web apps and Apps Scripts that haven’t gone through Google’s app verification system yet. When this happens, you have the option of proceeding at your own risk by typing “continue” in the text box that pops up, a process that should mitigate the blind clicking of [...]

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April 10, 2017

Google testing new way to learn from your data while protecting privacy

Google has outlined a new machine learning model which it is testing in an attempt to increase user privacy. The company discussed the new process, which it is calling Federated Learning, in a post on its research blog late last week.

Typically, training algorithms requires storing user data on servers (or “the cloud”) to process it. However, this poses a potential security concern, as cloud-based data can be targetted by hackers.

With Federated Learning, Google claims that it can achieve this data collection and training on an individual’s device — and the learning can still be shared. This process does mean that some data is transferred to Google’s servers, [...]

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March 16, 2017

Learn the secrets of hacking Android

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At Google I/O last year, the Android development team acknowledged that mobile security was their top concern going into 2017.

Little surprise there. Mobile tech is becoming ubiquitous, but its security still lags well behind that of desktops and laptops. More and more people are shopping and checking their bank accounts from their smartphones, making their personal and financial information more vulnerable than ever.

The best way to learn how to protect yourself is to know how the bad guys operate.

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