Tag Archives: smartphones

Stolen cellphone databases switched on by major US carriers

Posted November 1, 2012 AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint have flipped the switch on databases that will track stolen cellphones and block them from being used on the major carriers’ networks. Now, just make sure you’ve got your phone’s ID number written down somewhere, and try not to go into a cellphone coma on the […]

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Want to use your gadgets at takeoff and landing? US FAA to review policy

Posted March 20, 2012 It doesn’t quite stretch to smartphones yet, but the US Federal Aviation Administration has announced they’re going to take a “fresh look” at using personal devices such as e-readers and tablets during takeoff on planes. Here’s the article.

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US Army warns about the risks of geotagging

Posted  March 14, 2012 The security risk of geotagging is obvious for soldiers: Every time your smartphone uploads a photo to Facebook, it includes exact latitude and longitude. The same goes for anybody: Geotagging on Timeline, Foursquare et al. presents a Dummies Guide to Stalking. Here’s the story on Naked Security.   

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USA to equip military, government officials with Androids

Posted February 6, 2012 The United States is preparing a modified version of Google’s Android operating system to allow soldiers to use smartphones. Read the story on Naked Security.

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Verizon blocks Google Wallet over security concerns

Verizon and Google are sparring over who will control mobile phone payment systems, but consumers seem to be left without choice in the United States. Read more here. 

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Android permissions glitch allows eavesdropping, data theft

Academic researchers have demonstrated flaws in the Android permissions system that could allow rogue applications to gain access to SMS messages, GPS or even record audio from affected devices. Read the story on NakedSecurity.

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