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Google remotely deletes The Great Suspender Chrome extension after malware accusations

Google remotely deletes The Great Suspender Chrome extension after malware accusations

The popular Chrome extension The Great Suspender has been itself suspended from Google's Chrome Web Store. The extension is also being remotely disabled on customer's devices, with a warning that it is "dangerous" and "may contain malware." Reportedly, this is because of some sketchy changes that happened when the extension traded hands last year, including tracking code discovered in the extension.

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This Google Play Pass app with over 10 million installs has been outed as malware

This Google Play Pass app with over 10 million installs has been outed as malware

Google's reign over the Play Store often feels arbitrary, with legitimate apps disappearing for bogus reasons like out-of-context words or images while malware is striving. Another case has surfaced of an app turning into malware right under Play Protect's nose, and this time, the perpetrator is a Play Pass app with over 10 million installs: The generically named Barcode Scanner app. It has been removed since its discovery, but the developer's account remains active and offers other applications.

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Google's Advanced Protection Program now offers improved malware detection in Chrome

Google's Advanced Protection Program now offers improved malware detection in Chrome

Google’s Advanced Protection Program gives users an extra security layer to protect their online accounts and data from prying eyes, especially useful for journalists, activists, and the like. For over a year, the initiative has alerted users of potentially malicious files downloaded through Chrome. Google is now taking that a step further to make the tool even more useful in identifying malware.

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Researchers finally discover how Android malware that could survive factory resets works

Researchers finally discover how Android malware that could survive factory resets works

Earlier this year, a story made the rounds about a new kind of malware afflicting Android handsets. But it was this malware's pernicious nature that really made headlines, as it could even survive complete factory resets on afflicted phones. This insidious malware was named xHelper. At the time, we didn't know how it managed this impressive (but scary) achievement, but security researchers at Kaspersky have since dug into its inner workings, revealing an incredibly sophisticated system that installs itself to an Android phone's system partition, and even changes how the system works to prevent it from being "easily" removed.

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Cloudflare introduces free DNS resolvers for blocking malware and adult content

Cloudflare introduces free DNS resolvers for blocking malware and adult content

Cloudflare is mostly known as a B2B company working on speeding up and protecting websites (including our own), but in recent years, the web-infrastructure business has pivoted to consumers. It offers a VPN app on Android and lets anyone use its DNS lookup service 1.1.1.1 that's supposedly faster than any other. To make browsing the web even safer via its resolver, the company has introduced a new service that blocks malware and adult content, dubbed "1.1.1.1 for families."

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2FA apps like Google Authenticator reportedly vulnerable to malware snooping

2FA apps like Google Authenticator reportedly vulnerable to malware snooping

Using app-generated one-time passcodes (OTPs) is perhaps the easiest and most cost-effective way to add a second authentication layer to all your online accounts and services. They eliminate almost any chances of an unauthorized person accessing your accounts even if they’ve got hold of your passwords. But it would be a scary situation if the passcodes within those apps were compromised, and that's just the threat Google Authenticator is facing right now thanks to some banking malware.

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Google prevented 1.9 billion Android malware installs in 2019, still has a long way to go

Google prevented 1.9 billion Android malware installs in 2019, still has a long way to go

With recent scam apps incidents in mind, it might look like Google isn't very good at keeping malware and fraud out of the Play Store, but the company is hard at work to allow as little in as possible. It has shared today that thanks to security advancements, it could keep more than 790,000 policy-violating apps from entering the Play Store, and has also prevented more than 1.9 billion malware installs from sources outside of its distribution platform in 2019.

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New spyware on Android pretends to be a system update for your phone

New spyware on Android pretends to be a system update for your phone

Google's monthly patches help keep Android safe from malicious attacks (assuming your phone's manufacturer is willing to ship updates on time). So long as you're careful when downloading apps from outside the Play Store, keeping your device secure is pretty easy these days, even as new attackers try to distribute dangerous viruses. This week, mobile security researchers have discovered spyware that pretends to be a system update, only to take total control of the smartphone after being installed.

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Get 2TB of cloud storage and a VPN for less than a latte a month

Get 2TB of cloud storage and a VPN for less than a latte a month

If you're still surfing the web without a VPN, you may be leaving your device open to hackers and other digital ne'er do wells who would love nothing more than to exploit your browsing habits for personal gain. To help you keep your online activities safe and secure, our new friends at Ivacy are offering a massive 87% savings on a five-year subscription to their premium VPN service that includes 2TB of free encrypted cloud storage.

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People have been review-bombing the wrong Barcode Scanner app

People have been review-bombing the wrong Barcode Scanner app

This week, it was uncovered that a Google Play Pass app with over 10 million installs turned into malware and distributed pesky popup advertisements. Google already long removed this app from the Play Store, but due to its generic name — "Barcode Scanner" — the original, legitimate Barcode Scanner app bearing the same name found itself caught in the crossfire and received numerous unwarranted 1-star ratings accusing it of being malware.

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