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Pixel lockscreen PIN bug is making phones unusable

Dozens of Pixel owners are reporting that they can't authenticate into their devices because every time they put their PIN in, the phone loops them back to the lock screen. The issue, which was first reported on the Pixel Phone Help forum nearly a month ago, seems to be affecting Pixel XLs the most, though there have been mentions of other Pixel, Pixel 2, and Pixel 3 series devices. So far, product experts have been encouraging affected users to escalate the issue with Google directly or reset their device from recovery.

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Google rolling out SMS verification code autofill to Android

Certain apps are able to automatically input SMS verification codes through Google's SMS Retriever API. If the app doesn't utilize the API, Android Messages is able to detect those codes and let users copy them right from the SMS notification. Now, it appears that Google is about to close the gap by having its own Autofill service pull SMS verification codes all by itself with the latest Google Play services update.

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'Simjacker' exploit can compromise vulnerable phones with just an SMS message

Yesterday, security researchers at AdaptiveMobile Security revealed the existence of a new exploit they call "Simjacker," which they say allows for remote surveillance from targeted phones (among other potential actions) using nothing more than a malicious SMS. They even claim that the exploit has been actively used over the last two years by "a highly sophisticated threat actor in multiple countries." It all sounds like a pretty big deal, and unfortunately for concerned consumers, the researchers leave plenty of unanswered questions.

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Grab an Arlo Q two-pack HD wireless security camera bundle for $203 ($77 off)

If you’re looking at making your home safer, security cameras are a great way to keep an eye on your property and receive alerts in case something might be wrong. Thanks to this deal on Arlo Q Wi-Fi cameras, you can save $73 on a two-pack bundle, down to $203.

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Ring video doorbells and security camera are as low as $150 for Labor Day (up to 16% off)

 

There are many reasons you might want to keep an eye on your house when you're away: whether it's to see who's at the door from anywhere or record the theft of your Tesla, we usually feel safer with smart doorbells and cameras keeping an eye on our homes. These devices are somehow pricey, but thanks to a Labor Day deal on several Ring products, you can save up to 16% on a new Video Doorbell 2, Pro, or Stick Up Cam.

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Cryptographic key used to sign one of Facebook's Android apps compromised

The security of Android app updates hinges on the secrecy of a given app's signing key. It's how app updates are verified as secure, and if it falls into the wrong hands, false updates could be distributed containing nefarious changes. As a result, developers usually guard signing keys quite closely, but someone at Facebook seriously messed up. A key used by the company to digitally sign its Free Basics by Facebook app has been compromised, and third-party apps reusing the key have been spotted online.

After APK Mirror and Android Police owner Artem Russakovskii discovered the issue and reported it to Facebook, the original app listing was pulled from the Play Store and replaced with a new app using a new signing key.

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Grab a third-gen August Smart Lock for $77, its lowest price ever

Do you need a smart door lock? If so, the third-generation August Smart Lock is down to $76.62 on Amazon, its lowest recorded price. The lock usually goes for around $100-112, so this is a decent discount if you're interested in bolstering your home's security.

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Arlo Ultra 4K wireless security cameras are up to $56 off

When we reviewed the Arlo Ultra, we were impressed by its video quality and battery life, but found its price to be very steep. Thankfully, the product is now on sale, down to $546 ($54 off) for a two-pack, or $756 ($44) for three cameras.

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Yubico's new security key works with both USB Type-C and Lightning

Yubico makes some of the best USB security keys currently available. The company's products make it easy to add hardware-based two-factor authentication to many online accounts, but varying connectors and OS limitations make it harder to use them across platforms. Now Yubico has something closer to the best solution: the YubiKey 5Ci.

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Grab Xiaomi's Mi Home Wi-Fi security camera for just $30 ($10 off)

Xiaomi products are known to be affordable and do the job well, including its Mi Home security camera. The product was initially sold for a reasonable $40 but has just received a $10 markdown, making it quite a bargain for just $30.

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