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Your old Android phone is getting better about keeping you safe from barely-used apps

Your old Android phone is getting better about keeping you safe from barely-used apps

Google is alerting app developers to some big coding changes ahead of the planned expansion of Android's permission auto-reset policy. This means more users will have permissions they've granted to apps automatically revoked starting in December. Here's what you need to know as a consumer.

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Here's what Android 12's new Private Compute Core is actually going to do

Here's what Android 12's new Private Compute Core is actually going to do

Yesterday, when Android 12 Beta 5 rolled out, we spotted an apparent rebranding for Google's old Device Personalization Services, picking up the new Private Compute Core name. The stuff actually in that section of Settings remained the same, though, and Google told us the name would be a thing back when it announced Beta 2. Now the company is sharing more about its plans and what, precisely, a "Private Compute Core" means.

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WhatsApp will let you hide your 'Last Seen' status from anyone who can't be trusted

WhatsApp will let you hide your 'Last Seen' status from anyone who can't be trusted

Most modern messaging clients make it easy to see when your friends were last online. It's a helpful clue, letting you know if you should expect a quick response. Not everyone needs to know you were up until 4 AM the previous night, though. WhatsApp is about to make it a lot easier to manage who can and can't see your profile information, including the last time you logged on.

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Google is consolidating its Titan 2FA security key lineup down to two units

Google is consolidating its Titan 2FA security key lineup down to two units

Although they aren't infallible, Google's Titan 2FA security keys are a great, easy-to-use option for regular users looking to add a physical gadget to their account login methods. Up until today, it's been sold in several different variants, including USB-A and USB-C configurations, along with Bluetooth and NFC options for connecting wirelessly. It's been a few years since this 2FA key launched, making it a perfect time for a quick refresh.

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Nest's server problems will matter less with its latest cameras

Nest's server problems will matter less with its latest cameras

Oh, Google, you so sly. In today's announcement of the new generation of Nest cameras, the company highlighted all of the improvements that make these cams more powerful than ever, to a point where you could use them without a paid subscription. What caught our attention, though, was an unadmitted truth: Google has kind of fixed Nest servers' frequent downtime issues without really saying it did that.

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The Play Store is getting Apple-style privacy labels: here's our first look

The Play Store is getting Apple-style privacy labels: here's our first look

Back in May, Google announced that the Play Store was also getting App Store-style privacy labels, one-upping Apple's implementation by requiring extra information about customer security, if user data can be deleted, and whether permissions are optional or required. Like it or hate it, the new "safety section," as Google calls it, will be mandatory for all apps on the Play Store, kicking into gear in Q2 2022. And today, Google is sharing a few more specifics on precisely how it will work, what it might look like, and how developers can prepare.

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Google celebrates 10 years of bugs, and 10 years of paying people to find them

Google celebrates 10 years of bugs, and 10 years of paying people to find them

Google launched its bug bounty program more than ten years ago now, and it's safe to say it's been a big success. Last year alone, the company paid out a whopping $6.7 million to independent researchers who discovered issues with its products. As it heads into its second decade, Google's Vulnerability Rewards Program (or VRP) has shared some details surrounding its accomplishments, along with a major reinvention of the entire platform.

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Google gives its cookie replacement FLoC a more precise timeline

Google gives its cookie replacement FLoC a more precise timeline

Last month Google revised its target timeframe for FLoC, the new privacy-focused replacement technology for advertising and other tracking cookies, into 2023. Now the company has a more precise timeline of events for its multi-staged plan to implement the Federated Learning of Cohorts tool for Chrome, which is now in the early stages of testing.

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Ring brings its users a welcome dose of privacy as end-to-end video encryption goes global

Ring brings its users a welcome dose of privacy as end-to-end video encryption goes global

Amazon-owned subsidiary Ring is putting more security into its security, so to speak. The company is expanding availability of video end-to-end encryption worldwide, launching support for authenticator apps as a second step to verify logins, and making ownership transfer of Ring products easier.

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Gmail's latest anti-fraud measure promises to show you corporate logos

Gmail's latest anti-fraud measure promises to show you corporate logos

Despite years upon years of attempts to drown out phishing scams from the email ecosystem, fraudulent messages are still painfully commonplace. Last year, Google announced support for BIMI, a standard aimed at verifying major organizations and loading in additional metadata for improved security. The rollout began with G Suite users almost a full year ago while the bugs were worked out of the system, but it's now coming to the rest of Gmail.

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