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Galaxy S20 series features Samsung’s first dedicated data security chipFollowing the example set by Google

Our mobile operating systems are protected with adequate software-based security measures to keep the miscreants away, but there's always more that can be done. Apple and Google took their safekeeping practices a step further when they introduced physical data security chips inside their phones a couple of years ago. Samsung is now joining them with its own version called Secure Element (SE) which the Galaxy S20 series already comes equipped with.

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Gmail got slightly better at blocking malicious Office documentsGoogle's new machine-learning algorithm detects 10% more malware

Gmail's spam and malware filters are among the best in the industry and block 99.9% of threats from reaching inboxes, according to Google. That doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement, as 0.1% can scale up to quite a substantial absolute number considering Gmail's big user base. Google has identified that malware in attachments (Office documents, in particular) tends to be dangerous due to its ever-changing nature, so it has developed an improved malware scanner that utilizes machine learning to stay ahead of the curve.

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Samsung owns up to 'small' data breach, but recent Find My Mobile notification not to blameMysterious ‘1’ push notification was entirely unrelated

Samsung customers around the world were perplexed recently when a mysterious "1" notification appeared on phones. Within a day, The Register reported about a data breach involving a small group of account holders and linked it to the ‘1’ notification that almost all Galaxy device owners received. Samsung has now admitted to a "small" data breach but says the two events are unrelated.

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Keep an eye on your little ones with the Arlo Baby Monitor for just $95, the lowest it's ever been (Update: Even cheaper)

Having a baby can be stressful, and even though old-fashioned baby monitors let you hear your little one, they're not as reassuring as more modern solutions. Arlo's Baby Monitor, which allows you to see and talk to your baby in real-time, is down to $95, the lowest price it's ever been.

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Slickwraps has been hacked, customer data is compromised (Update: Email notifications)Poor security has led to multiple breaches into Slickwraps databases

Slickwraps is one of the most well-known sellers of vinyl skins for computers, phones, tablets, game consoles, and other product categories. If you've ever bought something from Slickwraps (without PayPal or another similar service), now is the time to replace your credit card, because the company has suffered multiple data breaches impacting all customer data.

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The Play Store has a problem with sleazy apps that overcharge for basic functionalityA Google Lens wannabe charges $300 a year

Google is right to be proud of how well it keeps a vast majority of malware and scams out of the Play Store, but there is one particular kind of misleading applications that the company has trouble dealing with. So-called fleeceware apps are overcharging customers for basic functionality, but still deliver what they promise, which technically doesn't make them scams in Google's book. Some people end up with $300+ bills for an image search app that just redirects to Google Images, which is certainly not a genuine way of making money. Google has to step up its game to tackle these kinds of unethical apps.

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U.S. government claims Huawei has compromised law enforcement back doors in phone networksI thought the U.S. wanted back doors in phone networks 🤔

The battle between Huawei and the U.S. government over spying allegations shows no signs of stopping. Last month, the Department of Commerce attempted to place more trade limits on Huawei, and now the federal government is claiming Huawei has back doors in various cell networks across the world.

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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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'Autofill code from Messages' feature spotted, makes entering SMS-based 2FA keys a snap

Last year, a new "verification code autofill" setting appeared as part of a Play Services update that promised to plug the SMS-based 2FA gap for apps that use Android's snazzy SMS Retriever API for verification codes. In short, it would be another way to autofill SMS 2FA codes that might be able to work with any app, regardless of developer support. And based on user reports, the feature may be rolling out.

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BlueFrag security vulnerability allows code execution over Bluetooth on some Android devices

The importance of receiving Android's monthly security updates cannot be overstated. If you need another example for why that is, look no further than CVE-2020-0022 — a new vulnerability that allows code execution over Bluetooth connections on some Android devices.

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