Android Privacy – Weekly Content Round-Up

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Android privacy is the focus of  Vuze's content round-up.

Protecting your personal data and privacy continues to be a hotly debated topic among cyber experts, privacy rights advocates and consumers. It’s importnat to note that privacy breaches aren’t limited to online activity only. Devices are at risk too. For people concerned with privacy flaws and limitations on Android this round-up is for you.

Google won’t force Android encryption by default (update)

By Timothy J. Seppala for Engadget

Despite early announcements that encryption would be turned on by default  for Android device users recent findings have shown that that’s not the case. Unfortunately, there have been some difficulties with third-party OEMs citing that hardware compatibility is the culprit.

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“The idea behind device encryption being the standard is that everyone’s data would be safe, almost automatically, from prying eyes unless your password was compromised. By turning the feature on by default, mobile devices protect their users’ privacy without you even having to think about it.”

Sailfish Secure wants to be an Android alternative safe from spies’ prying eyes

By Rich Trenholm for CNET

Privacy-minded smartphone users rejoice! Finnish company Jolla has been hard work developing an Android alternative privacy-focused OS called Salifish Secure.

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“So Sailfish Secure is the latest in a growing trend of mobile hardware and software that places an emphasis on privacy in the wake of revelations about government agency mass surveillance of electronic communications.”

Android kids’ tablets full of dangerous security flaws

By Paul Wagenseil for Tom’s Guide

In a recent report released by Bluebox it was shared that many child-centric tablets aren’t as secure as parents might like them to be. Several top brands and products contain security flaws that can expose kids to identity theft and malware, among other things.

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“Unpatched software vulnerabilities and hidden “backdoors” appear to be common, and some tablets even transmit childrens’ names, birthdates and photos across the Internet in plain text, exposing youngsters to greater risk of identity theft.”

What the FREAK? Why Android and iPhone users need to pay attention to the latest hot vulnerability

By Thomas Fox-Brewster for Forbes

The latest cyber-vulnerability to impact users is FREAK and much like Heartbleed it’s wreaking havoc and concern over security and privacy of Android users, as well as other operating systems.

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“OpenSSL issued a fix back in January, but as Android manufacturers often take their time to issue updates, it may be some time until all Android users are completely safe from FREAK attacks.”

You can now call or text anyone with end-to-end encryption, for free

By Kashmir Hill for Fusion

Open Whisper Systems is making encrypted text and phone calls possible for Android users who are concerned with protecting their privacy. Their new Signal app is now available for download.

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“Signal is compatible with Open Whisper System’s years-old Android offerings—secure calling app Redphone and secure texting app TextSecure—meaning the creation of an ecosystem for secure communications that didn’t previously exist as a free option.”

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