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Android app market pirates busted by FBI

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Six Americans charged with large-scale piracy of Android apps.

But what about their "customers"?

Is there really an increased risk of malware from unlawfully acquired apps?

SSCC 156 - Warbiking in Manhattan, hubris for Google, and how less can be more [PODCAST]

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Sophos experts Chester Wisniewski and Paul Ducklin are back with this week's security podcast, turning plain old news into advice you can use.

Google's Android security chief: Don't bother with anti-virus. Is he serious?

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Google's chief security engineer for Android, Adrian Ludwig, claims that most users shouldn't bother with anti-virus and that security companies are overstating the problem of Android malware. Can he be serious? ...

LifeLock pulls Wallet app, says it wasn't compliant with data security standards

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The controversial identify theft protection company LifeLock says it has pulled down its LifeLock Wallet app over concerns that the app is not compliant with payment card industry standards.

We tell you why LifeLock's woes are less than surprising, and offer some tips to avoid identity theft.

LibreSSL, Linux Foundation, Play Store refunds and Viber shabbiness - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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How do you recover from Heartbleed? Can you get your money back from Google? And just how safe is the Viber instant messaging app?

Find out in 60 Second Security...

Heartbleed, Google Play and XP - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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How hard is Heartbleed recovery? How hard does Google Play try to keep the garbage out? And how hard are you trying to get over XP?

60 Second Security has the answers in a short, fun security video.

Google takes aim at deceptive advertising of Play Store apps

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Google has announced updates to its developer policies for the Play Store app market to ban certain types of misleading and underhanded advertising behavior.

We look at three apps that use now-forbidden promotional tactics, plus we offer security tips to help you avoid unwanted and malicious apps.

Is Amazon hacking our apps? Or doing us all a security favour?

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A war of words that started out as a fairly stinging criticism of Amazon has mellowed out into praise for the cloud services behemoth.

It seems that Amazon is checking mobile apps for security risks, and heaping advice on developers who have wandered off the straight and narrow...

Spyware app turns the privacy tables on Google Glass wearers

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A spyware app developed by two researchers has shown that Google Glass can be used to secretly take photos of whatever a Glass wearer is looking at without their knowledge - making the Glass user the one whose privacy and security is potentially compromised.

SSCC 139 - PWN2OWN, browser updates, Target alerts, PCI DSS and phishing [PODCAST]

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Is a browser less secure if more people like to hack it? Is it OK to ignore alerts simply because you get too many? Do you back yourself to spot every single phish? And just how smart is the Google Play Store?

Chester and Duck dissect these issues with their usual style in this week's Chet Chat podcast...

Advice on getting the most from Windows XP, courtesy of the Google Play Store

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Google Play just recommended some technical books I might like.

To help me get the most out of Windows XP...

Are you safe against mobile threats? Check out our tips for keeping the crooks away...

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Do you use a mobile device? (Of course you do!)

Read Sophos researcher Vanja Svajcer's paper, "Mobile Security Threat Report," and check out our expert tips for keeping the crooks away...

Fake BlackBerry BBM apps *still* in Google Play Store, one month after failed official release

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One month after BlackBerry didn't release it's much-awaited BBM app for Android, imposter apps can still be found in the Google Play Store.

Should it be so easy to get obviously-bogus imitations past Google's vetting process?

Monday review - the hot 20 stories of the week

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Catch up with all the security news from the last seven days - it's weekly roundup time.

Google tightens up Play Store policy, officially bans "off-market" updates...

Google has made a number of changes to its Android Play Store ecosystem recently.

There's now a rudimentary anti-virus provided with the OS, a ban on ad blockers, and, most recently, an official policy on sneaky "off-market" updates...

Google tells ad-blocking utilities on Android: "You're fired!" [POLL]

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Today, Google did a Donald Trump, as good as saying to a number of popular ad-blocking programs, "You're fired!"

Paul Ducklin investigates, and asks what this means for security vendors, who also aim to help you block things you don't want...

Android malware authors take a crack at the Japanese market

Android malware authors take a crack at the Japanese market

For every 1000 dodgy Android apps targeting Russian speakers, we've seen about one app aimed at Japan.

But that doesn't mean if you're in Japan you can let your guard down...