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Smartphone passcodes are protected by the Fifth Amendment, says US court

Passcode. Image courtesy of ymgerman / Shutterstock.

Cops can still force suspects to unlock phones with a fingerprint but passcodes are off the agenda... for now.

Police push for phone screen locking by default

Locked phone. Image courtesy of Shutterstock

The UK's Met Police has been putting pressure on mobile device makers to enable screen locks on all new mobile devices, to encourage better security and reduce theft.

Stolen phone snaps selfie of mystery man who entered wrong PIN


Could be the thief, could be an innocent guy who just happened to pick up a stray mobile phone - hard to say! That's why police in Essex, UK, are keen to have a chat with him.

Smartphone PINs skimmed with microphone and camera

Smartphone PINs cracked with microphone and camera - a game-changer for phone security?

A new program, dubbed PIN Skimmer by its University of Cambridge creators, can correctly guess a high proportion of PINs by utilising the device's camera and microphone.

Is your smartphone broadcasting your movements when you shop?

Red radar screen

If you walk around carrying a smartphone with WiFi enabled then you are broadcasting your own unique radio beacon. MAC address tracking, also known as Mobile Location Analytics (MLA), is of serious interest to companies trying to sell you things.

Saga of a stolen iPhone, as told by a trail of automatically uploaded selfies

Saga of a stolen iPhone, as told by a trail of automatically uploaded selfies

A thief who stole a woman's iPhone forgot to turn off the auto-upload image feature. So the victim turned his adventures into a blog called 'life of a stranger who stole my phone'.

Mobile apps for kids collecting and sharing information with third parties


The second of two FTC reports on kids' mobile apps shows that the industry hasn't improved with regards to privacy, with many apps sharing personal information with third parties, all without notifying parents or asking for their permission.

But did she STEAL the iPhone? App takes photo of woman trying to unlock it

Stolen iPhone snaps photo of woman who tries to unlock it

A woman who tried to unlock a stolen iPhone unwittingly took her own photo. An application on the phone then automatically sent the photo to the owner, who called the police.

It's a good reminder that there are tools out there, either free or darn close to it, that can track your stolen or lost smartphone.

Mobile phone theft on the rise - here's how to protect your data for free

Mobile phone theft on the rise - here's how to protect your data for free

Research released today has revealed that the theft of mobile phones is on the rise.

This isn't just about losing an expensive phone - there's also the threat of losing your data and money.

Learn how to better protect your phone.

Suspected Android SMS malware author arrested in France


French police have arrested a 20-year-old man in Northern France, in connection with an attack that infected thousands of Android smartphones with money-making malware.

RoMOS - Russia rolls its own secure tablet because it doesn't trust Google Android

RoMOS - Russia rolls its own secure tablet because it doesn't trust Google Android

Increasingly concerned about its reliance on Western mobile technologies and data networks, the Russian government this week announced that a government sponsored project has produced a secure tablet for use by state industries and government officials.

Apple's iCloud syncs stolen iPhone photos to nab thief

Apple's iCloud syncs stolen iPhone photos to nab thief

A Facebook user used Apple's iCloud to identify the thief who stole her iPhone on a Disney cruise. While an interesting story, what can you do to better protect your smartphone or tablet to not have to repeat this process if your device is stolen?

Smartphones: which one do you like best?

smartphones: which is the best?

Which is the better smartphone choice: iPhone, Android, Blackberry? Which is most secure? Check out what Naked Security readers thought, and take the chance to have your say.

Lost your mobile? You're not alooooooone...

man talking into banana phone

I have left phones in airplanes, in cabs, at friends' houses, is embarrassing really. But it turns out I'm not the only one.

Google subpoenaed by FBI to access a pimp's pattern-locked Samsung smartphone

pimp by Carole

The story of the Pimpin Hoes Daily gang founder Dante Dears, his pattern-locked Samsung phone, the feds, google, and subpoenas. Why couldn't the FBI get into the locked phone? Get the popcorn - this is interesting.

Twitter tarnished by iPhone contact scandal

twitterbird ooops

As Twitter admits that its mobile apps, once installed, download and store your private phonebook information, and Apple get grilled by a congressional inquiry about privacy, we ask whether consumers should be treated a little less like cattle and a bit more like valued customers?

Toddlers and technology: a bad mix?

Baby talking on mobile phone

Do your kids use your phone, laptop or tablet? Turns out you are not alone. A recent survey shows that 60% of little people aged six months to two years play with such devices. Question is, what are the security implications?

April Fool: Apple iPad and other popular devices vulnerable to data loss through "substrate hack"

Apple iPad and other devices vulnerable to data loss through "substrate hack"

SophosLabs has found an alarming vector by which personal and private data can leak from smartphones and portable computing devices such as the Apple iPad and iPad 2.

New Android Trojan horse could prove costly


Is it HongTouTou, Adrd or Geinimi? One thing is clear - new malware for Android smartphones is grabbing users' attention.

Make sure that you are careful about the applications you install on your Android device.

I Can Stalk U site exposes danger of sharing photos online

I Can Stalk U site exposes danger of sharing photos online

Plenty of people are familiar with the dangers which can be associated with sharing your location online - whether it be by Twitter updates ("I'm at Heathrow airport, Terminal 3, waiting to go on two week's holiday.."), Foursquare ("I just Read more…