Tag: secure

VPN made simpler – Hide My Ass

I won’t beat around the bush. If you’re doing anything that you’d like to be kept a bit secret from your ISP then you need a VPN. Whether it be streaming, torrents or something in-between, online privacy is something you need to be looking at. However, it’s always …

Your home, in your hand…

You’ve seen a few of our recent camera reviews covering security gadgets for your home. Most of the time it’s security cameras, but they’re not always the fixed ones we’ve checked out – we’ve also used our smartphones to control cameras, to control the heating and more. Home …

SIRIN LABS open up their Mayfair store for SOLARIN buyers

Hop off at Green Park or Bond Street and, if you want to buy a new smartphone with military-grade security, it’s probably best that you only look through the window of the new SIRIN LABS store at 34 Bruton Place in London. Why? Well, chances are that if …

Further smart-locks announced to Noke range

I like to hop on my bike and do some nutty rides when I can. However, when you reach your destination you’ll soon find that your expensive bike can become the target for thieves. A company called Noke have already had experience of creating smart-locks – those clever …

What can parents do to save their kids from Cyber Bullying?

I’m conscious that, as my kids hit their teenage years, it becomes a pretty complicated phase in life. As parents we didn’t really have many of the problems that children have today. They’re now connected to the web and a lot of interaction is done online. We didn’t …

Smart alarm products! When did we start covering this?

I can feel things slipping now. First this site covered Microsoft smartphones, then Android, Apple and perhaps a few accessories. Now we’re getting all manner of connected gadgets. This particular pitch is from an operation called Response Electronics, who want you to know about all their rather clever …

Just how secure is your smartphone?

Whether you’re playing World of Goo, Candy Crush Saga, a full-on RPG, or the latest real-money casino games, every mobile user needs to be concerned about security. No-one wants personal details stolen, logins compromised, or credit card information hacked into, but the truth is that attacks are on the …

Web developers – How to secure your mobile website

Are mobile phone sites safe? We’ve quickly moved away from desktop PC’s and, instead, we’re browsing mobile sites on tablets and smartphone more than ever. These sites are no longer a simple gimmick as they provide a vital source of income, business and simple traffic for those businesses …

Remote kill order initialised!

Thought that might get your attention ;) Imagine the scene, you are on a bus /train/aeroplane/horse drawn cart or other mode of transport. You are minding your own business and get off without a care in the world. A while later you go to get your phone and …

HTC USA KO’d by FTC

Ouch. Body shot. Boom. The Federal Trade Commission have slapped HTC for the security issues on many Android handsets made by the company. The FTC complaint states that… HTC (..) customized its Android-based mobile devices by adding and/or modifying various pre-installed applications and components in order to differentiate …

Ten years today, let’s celebrate. Win some Lookout goodies!

Today, my dear friends, is an entire decade since this little domain first went live on the internet. I was only 6 years old at the time, but luckily I managed to get someone with a credit card to buy the domain and we flicked the switch. To …

Manage your devices – Wobble-cam special!

Sure, I could’ve used some professional software to demo this but heck – where’s the fun in that eh? :) Today I took a look at Mobile Device Manager, a free service which tracks, locates, secures and manages your mobile device or devices. I’ve spoken about it before, …

Celebrate our 10 Year Anniversary

Back in November last year I mentioned that it had been a decade since I started creating a few pages on the back of a family website. However, as you can see below, the Coolsmartphone domain becomes a full 10 years old on February 14th 2013 – just …

Android is going to be a bit more secure with Jelly Bean

ASLR is a security feature used in many operating systems. From Windows XP through to OSX or iOS6 and for a while Android has been avoiding using it. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich partially used it and now with the release of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean it uses …

Mobile security – You never know you need it, until you need it

Earlier in the week I received a mobile phone to review. This isn’t unusual, but what I found on it was. There was a definite “pre-owned” feel to it. No, it wasn’t scratched. It wasn’t damaged in any way. Instead it had stacks of data on it. Someone …

Lost your phone? Symantec find out what happens next

The people at Symantec decided to do something a bit nuts. They put 50 smartphones around major American cities and equipped them with tracking and usage software. Their “Honey Stick Project” (shouldn’t that be Honey Pot?) found some pretty interesting, if not unsurprising results. The phones, by the …

Cloud storage – Have you tried HiDrive?

You want online storage, you go to Dropbox, right? Well yes, you could, but there’s other providers to choose from. HiDrive free gives new users 5GB of storage and it’s all stored in super-secure datacentres in Germany that are owned and operated by Strato – the people behind …

Data Security: Lock your smartphone

There’s a great article from Bloomsberg Business week that I wanted to share, involving a study with Symantec on what people do with your lost smartphone once they get their hands on it. As part of the study,  Symantec ‘lost’ a total of 50 phones in the US …