Tag: security

Keep safe while you’re exercising with RunSafe

Going out running, cycling or even for a quick stroll is great for your health. Trouble is, if you get stuck or if your loved ones don’t know where you are, it can be tricky for them to call you. Especially when you’re bombing along on your bike …

Only 1 in 3 secure their smartphones

You’re in danger. In fact, your personal life is in danger according to a survey of 5000 people by Tiger Mobiles.¬† It reveals that only 1 in 3 people actually use some sort of security on their lock screen. Over half of the people not using any sort …

BT Smart Home Cam review

Things must be going well here at Coolsmartphone. People don’t just want to send us phones to review any more, they want to send us security camera kit too. This one is clever (and we agreed to review it) because it works with your smartphone or tablet. There’s …

Google I/O: Security and wearables, Sir?

We know that “Bouncer” has long been a go-to tool for Google to scan apps coming into and already on the Play Store and your phone. Sundar Pichai came to bring the noise at the I/O keynote. First and definitely not least, security patches are going to be …

Remote kill order initialised!

Thought that might get your attention ūüėČ 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 …

Possible breach of security at Cerberus.

Are you a user of the Android security app/service Cerberus? I am and have reviewed the app here on the site in the past. I’m still convinced that it’s unparalleled for features that it gives. Now worryingly emails have been sent to users instructing them to change the …

Parental Access – Monitor your child on their mobile

Getting your kids on the internet is a double-edged sword. On one hand, you want them to use a tablet or phone like their friends do, but on the other hand you want them to be safe. Parental Access, which is free and available for Android, seeks to …

Our Saturday Omnibus

Hello weekend people. I’ve been told this morning that a couple of videos I uploaded this week were a little corrupted. I’ve now re-uploaded them, and I firmly blame a combination of bad weather, a droppy WiFi connection and wholesale gas prices. First, our look at some of …

Android Device Manager gets Remote Lock Feature

Google were late in the game in bringing remote find and wipe options to Android but now that they are finally with us it would seem that Google are not resting upon their laurels. Added today is the new Remote Lock feature which enables you to remotely lock …

Piper – Keeping your home secure and automating your life

Yes, another crowdfunding project, yes I should start ignoring these more but no, I’m not going to ignore this one. Put simply, it’s a home automation system and security device. You get some magical doo-hickeys to plug into your sockets and let you remotely switch stuff on or …

Lookout to Partner With Samsung in security tie up

There have long been misgivings around the security of Android and when placed up against the closed systems of Blackberry and the locked down iOS it can appear that security has been an afterthought for Google’s OS. Whilst many issues have been addressed in the latest incantations of …

Chrome stored passwords vulnerability exposed

Aren‚Äôt modern browsers great? They have loads of great features, like remembering your passwords and auto-filling them in for you whenever needed. But what if those stored passwords were easily discoverable by anyone with access to your computer? ¬†That‚Äôs the situation with Google Chrome. Going through the Settings …

Submitted an app to Apple for review? Just be patient

Are you an Apple developer? After the 8 day outage Apple have suffered caused by a security flaw with the Developer Portal, it seems there may now be a backlog of Apps ready for review. This is not surprising after reading an email that went out the registered …

Mobile Threats, They’re everywhere!!

Threats to your mobile security and privacy are becoming more and more prevalent as smartphones continue to grow in popularity and become a major part of people’s everyday lives. Where however do these threats come from? ¬†Are they the same across the globe or do they differ between …

My choice of apps – 1Password

¬†Hands up if you use the same password at more than one website. Now keep your hand up if all your passwords are more than 12 characters, contain a mixture of upper and lower case letters, numbers and characters. Where did everyone go?! ¬†Until recently I used two …

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 …

Lookout Updated with new features

Mobile security specialists Lookout have today announced some new features for their award winning mobile security suite. The new features bring additional functionality to an already feature packed app. First on the list is a feature added to the free version, Lockcam. Lockcam offers the user the facility …

Are you protected? Mobile Phone crime is on the rise….

Statistics released by the Metropolitan Police show that once again mobile phone crime is on the rise. The fact that 158 iPhones are stolen in London every day (total of 56,680 mobiles stolen between April & September) has led the force to launch an awareness campaign around personal …

An introduction and Cerberus Anti Theft app review

Let me introduce myself as one of the new writers here at Coolsmartphone, I’ve been a member of this site from its very beginnings, when I first had the original Orange SPV smartphone way back in 2002, ten years, yes ten long years ago and oh how things …

Christmas Gift Guide Part 2

  Christmas is nearly upon us and sometimes it can be a struggle to find a present to give for that one particular person. As mentioned in our first Christmas Gift Guide, we have teamed up with some of the leading retailers in the industry to bring you …

Lookout Launches Smartphone Family Guide

The mobile security company Lookout have launched a new¬†guide¬†for¬†parents whose children use or want a smartphone. The guide entitled “Generation Smartphone: A Guide for Parents of Tweens and Teens” has been produced in conjunction with The Online Mom¬†and¬†outlines the important steps that parents can take to prepare their …

Planning a break? Keep an eye on your phone.

I’m just sitting back in the office chair after visiting the Olympic Games in London. It’s a spectacular event, filled with pride and happiness. Down in the London Underground things seemed to be coping well too and it was filled with tourists visiting the various events. However, I …

Android.Dropdialer Identified on Google Play

Norton by Symantec have drawn our attention to the fact that they have¬†identified a new malware posted to the official Google Play market. Masquerading as two popular games titles, Super Mario Bros and¬†GTA 3 Moscow City, they¬†were posted to Google Play on June 24 and since then have …

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 …

3CX Mobile Device Manager Review

In recent years we’ve seen a shift in the way that mobile devices are used in the workplace. Previously you may have had a Blackberry or Microsoft Pocket PC dropped on your desk. Things were locked down, secure and managed. Now, with the advent of “Bring Your Own …

Lookout Mobile Security – In Depth.

I have been interested in technology since I first saw a teacher programming an old ZX80 when I was about 9 years old. ¬†I remember sitting with my dad as he programmed his Commodore Amiga, the old PC‚Äôs in college that used the then massive 1.44mb floppy disk …

Do you own a ZTE Score M Handset, if so then you NEED to read this!!!

Here at Coolsmartphone Castle we have had word from Lookout Mobile Security of a major vulnerability affecting some ZTE handsets. Last week it was discovered that a number of ZTE Android mobile phones had a¬†security hole. Specifically, some phones contain a poorly protected setuid shell that can be …

Mobile Banking for Android – a quick guide (Updated).

Banks, we may not like them, we may not want them but unfortunately, we all need them! In this recession hit world many of us work strange hours and find that a visit to the bank during the week is certainly inconvenient if not nearly impossible . Most …

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 …

iPhone security hole lets you view contacts on a locked phone

It’s not been the best of weeks for iPhone security. First we had news that social network Path has been slurping the data from users’ address books without their permission and uploading it to their servers. Now security blog Peekay¬†reports on an experiment in which they set out …

Norton announce Safety Minder for Android

With childrens’ online safety a continuing concern for parents, Norton today announced their new Safety Minder app for Android. The free app allows parents to monitor their kids’ mobile phone activities in the same manner as they currently do for home PCs. Used in conjunction with Norton’s Online …

O2 sends your phone number to webpages

O2 appear to have a major data breach that has been uncovered this morning. It appears that as you surf the web on an O2 or GiffGaff (which uses O2) connection, your phone number is sent to the webpage. O2’s twitter feed has been bombarded with angry comments …

Android OS – Now The Most Hacked Mobile Platform

A recent report from security giants McAfee suggests that Google’s Android OS is the platform of choice for hackers currently. The report goes on to note that the levels of malicious software or “malware” targeting the Android OS jumped 37% in the 3rd quarter of 2011, and that …

Skype security vulnerability now fixed

You may have seen reports regarding a with Skype earlier this week. It could have allowed other apps to access the private Skype files containing your personal data. An update is now available to fix the bug and you can download it here. Details of this fix have …