If you have been reading the headlines over the past few days, you may have been lead to believe that Google’s email service was hacked. Earlier this week, The Business Insider released a horrible article that lightly plagiarized a Paywalled Wall Street Journal article stating that Google gives developers free reign to your inbox. They further introduced wording to allow some readers to formulate conspiracy theories to fill in the many gaps in their content – and it worked. They also gloss over the most important fact – users, not Google are who are giving services access to their email. Here is why it is all bullshit.
It is traditional for many to create a set of New Years resolutions to usher in a new year. Often it is lossing XX lbs, going to the gym every day, cleaning out that old shed or paying off debts. I am not saying there is anything wrong with those resolutions however maybe you should consider adding one additional one to your list… “Become more Security Minded”. This blog post will hopefully offer you some simple tips to stay secure online, I will follow this up with a more detailed post later in the year but for now these are just baby steps.
I spent the past few weeks methodically changing all of my passwords to correct my past habits of re-using a batch of complicated passwords that I have memorized. I had to change around 100 passwords for various websites and services that I use. Most of the websites made it easy to change your password but others failed miserably however several failed. If you are a user of any website that falls into these brackets and care about security please tweet, message or otherwise beg the website owner to correct the problems. Be warned, this is a long post.
While browsing social networks, it is not common for users to point out that Android is a security mess with no data to actually back those statements up. Some users try to fabricate facts without doing any research. Over the next few weeks, I will be releasing a series of posts on KMyers.me called “Facts about Android Security and Malware” to try to shine some light on this and hopefully debunk some of the data that it floating around and to help users understand more about the security of their mobile devices.
In this first installment, I would like to make sure that we are all using the same common vocabulary. This post contains several of the common types of Android Malware as well as details for each. In future posts, I will be going over best practices to avoid malware and to explain why many of the details floating around the internet are not based in facts.
As a disclaimer – I am a huge Android Fanboy and will be doing my best to produce well researched and objective content for this series – each post takes several hours of research and writing. This series is mainly about Android however a lot of this could apply to other platforms. If you happen to spot any errors or content that you disagree with, please feel free to get in contact with me via my contact page, social networks or simply leave a comment below.