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[Update: Fix now available] ES File Explorer vulnerability leaves your files exposed to anyone on the same network

Friday, January 18th, 2019

In the early days of Android, ES File Explorer was one of the better ways to manage your storage.

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[Update: Fix now available] ES File Explorer vulnerability leaves your files exposed to anyone on the same network was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Gigantic data breach exposes 773 million emails and 21 million passwords

Thursday, January 17th, 2019

Have you been pwned? Probably—there are data breaches all the time that reveal login details, but the latest is on a different level. A database featuring a whopping 773 million emails has popped up online, and they're paired with passwords. So, if you weren't pwned yesterday, there's a pretty good chance you are today.

News of the breach was broken by security researcher Troy Hunt, who runs the breach-tracking site Have I Been Pwned.

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Gigantic data breach exposes 773 million emails and 21 million passwords was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Developer response] ES File Explorer vulnerability leaves your files exposed to anyone on the same network

Thursday, January 17th, 2019

In the early days of Android, ES File Explorer was one of the better ways to manage your storage. That hasn't been true for a long time, though. Not only is the app rather cluttered and buggy, security researcher Elliot Alderson (@fs0c131y on Twitter) points out this app makes your files vulnerable to theft.

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[Update: Developer response] ES File Explorer vulnerability leaves your files exposed to anyone on the same network was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Chrome OS to require authentication to view saved passwords

Thursday, January 17th, 2019

Google talks a big game about Chrome OS's security versus other operating systems. One area where it falls short, though, is keeping your passwords safe from the prying eyes of those around you. On competing operating systems like Windows and macOS, viewing saved passwords requires first entering your device password; not so on Chrome OS. That could soon be changing, though, according to a recent commit on the Chromium Gerrit.

Currently, you can view saved passwords on an unlocked Chrome OS device by navigating to chrome://settings/passwords in Chrome or going to Settings > Passwords.

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Chrome OS to require authentication to view saved passwords was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

ES File Explorer vulnerability leaves your files exposed to anyone on the same network

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

In the early days of Android, ES File Explorer was one of the better ways to manage your storage. That hasn't been true for a long time, though. Not only is the app rather cluttered and buggy, security researcher Elliot Alderson (@fs0c131y on Twitter) points out this app makes your files vulnerable to theft. All you have to do is open it once.

According to Alderson, ES File Explorer launches an HTTP server on port 59777.

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ES File Explorer vulnerability leaves your files exposed to anyone on the same network was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Carriers respond] U.S. carriers under fire for continuing to sell phone location data to third parties

Thursday, January 10th, 2019

Last year, a large number of U.S. carriers were under fire for selling live location data to third-party companies, including LocationSmart and Securus. These companies then sold that data to other companies, and so on and so forth.

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[Update: Carriers respond] U.S. carriers under fire for continuing to sell phone location data to third parties was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google’s Public DNS now works with Android 9 Pie

Thursday, January 10th, 2019

A Domain Name System, or DNS for short, is the component of your network connection that looks up the server IPs after you enter a domain name (e.g. androidpolice.com). Most people use the default DNS services from their ISPs/carriers, but alternatives have existed for years, like Google Public DNS. Google announced today that its DNS service finally supports DNS-over-TLS, meaning it can be set as the system-wide DNS provider on Android 9 Pie.

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Google's Public DNS now works with Android 9 Pie was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

U.S. carriers under fire for continuing to sell phone location data to third parties

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

Last year, a large number of U.S. carriers were under fire for selling live location data to third-party companies, including LocationSmart and Securus. These companies then sold that data to other companies, and so on and so forth. As you might expect, the bad publicity hasn't stopped carriers from working with those companies, as evidenced by a recent article from Motherboard.

Motherboard reporter Joseph Cox wrote, "I gave a bounty hunter a phone number.

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U.S. carriers under fire for continuing to sell phone location data to third parties was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

ADT announces new Command and Control security system

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

Traditional security services firm ADT has previously partnered with Samsung SmartThings on a connected home solution, but at CES 2019 it's going it alone. The Command and Control security system consists of a new tablet-esque hub and app for your phone, distinct from the preexisting ADT Pulse.

The Command Panel has a 7-inch touchscreen and built-in camera that can be used to disarm the system when you arrive home. Dynamic scenes and rules can be created in tandem with your other smart home devices, and voice control integrations work with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

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ADT announces new Command and Control security system was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Netatmo’s new smart video doorbell has SD card support, no subscription fees

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

Smart doorbells are hardly novel at this point, with options available from several manufacturers. Many, like those from Google's Nest and Amazon's Ring, require subscription fees to unlock their full feature set. Not so with the new offering from Netatmo, which will do everything it can do right out of the box, no fees required.

The Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell packs a wide-angle 1080p camera that, like other devices of its kind, kicks on when it detects motion or the doorbell button is pressed.

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Netatmo's new smart video doorbell has SD card support, no subscription fees was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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