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Data protection authorities find privacy lapses in majority of mobile apps

One in three applications request excessive permissions, and privacy information is inadequate in 85 percent of them, a study found

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Popular Android apps fail basic security tests, putting privacy at risk

Instagram and Grindr stored images on their servers that were accessible without authentication

Apple iCloud backup quirk could have allowed hackers to access 'deleted' files

iCloud on iOS secretly keeps last three backups, says Check Point Software researcher

Firefox OS to outdo Android with granular application permissions

Starting with Firefox OS 2.1, users will reap privacy and security benefits by being able to control application-specific permissions

California passes law mandating smartphone kill switch

The law is likely to affect smartphones sold around the world

Symantec folds nine Norton products into one service

A single product, Norton Security, can be used across Windows, OS X, Android, and iOS

The iPhone and iPad may be losing their enterprise luster

Android's improvements are magnifying IT's frustrations with iOS and providing a viable alternative for real-world deployments

The biggest iPhone security risk could be connecting one to a computer

Design quirks allow malware to be installed on iOS devices and cookies to be plucked from Facebook and Gmail apps

Mobile chips face lockdown to prevent hacks

Chip makers are adding more security layers to protect mobile device users from malicious attacks and code injection

Where your personal data goes when you're not looking

What businesses know about any given individual is a lot. But what are companies doing with that data? Not as much as you might think -- at least not yet. Companies are getting more sophisticated, however.

BlackBerry adds more security for the sensitive enterprise

BlackBerry says it can offer levels of security that can not be replicated on Apple, Android or other mobile devices

Android vulnerability allows malware to compromise most devices and apps

Attackers can impersonate trusted developers to gain powerful privileges on the OS, researchers from Bluebox Security say

XML co-founder Tim Bray: Beware of spies in your software

Governments are a key offender, he stresses, advising use of HTTPS and OpenPGP to block software-based security threats

Open sesame: How iOS 8 will unlock Touch ID's power

Apple's Touch ID has been met with less enthusiasm than it deserves; here's how this technology could improve your daily life

iOS devices are still safe -- from everybody except Apple and the NSA

Security researcher says undocumented services allow Apple and law enforcement to access the contents of any iOS device

Mocana aims to simplify mobile access to enterprise apps with Atlas

The platform lets users access all apps wrapped with Mocana's MAP technology using single sign-on

Android bug lets apps make rogue phone calls

The flaw affects the majority of Android devices in use and could easily be exploited by malware to make premium-rate calls

10 tech support requests you never want to hear from your family

From forgotten passwords to the vague 'problem,' these calls are sure to try the patience of any tech pro

New SMS worm targets Android devices

The Selfmite Android malware spreads by sending text messages with a malicious link to the device owner's contacts

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