Last Updated: May 18, 2018
Google’s Android operating system powers many popular cellphones including the popular Samsung Galaxy S8. Most Android Smartphone users as well as most of the pubic at large do not think very much about security.
If your phone is not running the latest Android security patches, you are open to attack. A recent Wall Street Journal article showed that only 2.8% of Android devices have the latest security patches. Compare that to 79% of iPhones due to Apple’s uniform eco-system.
Google Play Protect
- Be sure your device is running Google Play Protect. It scans for Malware and bad apps. This was release in July 2017 and runs on Google Play Services 11 or higher. This is a unification of Android security systems like Verify Apps, browser protection, and anti-theft measures.
Most Up to Date Android Smartphone
This flagship phone runs the latest Android version and is patched regularly. Sold directly from Google or from a couple wireless carriers.
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The following alerts have been updated to reflect new and important security protection schemes:
4/24/2018: Windows Defender System Guard is now installed by the latest Windows 10 Updates. Make sure you are up to date.
3/21/2018: 184.108.40.206 is a free DNS Domain Name Service that helps hide the sites you goto. Cloudflare runs it and promises no logging.
3/15/2018: ID Thieves are using the IRS and filing fake tax returns. Remember that the IRS never calls or sends email to you. They use old fashion US mail. Sign up for an IRS PIN if possible.
2/8/2018: Lenovo PCs with fingerprint readers need to be updated. Lenovo laptops with certain Broadcom Wi-Fi chips also need an update
1/12/2018: Laptops for Business use may have Intel AMT. You need to configure it or else your open to Intel AMT attacks.
1/5/2018: Meltdown and Spectre are 2 new processor chip bugs that affect most modern computers, smartphones, and tablets. They will need software updates to mitigate this bad bug. More Details – Older system without updates are dangerous to continue to use. Time to buy new hardware.
11/21/2017: Quad9 is a free DNS Domain Name Service that helps prevent users from accessing malicious sites. Run by IBM Security, Packet Clearing House (PCH) and The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA)
11/1/2017: Windows 10 controlled folder access anti-ransomeware is part of the Fall Creators Update. It works well and should be used by all Windows 10 users.
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Last Update: 5/4/2017
The International Travel Security Problem
Many of us travel internationally but few realize how important computer security can be when we visit other countries. People doing business in countries like China and Russia (or any other country for that matter) need to pay strict attention to their technology security protocols to prevent the real and growing threat of high tech espionage. There have been instances of people returning from abroad and having their laptops or smartphones compromised. A mobile device used internationally and later hooked up to the Company’s network provides an excellent infection vector. The folks intent on stealing information could be government or corporate based.
Learn how to use your iPhone or Android Smartphone in China
How to Protect Yourself When Traveling
Some people might find the following list a bit paranoid, but you never can be too safe. People that work for major corporations, government, or security firms need maximum protection from attackers. There are tools that can detect the location of a mobile device to within 100 feet and can target phones by the phone number, IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number and intercept all communications from the mobile device.
- Leave your cell phone and laptop at home
- Buy a phone and SIM card in the other country
- Beware of any SMS message especially if they have links
- Do not bring any sensitive data or passwords
- Use temporary or loaner cell phones and laptops which will be erased when you get home
- Make sure all gadgets are fully up to date and have security software enabled. The best encryption should be utilized
- Never let your electronics out of your site
- If your device gets inspected at the border, it should never be connected to the Company’s network again
- Turn off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
- Avoid public Wi-Fi altogether
- Do not use a public phone charging cable, it could be capturing video while you charge
- Disable microphones and cameras
- During meetings, turn off your devices and remove their batteries. (Prevents possible recording)
- Use a VPN with heavy encryption to connect to the Internet
- Use Google Voice to create a “throw away” voice accounts
- Do not connect to your Company’s or government’s network while abroad
- Use coded language when discussing sensitive matters
- Cut and paste passwords to prevent keylogging
- Change any and all passwords you used on the trip, immediately
- Enable two factor authentication for services that support this; Facebook, Gmail, eBay, etc.
- Two factor authentication system using SMS text messages is not secure, due to the weak SS7 routing system. We suggest only using two factor when you can use a token or a time based authenticator like Googles.
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Welcome to Safegadget.com, the one-stop website for securing your computer and gadgets. Don’t wait until you have become a victim of malware. While it is impossible to prevent all attacks, it is important that we all secure our systems so we aren’t easily hacked. This is akin to wearing a seat belt to prevent an accident.
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