Google launches first developer preview of Android Things, its new IoT platform

Google today announced Android Things, its new comprehensive IoT platform for building smart devices on top of Android APIs and Google’s own services.

Watch for a variety of tool-kits that will simplify the inter-operability AND security between IoT devices the methods we use to talk to them:  Smartphones, tablets, and traditional desktops and laptops.

Source: Google launches first developer preview of Android Things, its new IoT platform

Thanks to TechCrunch

Google can remotely bypass the passcode of at least 74% of Android devices if ordered

“According to a document prepared by the New York District Attorney’s Office, older versions of Android can easily be remotely reset by Google if compelled.”

Source: Google can remotely bypass the passcode of at least 74% of Android devices if ordered

Thanks to TNW

Google Play Apps Hit by CAPTCHA-Cheating Malware

“A new type of Trojan has been sneaking into the Google Play store and could be infecting the mobile devices of unsuspecting users.”

Source: Image Issues: Google Play Apps Hit by CAPTCHA-Cheating Malware

Thanks to Security Intelligence

Google quietly backs away from encrypting new Lollipop devices by default

Encryption is coming.  Google’s recent backtracking from their announcement that Lollipop would use full disk encryption is proof – not that it is here, but that major device vendors understand the relationship between encryption and personal security.

Google quietly backs away from encrypting new Lollipop devices by default [Updated] | Ars Technica.

Thanks to HD Moore abd Ars Technica

Google Updates Its Privacy Policy

In the first privacy update of 2014 Google makes an effort to clarify the ways that it uses YOUR data and information.

A step in the right direction

Google Updates Its Privacy Policy.

Key Details:

Further useful privacy and security related materials can be found through Google’s policies and principles pages, including:

As always, the information is available, but we must have the time, interest, and willingness to digest it.

Opinion:  As long as Google services are free to Internet users, they will leverage user iformation to their own financial advantage.  And as long as advertisers find value in their Big Data services you will be exploited.  And it won’t hurt.

Thanks to Google