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Everything you need to know about mobile security

Android’s Changes to Screen Lock

In Android 7.0 Google has removed the ability for apps to have full control over the screen lock. This seems to be in response to the recent malware type called ransomware. Ransomware is software that gains control of a mobile device, usually through locking the device, and makes you pay to get back control of your phone. This effects two of Where’s My Droid’s features, the Remote Lock and Uninstall Defense. Remote Lock The Remote Lock feature can still lock your phone, but only if there isn’t already a screen lock engaged. This is good for those who don’t usually have a screen lock in place. The downside is the app can’t remove the screen lock for you once you have found your device. Therefore, using WMD to unlock by text or Commander will not work. If you get the device back you can enter the PIN you set and the app will help you remove the screen lock as normal. Uninstall Defense The 7.0 update has a greater effect on the Uninstall Defense feature. This is because Google removed a function that allows apps to be notified when they are being removed as a device admin. Where’s My Droid usually listens for this notification and then locks your device to prevent someone from removing the app. Where’s My Droid users can still deter thiefs from un-installing the app by hiding the app icon so they don’t know it’s on the device.   Here is the excerpt from Googles blog: We’ve reduced the power of device admin applications so they can no longer change your lockscreen if you have a...

Privacy vs Efficiency: Legalities, Part Two

What are consumer’s data rights?

That’s the question that’s been being debated in Washington for the last few years. Surprise, surprise…they haven’t yet reached an answer. Although it may sound like a straight forward question, there are several angles to consider.

Privacy vs. Efficiency: The Struggle, Part One

In this series about the struggles between new technology and consumer privacy rights I will discuss the problems involved in companies collecting information about consumers from a legal and economic stand point while trying to give insight from a person on both sides of the issue.