Microsoft has rolled out a new preview feature dubbed Skype SMS Connect that lets users read and reply to SMS messages received on an Android phone via the desktop Skype app. The feature is currently only available to users running the latest Skype Insider Preview and allows them to pair a Mac or Windows PC to an Android phone. Both the desktop and mobile apps needing to be on the Skype Insiders build. After pairing the desktop and Android device, users can send and respond to new SMS from the desktop. SMS Connect allows users to respond to one-to-one and group SMS conversations, receive MMS photos and videos, as well as start new conversations. To set up SMS Connect, users need to open the Skype app on an Android and enable SMS Connect through Skype settings. The feature is available on phones running Android 8.3 and higher.Microsoft notes that SMS Connect is a "desktop only experience" and recommends using the default messaging on Android to view SMS conversations. However, … [Read more...] about Skype update: Now you can read SMS from your Android phone on your PC
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More security news Containers or virtual machines: Which is more secure? The answer will surprise you Justice Dept. indicts 12 Russian spies over 2016 DNC hack Russia: We want volunteers to help us censor the internet Tech giants, civil liberties coalition urges Congress to pass email privacy law Thousands of Mega logins dumped online, exposing user files The most secure smartphones are Android smartphones. Don't buy that? Apple's latest version of iOS 11 was cracked a day -- a day! -- after it was released. So Android is perfect? Heck no! Android is under constant attack and older versions are far more vulnerable than new ones. Way too many smartphone vendors still don't issue Google's monthly Android security patches in a timely fashion, or at all. And, zero-day attacks still pop up. So, what can you do to protect yourself? A lot actually. Here are my top 10 ways to keep you and your Android device safe from attackers. Many of these are pretty simple, but security … [Read more...] about The 10 best ways to secure your Android phone
Have you encrypted your Android device? If so, congratulations, you are one of the small number who do. Feel free to leave class early. But if your Android smartphone or tablet isn't encrypted - and estimates out there claim that fewer than 10 percent of the 1.4 billion or so Android devices out in the wild are encrypted - then here's how you go about securing your data.See also: How to securely wipe an Android smartphone or tabletAll you need to encrypt your Android smartphone or tablet is time (it can take a couple of hours, so make sure your battery is fully charged or your device is connected to the charger). You don't need to root the device, and you don't need to buy or download any software. I'm going to assume here that you're running Android 5.0 or later. Anything older and you really should consider upgrading your operating system or hardware. Also note that most devices that are shipping with Android 6.0 have mandatory full-device encryption.First, back up your data. I've … [Read more...] about How to encrypt your Android smartphone or tablet
A new strain of mobile malware has been discovered that uses Twitter to control a botnet comprised of Android phones and tablets. Known as Twitoor, the Trojan is believed to be the first to use the social network to coordinate infected devices instead of a command-and-control (C&C) server. More security news Containers or virtual machines: Which is more secure? The answer will surprise you Justice Dept. indicts 12 Russian spies over 2016 DNC hack Russia: We want volunteers to help us censor the internet Tech giants, civil liberties coalition urges Congress to pass email privacy law Thousands of Mega logins dumped online, exposing user files After the malware is downloaded, it hides and regularly checks in with a malicious Twitter account for commands. These instructions direct the Trojan to either download and install additional malicious applications -- mostly data-stealing mobile banking malware -- or to switch to a different C&C Twitter account. "Using … [Read more...] about Is your Android phone being controlled by a rogue Twitter account? Botnet is first to receive commands via tweets
BARCELONA—BlackBerry isn't bashful about its Android app compatibility anymore. The ability to run Android apps was one of the worst-kept secrets of the BlackBerry 10 platform. For most of BlackBerry 10's first year, you had to go through a complicated series of steps to"wrap" an Android app to run on BlackBerrys. The 10.2.1 upgrade in late January let BlackBerry's phones run Android apps directly, but BlackBerry kept the ability out of the release notes and initially didn't want to talk about it publicly. Those days are over. "You can now go to an Android store as of 10.2.1 and pull down [application files] directly," said Chris Smith, Blackberry's vice president for its application platform. "In terms of an open ecosystem and an app and content story, we've had some challenges with that. We did a great job of bringing content for launch, but the reality is that there's a long tail out there and certain key apps we haven't been able to bring across, and that's held us back in … [Read more...] about BlackBerry: Run Your Android Apps Here!