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Android security hole makes stealing your personal info easy

Android security hole makes stealing your personal info easy - read the full textSecurity is a relative term in digital communications, as German researchers discovered after putting Google’s Android OS through some testing. Reportedly, 99.7% of all droids could be broadcasting the authentication key to your personal Google data when connected over unsecured Wi-Fi networks,...


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Anyone who doesn't care about this is simply a fool. I'm seriously considering dumping them all (droid/iphone) in favor of a standard phone. That said, I don't travel all that much. When I do I'm needing access to email/gps and Pandora (or MP3s on the device). I don't get why I'm expected to give my privacy away for those functions and how any provider can be so perfunctory about security.

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  • 2011-05-19 18:28
  • RrRE

passwords are there to be hacked. software is made by programmers. hackers are programmers. mobiles phones are designed to trace people. people are like sheep. sheep are stupid.

lets go back to the old fashioned way of communication.
message in a bottle..
Send a pigeon ..
send a messenger..


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  • 2011-05-19 16:31
  • MVg6

If its android/google its nt going to be a problem for any one normaly. However if this is a case with wp7, comments are going to be more harsh.

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  • 2011-05-19 14:07
  • v@Hb

oooo this is big mess i stop using android right now

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  • 2011-05-19 11:48
  • kDvB

i dont know about you guys who dont care about this issue, but for me this is a big deal there are a lot of oppotunities on this, example you use wifi to do an online banking, you leave a trace, visit private info, you leave a trace and people who are wise on the cyber world can use this... believe me the cyber world needs to have an international law, cyberworld could be our stepping stone to move up or it could also be our downfall.. we should be wise on how can we be protected

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  • 2011-05-19 05:59
  • vxt3

It looks, that fix is here.

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  • 2011-05-19 00:12
  • nuyM

> In reply to bigboss @ 2011-05-18 20:49 from 3xYv - click to readFinaly someone with some brains here.That´s the big problem most users aren´t savyy enough and dont take the necesary precautions(or sometimes none whatsoever) to prevent data theft.I´m a proud Android user and yes i have security apps on my phone.Hell even if i was using an iphone id take the same security measures

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  • 2011-05-18 22:23
  • MA%X

Well, people will continue using Android for the same reason they keep using Windows. I'm not very upset by those security issues because there is very small number of people having knowledge and need to use it for malicious actions. If we all act with respect to another human being then security isn't an issue!

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  • 2011-05-18 21:10
  • 0x6Y

Lets be frank any os has security issues. de difference is most android users know enough not to use their fones over unsecured wifi. DON'T WE? YES WE DO. Can't say de same 4 applers who put their total trust in apple cos they feel some o their money goes to security dudes. Besides do a bit o Googling and yu will realise apple security gets spanked always, they r just good at covering up their poopoo

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  • 2011-05-18 20:49
  • 3xYv

> In reply to Exactly @ 2011-05-18 04:10 from qDj3 - click to readI think this article and most comments for that matter, are focusing on the wrong thing:These security leaks don´t happen because of Android´s lack of security measures(hell there´s plenty of free apps on the market for that)they happen because they were using an unsecure connection,something that affects all os.So this article(or the testers for that matter) focused on the wrong thing

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  • 2011-05-18 19:23
  • MA%X

im seeing first android disadvantages after a year so why android was a number one but now is a regular os like others? The story is keeping on.

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  • 2011-05-18 18:02
  • 39EU

> In reply to The voice of truth @ 2011-05-18 15:09 from IaHU - click to readNo, they are all wondering why you are trolling over here.

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  • 2011-05-18 16:17
  • nidV

Gosh, there are not many comments in this section?

The Reason?

Android fans are ignoring it. "Ha, who needs phone security these days"

They're all over on the Nokia and Apple articles trolling XD

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  • 2011-05-18 15:09
  • IaHU

Guys you all should know that android is LINUX based code. Just back to basic why Linux and GNU project was created. I'm not say that I am the Linux fan or Windows fan but actually Linux code is created for FREE usage. These are some of effect if taking free source code become mainstream product.

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  • 2011-05-18 14:12
  • PS6j

it´s simple, don´t login on facebook, if you want a android smartphone is to download hundreds of useful applications, nor to view what john doe is doing lol!

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  • 2011-05-18 13:54
  • LF9s

> In reply to zhiletkin @ 2011-05-18 08:40 from 5y9D - click to readRead the post by the researchers - they say an attacker can impersonate a known Wi-Fi hotspot and steal your authentication token. You can't rely solely on Wi-Fi security.

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  • 2011-05-18 13:23
  • ykn6

> In reply to Yani @ 2011-05-18 11:51 from 3pw6 - click to readIf you use HTTPS, you can transmit data securely even over unsecured channels, so apps need to switch from HTTP to HTTPS to be secure.

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  • 2011-05-18 13:21
  • Hj7b

I'm a computer expert and I'm confused!
Isn't this an "open wifi" problem?
All data that is transmitted thru an open wifi network is visible to all users on that wifi so packet sniffing is really simple.
To make this simple: All devices that are connected to an open wifi are vulnerable!
I don't know if this could be prevented thru an OS update or even an app update.
I could be wrong!

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  • 2011-05-18 11:51
  • 3pw6

One day android will die. Every OS has its life cycle. The faster it goes up the faster it comes down. Android is defragmenting it self with the providers this will lead to great mess in future.

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  • 2011-05-18 11:11
  • vbZQ

This is not an OS comparison. Why need to mention any other OS here. It’s very annoying to read those non-sense unrelated comments to the topic. The topics tackles the security hole on Android and therefore comments should be made on Android itself and not mentioning any OS that doesn’t even mentioned on the article.

I guess any device, any OS that is on unsecured WiFi is vulnerable to security holes and therefore using unsecured WiFi is not advisable for critical transactions.

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  • 2011-05-18 10:51
  • RNDd

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