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WhatsApp Rival Apps, Telegram And Signal, Are Also Vulnerable To Hackers: Report

“Over the security concerns related to Pegasus spyware, many WhatsApp users started to flee towards other instant messaging apps in the market including Signal and Telegram, thinking these apps are safer” writes Natasha Mathur for mashable.com. But, in case Signal or Telegram gets hit with a cyberattack of such frequency, these instant messaging apps probably won’t have the resources to mitigate the attack.However, a new report by Livemint via IANS states that these apps are not any safer than WhatsApp and can also be hacked. Source: mashable.com

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Microsoft reveals the future of OneNote and it’s all about Fluid and desktop

“The software giant reversed course and revived its OneNote 2016 desktop app earlier this week, with a new dark mode and extended support” writes Nov Est for theverge.com. Microsoft has big plans for Fluid, to power the future of collaborative experiences for Office on the web.Microsoft is detailing its plans for its popular OneNote app today. Source: theverge.com

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Google’s App Defense Alliance Will Stop “Bad Apps” From Reaching The Play Store

“While Google Play Protect already scans for potentially harmful applications (PHAs) before they are published on Google Play, malware-ridden apps still manage to sneak in” reports androidheadlines.com. Google has announced a new partnership with three major mobile security companies — ESET, Lookout, and Zimperium — to create an App Defense Alliance. Source: androidheadlines.com

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Google Open-Sources Cardboard A Month After Shutting Down Daydream VR

“It was only four years back when Google launched itself into the world of virtual reality experiences powered by smartphones by announcing Cardboard, makeshift cardboard headset with special lenses” writes Shomik Sen Bhattacharjee for mashable.com. Google has now released an open source project for its Google Cardboard to allow developers a chance to build additional experiences and add support to their apps for various smartphone screen variants and configurations. Source: mashable.com

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Adobe is building live-streaming into Creative Cloud apps

“Adobe is developing live-streaming features that are built directly into its Creative Cloud apps, the company announced at its annual Adobe Max creativity conference” writes Dami Lee for theverge.com. Live streams can often run as long as three hours, and the company says the average watch time on any video on Adobe Live is over 66 minutes.The feature gives users the option to go live and share a link for anyone online to watch and comment on their streams. Source: theverge.com

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Google Teams Up With Security Firms To Fight Malicious Apps Before They Hit Play Store

“A slew of other apps that promote illegal activities have also been spotted on the Google Play Store before” writes Natasha Mathur for mashable.com. We’re excited to work with these partners to arm the Google Play Store against bad apps,” adds Kleidemarcher.To that end, Google announced yesterday that it’s teaming up with three security firms to help uncover malicious apps before they get released on the Play Store.Take for example, Google’s Play Store which was recently found to have 15 apps with over 1.3 million downloads filled with deceptive adware. Source:…

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Google forges new ‘app defense alliance’ to fix Android malware menace

“The fact that Google sought outside reinforcements to beef up Android app security is an acknowledgment of the seriousness of the situation” writes Ravie Lakshmanan for thenextweb.com. More troublingly, even after Google removes a PHA from Google Play, the users who installed the app on their devices continue to remain at risk.Introduced in 2017, Google Play Protect combines a mix of on-device protections and a cloud-based infrastructure to routinely scan over 500,000 apps to keep tainted apps off Google Play and out of users’s devices. Source: thenextweb.com

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Facebook users mistrusted apps long before Zuckerberg did, leaked documents show

“In October 2012, over a year after Facebook users were apparently becoming wary of third party apps, Zuckerberg didn’t really see the problem these apps posed for users’ data and security” writes Rachel Kraus for mashable.com. It turns out that untrustworthy third party apps did indeed cause “a real issue” for Facebook — and Facebook’s users were wise to the risks before its CEO was.As he makes an argument for this, Cathcart drops an interesting tidbit about how Facebook users’ trust in third party apps is eroding; Facebook users were…

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Google asks mobile security vendors to help keep hackers out of the Play Store

“Google announced Wednesday it would work with multiple cybersecurity companies to better secure the Google Play Store, which hackers have repeatedly used to distribute malicious software” writes Sean Lyngaas for cyberscoop.com. In 2017, security specialists removed roughly 700,000 malicious apps from the Play Store.In but one illustration of the issue, last January, cybersecurity company Trend Micro found spyware that had been downloaded over 100,000 times from the Play Store.That will allow the companies to do an extra layer of vetting before an app appears in the Play Store. Source: cyberscoop.com

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