We just dug into a major Android Update we received back on June 8th for our AT&T Samsung Galaxy S7s, code-named “Oreo”. This update is truly useful because it resolves some long-standing issues that I’ve had with Wi-Fi over the last few years.
I’d like to discuss a little problem I’ve been having for a few years now, and it’s becoming a real pain, because it’s breaking my “mobile” user experience. In what should be a “seamless” User Experience, I seem to be tripping over the seam between my mobile device’s Mobile Data Plan and any Wi-Fi networks.
Security researchers at Armis, the security research company that had originally discovered the exploit, have identified the eight vulnerabilities — which have been collectively named as “BlueBorne”. It is expected that this set of vulnerabilities in the Bluetooth radio implementation almost certainly affects over 5.3 billion devices.
For those Bloggers like myself who used and loved the Windows Live Writer (latest version was I believe v16.4.3528.0331), it was truly the single greatest piece of code I had on my laptop at the time. I was blogging across three or four active sites at the time, and life was generally good. But then Windows Live Writer’s EOL happened: the End of Life back in August of 2012 when Microsoft decided it didn’t want to continue to support the product. I seem to recall talk of folding the dev crew into Window team. Regardless, it was a critical hit in my ability to Blog efficiently. Of course, I kept using the 2012 version, but there were times when I needed to re-install it, and lost the location of my previous download, or on those occasions in 2016 when it didn’t work very well with Win10.
As best as I can tell, Friday Feb 17th, the floodgates opened and Android Nougat became available as an Update. Weighing-in at 1.5G, it took about an hour to download.
So back when Hello Studios was promoting their soon to release “No Man’s Sky”, it looked great, and was promised to include many multiplayer perks. After many delays, the game has materialized, but not the game I was hoping for. At best it is a wholly different form than the version that was advertised.
There are a lot of exploits out there on Android, such as “StageFright”, “Quad Rooter”. There are approximately 514 of them out there, and most are avoidable by walking the straight and narrow path.
Securing your Android Phone can be accomplished in many different ways, and by catering to many different tastes, so no single way is correct, or best for everyone. I do recommend at least the following as a minimum spread on your device. There are three main areas for security on your device, those settings which left in default mode can be a serious security risk, those apps and programs which help secure your device like AntiVirus and AntiMalware, and AntiTheft apps which can lock-down and secure your information should your device be lost or stolen.
Part-2: Take Control of your Google Account
We’ve all heard the old axiom that building a good house requires a good foundation. I prefer the Engineer’s version of that saying: “To build a stable house requires a square, true, and level foundation. Well, ensuring your sole control over your account is the equivalent first step in our endeavor. Actually, you can have any kind of account as your primary account for your Android phone, but we’re presuming for the purposes of this article that you have a Google Account. If you have a Microsoft or Yahoo account, you’ll need to do some of your own research to find these kind of equivalent settings.
And while it might sound counter-intuitive to securing your device, we actually need to take control of your Google account before we can harden your device. This is to ensure that you are the only person with access to your Google Account. Even if you are certain that you never shared your account password with a good friend, or significant other, your account could still have been compromised. This is the perfect opportunity to confirm that your account is still entirely yours.
My biggest and best argument for using ANY Password Manager is this: passwords are by definition a security measure meant to ensure that your accounts are kept as secure as possible by being as complex as reasonably possible. However, making a password as easy to remember actually runs counter to the entire idea of security. So why bother challenging yourself to remember any password at all when a Password Manager could do this part of the job for you. And if a Password Manager performs the “manage” portion of the job correctly, then they can actually make your life a whole lot easier by automatically inputting the username and password at the appropriate times.