Some carrier RCS implementations have security issues

The biggest issue with RCS prior to Google’s benevolent rollout was the sheer volume of implementations. Every carrier had its own spin on the standard with proprietary seasoning on top, and few of the systems talked to one another. Beyond the practical limitations imposed on customers’ cross-carrier communications, it turns out these customized versions are also exposing users to security vulnerabilities, based on details dug up by a cybersecurity firm in a recent report by Motherboard. Read MoreSome carrier RCS implementations have security issues was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Best smart home deals of Black Friday

Building a smart home can be daunting. There are hundreds of products on the market and many of them are very expensive. Sometimes you have to replace entire appliances with smart ones and that can add up quick.
However, it’s a lot easier than you might think! Old parts can be reused or upgraded, bulbs and switches can retrofit old light fixtures, and thermostats can save you a lot of money. And thanks to Black Friday, you can grab a lot of smart home products on a budget to build the perfect setup. Check out the best deals in these smart home categories and enjoy!
Smart plugs

Gosund 16A smart plug 2 pack – $13.59 (20% off)
Gosund mini smart plug 4 pack – $23.99 (20% off)
Kasa smart plug – $13.99 (18% off)
KMC smart plug with energy monitor 3 pack – $21.99 (33% off)
Wemo mini smart plug 3 pack – $59.49 (30% off)

Smart switches

Gosund smart light switch – $15.21 (10% off)
Gosund smart light switch 4 pack – $47.99 (20% off)
Kasa smart light switch – $19.34 (14% off)
Treatlife smart light switch – $15.29 (19% off)

Smart bulbs

LUMIMAN smart RGB light bulb 2 pack – $19.99  (67% off)
OHLUX smart RGB light bulb 4 pack – $33.43 (24% off)
Kasa smart light bulb – $12.74 (25% off)
LIFX smart RGB light bulb – $33.44 (58% off)
GOADROM smart LED strip – $20.47 (43% off)

Smart thermostat

Nest smart thermostat 3rd gen – $179.00 (28% off)
Nest Thermostat E – $139.00 (18% off)
ecobee smart thermostat – $199.00 (20% off)
ecobee3 lite smart thermostat – $139.00 (18% off)


eufyCam E wireless security cameras – $249.99 (17% off)
August Home smart lock 3rd gen – $79.00 (47% off)
August Home smart lock pro – $149.00 (47% off)
Blink X2 smart security cameras – $184.99 (26% off)
Ring Alarm 5 piece home security system – $139.00 (30% off)


Chamberlain MyQ smart garage door opener – $29.98 (40% off)
AXIS Gear smart blind motor – $179.00 (28% off)
Flume smart water monitor – $149.00 (25% off)

Google’s new Security Checkup all but eliminating identity theft

As a final fling to Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Google has announced a new and improved Security Checkup process that aims to make it near impossible to have your online identity stolen.
“We’re constantly protecting your information from attackers’ tricks, and with these new protections and tools, we hope you can spend your Halloween worrying about zombies, witches, and your candy loot—not the security of your account.” – Google Security Blog 2018
We should, by now, all be aware that online security is really important, however this doesn’t mean that we aren’t vulnerable to the occasional phishing scam or other malicious data hacking techniques. It’s Google’s goal to further eliminate this “possibility.” From now on you will be required to have JavaScript enabled before you can even log in to your Google account, allowing them to run a “Pre-flight check” on your login circumstances before you can even begin.

Google’s updated Security Checkup will now let you know whenever you share any of your Google data with third-party apps. If Google’s spidey senses tingle and they think your account may have been compromised, it will automatically trigger a series of verification steps.
You will be asked to verify your identity via an account recovery method (backup email, SMS). You’ll also be asked to verify the last few financial transactions made on your account to ensure your payment methods haven’t been compromised. And finally, you’ll your recent GMail and Drive data will be checked and verified.
Google is really making every effort to ensure our online security, meaning that even those who aren’t so “internet minded” can keep their sensitive data secure. The all-new hand-holding process really makes it almost impossible to have your online data and identity stolen.
They sign off their blog:
We are constantly working to strengthen our automatic protections to stop attackers and keep you safe. We’ve got your back.
Okay Google. Thank you…
Source: Google Online Security Blog

Google explains how the new Titan M chip makes the Pixel 3 more secure

Google touched on the new Titan M security chip at last week’s Pixel unveiling, but hardware czar Rick Osterloh was vague on the details. Now, Google has provided more information about what this new piece of silicon is doing inside the Pixel 3. Not only does it make your lockscreen harder to bypass, it makes the phone’s firmware nigh unhackable with so-called “side-channel” attacks like Meltdown and Spectre.

The Titan M is Google’s second-generation custom security chip—you can see Titan M above on the right, next to the larger Titan server chip. Read MoreGoogle explains how the new Titan M chip makes the Pixel 3 more secure was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Newegg hacked, card information stolen for millions

Popular e-commerce website Newegg is the latest victim of cyber attacking by Magecart, according to Volexity, a cyberthreat monitoring firm. Newegg is one in a string of high profile cyber attacks making use of the card skimming code which recently compromised British Airways, Ticketmaster, and Feedify. Most critically, customer names and complete card details were stolen using exploited code between August 16th and September 18th.
Magecart exploited the Newegg checkout process with JavaScript similar to the code used in their hacking of British Airways. Read MoreNewegg hacked, card information stolen for millions was written by the awesome team at Android Police.