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Security is top of mind for everyone these days. With all the latest news of high-profile cyber attacks, it’s no wonder. Everyone needs to pay better attention to security—perhaps no one more than the federal government. And while staying secure remains a top priority, safety measures on your work machine can be counter-productive if they prevent you from working efficiently.

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Six months ago, Google offered to pay US$200,000 to any researcher who could remotely hack into an Android device by knowing only the victim’s phone number and email address. No one stepped up to the challenge. While that might sound like good news and a testament to the mobile operating system’s strong security, that’s likely not the reason why the company’s Project Zero Prize contest attracted so little interest.

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Smartphones are by far the most popular target of mobile malware, and the infection rate is soaring, according to new research by Nokia. During the second half of 2016, the increase in smartphone infections was 83% following on the heels of a 96% increase during the first half of the year, according to Nokia’s latest Mobile Threat Intelligence Report.

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The chances of you encountering malware on your Android phone is incredibly small, according to Google. By the end of last year, less than 0.71 percent of Android devices had installed a “potentially harmful application”, such as spyware, a Trojan, or other malicious software. Read More

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