security

6tag Instagram client gets speedy update for security and secret ability to open IE links

6tag Instagram client gets speedy update for security and secret ability to open IE links

Daniel Rubino 92

Earlier this week we saw the release of the highly anticipated Instagram client for Windows Phone called 6tag. Developed by Rudy Huyn in just a few weeks’ time, the app has skyrocketed to the top of the Windows Phone Store. While the app is not official or endorsed by Instagram, the company signed off on the name as not conflicting with their brand, in addition to looking the other way...

Microsoft enforces new Windows Phone Store policy; removes apps with vulnerabilities

Microsoft enforces new Windows Phone Store policy; removes apps with vulnerabilities

Rich Edmonds 43

Microsoft has announced this week that it will be removing Windows Phone apps that the company deems to have critical vulnerabilities. Microsoft notes in a TechNet blog post that developers will be provided 180 days to patch the issues in their app or their work will be pulled from the store, preventing consumers from accessing the app from their smartphones or via the web. The 180 day...

Good Guy Microsoft: Launches program to help fight botnets, secure the globe

Good Guy Microsoft: Launches program to help fight botnets, secure the globe

Michael Archambault 33

Microsoft has been fighting off botnets and hackers for the last few years with Project MARS (Microsoft Active Response for Security). They have crippled major botnet networks including Waledac, Rustock, Kelihos, Zeus, Nitol, and Bamital. Today, Microsoft plans to take their fight for web justice to the next level using their own cloud resources. The newly designed Windows Azure-based...

Microsoft gives green light and begins rolling out 2-step Authentication for Accounts

Microsoft gives green light and begins rolling out 2-step Authentication for Accounts

Rich Edmonds 30

Microsoft has announced on its official blog that a major upgrade will be rolled out for its account system, including optional two-step verification. We've lightly touched on this added layer of security recently, as well as looking at the Authenticator app that's available for Windows Phone. The Microsoft Account is the backbone for all platforms the company developers, including...

Microsoft prepping 2-step authentication for Accounts, already have a Windows Phone app

Microsoft prepping 2-step authentication for Accounts, already have a Windows Phone app

Daniel Rubino 40

Two-step authentication, the process whereby you use more than just a password to verify an account, is increasingly an important security tool desired by not just enterprise but consumers. Google has had with Gmail for a few years now, and Microsoft is on the cusp of releasing their version as well. LiveSide.net is reporting that the service will be integrated into existing Microsoft...

Let’s talks security: LastPass finally becomes useful in redesigned new app for Windows Phone

Let’s talks security: LastPass finally becomes useful in redesigned new app for Windows Phone

Daniel Rubino 46

LastPass: When you have been on the internet for as long as we have and have as many passwords stored as we do, apps like LastPass get filed under “necessity” for immediate installation. The app has been on Windows Phone for some time but it was always kind of “meh”. That’s our technical lingo for saying it was missing features. Luckily for us, the app has been bumped to version 1.9 and...

Microsoft’s PhoneFactor enterprise authentication system gets a Windows Phone app

Microsoft’s PhoneFactor enterprise authentication system gets a Windows Phone app

Daniel Rubino 7

Just two months after Microsoft bought up PhoneFactor to help bolster their enterprise security features, the company has released an official Windows Phone app that is on the Store now. Simply called PhoneFactor, the app is rather modest in features but that’s a good thing as its job is rather to the point: to receive and manage authentication notifications sent to your phone......

Security - Windows Phone fails to check certificate Common Names when synchronising email using SSL

Security - Windows Phone fails to check certificate Common Names when synchronising email using SSL

Rich Edmonds 32

Windows Phone currently suffers from a security vulnerability when synchronising email to and from POP3 / IMAP / SMTP servers using SSL, according to a recent filing over at the US-CERT (United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team) website. The issue is pinpointed to Microsoft's mobile OS not verifying CN (Common Name) of server certificates when connecting to servers using SSL....

Microsoft's beefing up security with Windows Phone 8 may make custom ROMs a thing of the past

Microsoft's beefing up security with Windows Phone 8 may make custom ROMs a thing of the past

George Ponder 97

While there is a lot to look forward to with Windows Phone 8, some of the changes may not be as noticeable but no less important. Windows Phone 8 will have a number of significant changes under the hood to bolster the security of the platform. Windows Phone 8 will have device encryption throughout the entire device including the OS and its applications. Designed along the same lines as...

WhatsApp removed from Windows Phone Marketplace due to security issue, update on the way [Updated]

WhatsApp removed from Windows Phone Marketplace due to security issue, update on the way [Updated]

Rich Edmonds 9

Last week we reported WhatsApp had disappeared from view on the Windows Phone Marketplace (it was actually set to private), and were awaiting official clarification on the matter. Turns out, according to a report over at MonWindowsPhone, the app has a serious security flaw, which requires the team to pull the app and look into the problem. An update is well on its way. The app enables...