CNET: Google’s newest app aims to free up space on your Android phone

CNET: Google’s newest app aims to free up space on your Android phone. “Google has released an app called Files Go that wants to help you free up space on your Android phone, the company announced today on its blog. Some of the features of Files Go include personalized suggestions about which files to delete to make more space available and smart filters that automatically organize the files on your phone.”

Study: Vast Majority Of Google Play Apps Are Covertly Tracking Users (Gizmodo)

Gizmodo: Study: Vast Majority Of Google Play Apps Are Covertly Tracking Users. “A new study by France’s Exodus Privacy and the Yale University Privacy lab has concluded that over three out of four of apps available on the Google Play Store contain third-party tracking plugins, the Guardian reported today. Apps sucking up personal information included some of the most popular ones on the platform, ‘including Tinder, Spotify, Uber and OKCupid’, as well as innumerable others.”

Digital Trends: How to install Android apps on a Chromebook

Digital Trends: How to install Android apps on a Chromebook. “Many new Chromebooks were made to run the Google Play Store and install Android apps, including the Asus Chromebook Flip, the Samsung Chromebook Pro, and Google’s own Pixelbook. These come with the Play Store pre-installed and ready to go. If yours is one of those, then jump ahead to step one to get started. If you have an older Chromebook, don’t fret — it’s still possible to get Android apps on your laptop.”

Phandroid: Malware targeting several bank customers found on Google Play

Phandroid: Malware targeting several bank customers found on Google Play . “Avast has released a new report detailing a new kind of malware called BankBot that targets customers of large banks including Wells Fargo, Chase, Citibank, and DiBa (formerly ING). Customers of these banks across several different countries were affected by the malware which has now been removed from Google Play.”

Quartz: Google collects Android users’ locations even when location services are disabled

Quartz: Google collects Android users’ locations even when location services are disabled. “Many people realize that smartphones track their locations. But what if you actively turn off location services, haven’t used any apps, and haven’t even inserted a carrier SIM card? Even if you take all of those precautions, phones running Android software gather data about your location and send it back to Google when they’re connected to the internet, a Quartz investigation has revealed.”

BetaNews: MediaProjection vulnerability leaves 77 percent of Android phones open to screen and audio recording attacks

BetaNews: MediaProjection vulnerability leaves 77 percent of Android phones open to screen and audio recording attacks. “More than three quarters of Android phones are vulnerable to screen and audio recording by attackers. By exploiting the MediaProjection service, an attacker can easily trick a user into granting the relevant rights to a malicious app. Although the vulnerability has been fixed in Android 8 Oreo, users running Lollipop, Marshmallow or Nougat remain at risk. MediaProjection is — by design — able to capture screen activity and audio, and it does have legitimate uses, but by using a technique known as tap-jacking permission can be given for it to be used for more nefarious things.”