Panic detection mode is quietly featured on Android 7.1 to fight malicious apps

A feature that Google added to Android 7.1 hasn’t received much in the way of any press. However, this so-called “panic detection mode” helps users exit out of malicious apps. According to XDA Developers, this feature tracks how many times you press the back button within a certain period of time. Four button presses at .3 seconds a tap or faster will set off the mode, override the app, and send you back to the home screen.

This comes in handy if a malicious app prevents you from leaving it by backing out through its pages. The detection in “panic detection mode” sees that you are trying …


Report: Android UI design issues could secretly open up your phone to malicious attacks

Being the most popular smartphone OS worldwide, it is no surprise that Android is provoking great interest among hackers. That is why Google is constantly striving to improve the security of Android-based smartphones by monthly software updates that cure known bugs and security holes. But it is not always just the errors in the code to blame for vulnerabilities – it appears that some deliberate features of the Android user interface can also put mobile devices at risk.

A small team of security experts have recently exposed “design issues” in the Android UI, which, according to them, could …

If your iOS 10 powered iDevice is frozen, it probably is from this malicious text

There is a text message that can freeze an Apple iPhone, iPad or iPod running iOS 10 through iOS 10.2.1. Unlike the last malicious iOS text message we told you about, this one has an easy fix that will unfreeze your iPhone as though nothing ever happened to it. The text is made up of four characters. They are a white flag emoji, a character known as VS16 (which is not visible), a zero and a rainbow emoji. This text will freeze any iOS 10 powered device for two to three minutes before the phone crashes and comes back to life.

The reason that this works is believed to be due to the …