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Security vs. Utility: Talking about regulation

Raising capital with ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings) has become very popular: in 2017 alone, ICOs has raised a combined $3.7 billion. Projects using this model typically raise capital by issuing digital tokens on a blockchain and distributing them to investors for a financial contribution. Such crypto tokens represent a virtual […]

Microsoft is working on” next generation’ security OS, hints synaptics

Synaptics hints that Microsoft’s next-generation operating system will have enhanced biometric features It’s been three years since Microsoft introduced its last desktop operating system, Windows 10 in July 2015. The tech giant has since been regularly upgrading, improving and developing the current operating system (OS) with a continuous stream of […]

Compiler-based security mitigations in Android P

Posted by Ivan Lozano, Information Security Engineer Android’s switch to LLVM/Clang as the default platform compiler in Android 7.0 opened up more possibilities for improving our defense-in-depth security posture. In the past couple of releases, we’ve rolled out additional compiler-based mitigations to make bugs harder to exploit and prevent certain […]

Project Capillary: End-to-end encryption for push messaging, simplified

Posted by Giles Hogben, Privacy Engineer and Milinda Perera, Software Engineer Developers already use HTTPS to communicate with Firebase Cloud Messaging (FCM). The channel between FCM server endpoint and the device is encrypted with SSL over TCP. However, messages are not encrypted end-to-end (E2E) between the developer server and the […]

Insider Attack Resistance

Posted by Shawn Willden, Staff Software Engineer Our smart devices, such as mobile phones and tablets, contain a wealth of personal information that needs to be kept safe. Google is constantly trying to find new and better ways to protect that valuable information on Android devices. From partnering with external […]

DNS over TLS support in Android P Developer Preview

Posted by Erik Kline, Android software engineer, and Ben Schwartz, Jigsaw software engineer The first step of almost every connection on the internet is a DNS query. A client, such as a smartphone, typically uses a DNS server provided by the Wi-Fi or cellular network. The client asks this DNS […]

On the Intersection of Software and Regulation

Software has been the most magical ingredient in economic terms and clearly the biggest “economic revolution” to have taken place in history, yet has also been largely unregulated. A twitter thread from March 21, 2018. What is going on with Facebook and privacy is very challenging for not just FB but […]

Android Security 2017 Year in Review

Originally posted by Dave Kleidermacher, Vice President of Security for Android, Play, ChromeOS, on the Google Security Blog Our team’s goal is simple: secure more than two billion Android devices. It’s our entire focus, and we’re constantly working to improve our protections to keep users safe. Today, we’re releasing our […]

Cryptography Changes in Android P

Posted by Adam Vartanian, Software Engineer We hope you’re enjoying the first developer preview of Android P. We wanted to specifically call out some backward-incompatible changes we plan to make to the cryptographic capabilities in Android P, which you can see in the developer preview. Changes to providers Starting in […]