This week’s tech news roundup features Google’s Compute Engine’s refined data security, Microsoft’s push for Windows 10 enterprise adoption and new Android bug that violates phones with a simple text.
Beginning July 29, Google will permit developers who use Google’s Compute Engine infrastructure as a service (IaaS) platform to use their own security keys. According to the company, doing this gives their users more control over data security. Currently, Google encrypts all data using an AES-256 bit encryption key. This key is not only encrypted in itself but is also changed frequently.
Now, permitting developers to use personal security keys, is a step towards providing them more flexibility to manage their data’s security state. Since, Google will not retain individual security keys, nobody inside the organization will be able to access your data when it is idle.
Windows 10 has been launched on July 29. With this, Microsoft has also upped their efforts to push its enterprise adoption. Jim Alkove, Corporate VP – Enterprise & Security in Microsoft has stated that the Windows 10 update includes a number of important features that are crucial for enterprise IT departments. For example, the Device Guard, allows companies to run only those applications that come from a set of chosen developers. Windows 10 also comes with Windows Hello, that uses biometric information to let people login. The ‘enterprise’ push strategy is a part of Microsoft’s plan to have 1 billion devices using Windows within the next three years.
If you’re an Android phone user, brace yourself. A nasty bug is doing the rounds and is a threat to your phone’s security. So, how does it work and is your phone at a risk? Experts at Zimperium Mobile Labs, where the bug was originally discovered, say that 95% of Android devices are vulnerable to this bug.
The attacker simply sends a text message to your phone which hacks the Android device, even without the users actually opening the text to read it. Just receiving the message is enough to let attackers breach your device’s safety. Google has announced a bug fix that device manufacturers can directly send to their users to resolve this problem.
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