It’s always a good idea of have two-step authentication enabled on your accounts to thwart phishing attempts. The most commonly used forms of authentication include push notifications and text messaging codes. However, hackers can work around that limitation with fake sign-in pages to steal credentials. Google thus considers security keys based on FIDO standards to be the strongest protection against such attempts and so it now allows your Android phone to double as one.
Google considers the security keys to be the strongest, most phishing-resistant method of two-factor authentication on the market. The physical keys protect users’ accounts from phishers by requiring them to tap their key during a sign-in attempt that’s flagged as unrecognized or suspicious.
A quick heads-up for Xperia XZs owners – Sony Mobile is now rolling out the latest 1 March 2019 Android security patches. The update moves the build number from 41.3.A.2.223 to version 41.3.A.2.234. There does not appear to be any other changes, but let us know your impressions in the comments below.
Japan's government is increasing efforts to protect crucial domestic infrastructure against cyber-attacks. It has drafted revised guidelines for operators of critical infrastructure, including electricity, gas, railways and airports.
The draft urges operators to take precautions to reduce security risks and vulnerability when purchasing telecommunications equipment.
Sony Mobile is rolling out a new firmware update for its latest flagship devices including the Xperia XZ3, and Xperia XZ2 range (XZ2, XZ2 Compact and XZ2 Premium). The update adds the February 2019 Android security patches and moves the build number from 52.0.A.3.163 to version 52.0.A.3.202. There's no sign of any other changes, but if you've updated, please let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Sony Mobile is rolling out a new firmware update for the Xperia XZ Premium, XZ1 and XZ1 Compact that adds the January 2019 Android security patches. The update moves the build number from 47.2.A.4.45 to version 47.2.A.6.30. Some people were experiencing a loudspeaker issue on previous Android Pie builds, which Sony promised would be fixed in an upcoming update. Hopefully, this has now been sorted with this firmware release. Please let us know your impressions in the comments below.
Japan will attempt to access Internet-connected devices in homes and offices to find their vulnerabilities. The first-of-its-kind survey is aimed at beefing up cyber-security.
The government approved the survey on Friday. It will be carried out by the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology.
Sony Mobile is today rolling out a new firmware update for the Xperia XZ3 and the whole Xperia XZ2 family (XZ2, XZ2 Compact and XZ2 Premium) adding the 1 January 2019 Android security patches. The OTA update size is 151.5MB, and moves the build number from 52.0.A.3.126 to version 52.0.A.3.163. If you've downloaded the new update, let us know your impressions in the comments below.