Naked Security: Advising Us To Stop Using The Android Unlock Pattern To Secure Phone (to easy to crack)

October 1, 2017

How many of you are using an unlock pattern to secure your device? In a nutshell: it is far easier for an attacker to shoulder surf a pattern than a PIN.

A new report (PDF) from security researchers at the US Naval Academy and the University of Maryland Baltimore County has quantified just how absurdly easy it is to do an over-the-shoulder glance that accurately susses out an Android unlock pattern…. READ MORE


SOURCE: Naked Security


A Very Simple To Use App To Take Screenshots On Your Android Phone

August 31, 2017

Taking a screenshot on an Android phone is typically possible by holding down the power button and the volume down button at the same time. This is tricky to do; and saving or sharing the screenshot requires too many hoops to jump through.

A solution that I found is a small app called “Selection – Screenshot & Crop”. Once the app is launched and enabled, you simply go to the notification area of the phone (at the top) to initiate the capture sequence. Once initiated, a grid will appear on the screen that will allow you to crop your selection; then, you can subsequently share the screenshot through other apps (such as your email). I have tried many screenshot apps and this one is the simplest I have found to use and is now a keeper on my phone.


SOURCE: Google Play – Selection – Screenshot & Crop (to install on your Android Smartphone, open the Google Play app on your phone and search for “Selection – Screenshot & Crop”)


The World’s No. 1 Mobile Document Scanning And Sharing App (for Android).

August 26, 2017

The world’s No. 1 mobile document scanning and sharing app is how “CamScanner” is described on Google Play. CamScanner is an app that has been exclusively developed to scan documents, pictures, etc. using your smartphone.  How good is it?  Well, I use it a lot and don’t even use the scanner that is with my computer anymore when it comes to scanning anything. The reason for that is that CamScanner is much faster than the scanner attached to your computer, is portable (because it is on my smartphone) and after I scan a document or picture, it automatically aligns the result and is saved to my phone (as a PDF file or image file). I can also upload the scanned result to my Google Drive.

I typically do not purchase apps or software and look for the free stuff; however, CamScanner is the exception. I highly recommend this app.

CamScanner helps you scan, store, sync and collaborate on various contents across smartphones, tablets and computers.

Features:

Mobile Scanner  – Use your phone camera to scan receipts, notes, invoices, whiteboard discussions, business cards, certificates, etc.

Optimize Scan Quality – Smart cropping and auto enhancing make the texts and graphics look clear and sharp

Quick Search – By entering any keyword, you’ll see a list of docs with the word in their titles, notes or images (Registrants only)

Extract Texts from Image – OCR (optical character recognition) extracts texts inside single page for further editing or .txt sharing. (Licensed only)

Share PDF/JPEG Files – Easily share docs in PDF or JPEG format with others via social media, email attachment or sending the doc link

Print & Fax – Instantly print out docs in CamScanner with nearby printer; directly fax docs to over 30 countries right from the app

Collaboration – Invite friends or colleagues to view and comment on your scans in a group. (Registrants only)

Advanced Editing – Making annotations or adding customized watermark on docs are made available for you

Secure Important Docs – Set passcode for viewing important docs; meanwhile, when sending doc link, you can set password to protect it

Sync across Platforms – Sign up to sync documents on the go. Just sign in to any smartphone, tablet or computer (visit www.camscanner.com) you own and you can view, edit and share any document. (Registrants only)


SOURCE: Google Play – CamScanner


Check Out PCMag’s 100 Best Android Apps of 2017

August 24, 2017

If you have an Android Smartphone or Tablet, you may be interested in checking out PCMag’s 100 Best Android Apps of 2017, in 14 different categories.

100 Best Android Apps


SOURCE: PCMag – The 100 Best Android Apps of 2017


Fast Finder – Android App To Search For and Find Files, Apps, Contacts, Songs and Videos In Milliseconds

August 5, 2017

I want to share a small Android App with you, that I came across, called Fast Finder. Once installed on your Android Device (smartphone or tablet) you simply invoke a search by tapping on the Fast Finder icon. A search dialog box will quickly appear where you can type in whatever it is you are looking for (i.e. files, apps, contacts, songs and videos). I am finding, as I use it more and more, that it is extremely useful in finding (and launching) apps and when searching for contacts. Super, Super fast! Definitely a keeper on my phone…

   Fast Finder- screenshot


SOURCE: Google Play – Fast Finder


Has anyone tried the Nox App Player (Android Emulator for Windows / Mac)?

July 26, 2017

I discovered Nox App Player on FreewareFiles and it has me interested; however, if anyone out there has installed this, I would be interested in knowing what their experience was. The Nox App Player is a 277MB install and serves as an Android Emulator. What that means is, if you install Nox App Player you can install and run Android apps on your Windows based computer through the emulator.

Although there are several programs providing an Android environment on PC, it is difficult to get a complete Android experience using the traditional emulators. However, Nox App Player provides an interface that looks like an actual Android device in all ways. The intuitive emulator is based on Android 4.4.2 and compatible with both AMD and x86 systems.

Screenshot for: Nox App Player 5.0.0.0

SOURCE: FreewareFiles – Nox App Player 


A Nice Android Screen Capture and Photo Markup Tool

July 26, 2017

Grabbing a screenshot on an Android device, such as a smartphone or tablet, can be a pain in the droid…

Typically, you can hold down the power button and volume down button simultaneously to perform a screen capture; however, on a phone like mine, that maneuver is quite difficult. Besides, if you are not familier with using an Android file manager, locating the file is another frustration.

The solution is an app that is designed to perform screen captures. Today, I tried quite a few of them; five of them to be exact; and, the one I settled on was one called Screen Master. What I really like about this app is that it is FREE; has a small size less than 5 MBs; no rooting is required; can crop captured images; can easily share whatever it is you capture; and, with the photo markup tool you can add text, arrows, circles, and even turn the captured area into a shape (such as a heart)… As a matter of fact, you can use the photo markup tool to work with existing photos on your device.

Screen Master has a mid level learning curve, but once you get the hang of using Screen Master you will wonder why something like this is not already built into Android.

 Screen Master: Screenshot & Photo Markup- screenshot

Key Features:

1. Capture Screenshot, included:

– Selection screenshots
– Take screenshots by floating button
– Shake to take screenshots
Note: Floating button and Shake function are available on Android 5.0 or later

2. Image Markup, included:

– Cropping and rotation
– Photo Pixelated
– Add text on photo, custom color, style, size
– Doodle on photo, all tools you need: Arrow, Rect, Circle, Pen
– Large images can be directly annotated and do not have to be cropped
– Not only screenshots but all images are supported, you could import photo from gallery
– HD save and share with your friends

SOURCE: Google Play – Screen Master: Screenshot and Photo Markup