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Malicious coronavirus-themed apps target Android devices

Purporting to offer help and info on COVID-19, the apps can let hackers take control of devices to access files, contacts, the calendar, and more, according to Check Point Research.

Mobile malware can be a threat at any time. But as cyber criminals exploit the coronavirus with phishing emails, ransomware, and other attacks, so too are they concocting phony coronavirus-themed apps to infect mobile devices. A new collection of Android apps analyzed by cyber threat intelligence provider Check Point Research purport to offer help and info on COVID-19 but instead deliver remote access trojans and other malware.

For its report “COVID-19 Goes Mobile: Coronavirus Malicious Applications Discovered” released Thursday, Check Point detailed its discovery of 16 different apps all masquerading as legitimate coronavirus apps. Installing these apps on an Android device unleashes malware that attempts to steal sensitive information or fraudulently generate money from premium services. The malware

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How to enable the new Eyes Open feature for Google Pixel 4

Google has finally added the Eyes Open requirement for Google Pixel 4 Face Unlock. Learn how to enable it.

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The Google Pixel 4 facial recognition feature is already one of the finest on the market. It’s fast, secure, and reliable. However, there’s been one complaint frequently used against the system, which is that Face Unlock doesn’t require eyes to be open. The implications of that are pretty obvious: Someone could pick up your phone, while you sleep, and open the device by holding it in front of your face.

That does throw a bit of a wrench into the security works of the system.

To resolve this, the developers have finally (with the April 5, 2020 Security Update) added the ability to require eyes to be open for Face Unlock to work. 

Let me show you how to enable this must-use feature.

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How Android can assist your work from home experience

Learn how to ease your work-at-home stress a bit with the help of your Android smartphone.

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By now, your company has probably relegated you and your team to working from home. For some, this change hardly registers on the emotional or mental scale; for others, it’s a tectonic shift in how you think, behave, and work. 

To those who find this a struggle, what do you do? Fortunately, you have plenty of tools to make this transition a bit easier. One such tool is your Android device. Believe it or not, that tiny smartphone can help your work at home experience be a bit less troublesome.

“How” you ask? You’d be surprised at just how well Google’s platform is able to make this new world order a bit easier.

Let me explain.

SEE: Top 100+ tips for telecommuters and managers (TechRepublic download)

Your backup network

Probably the biggest

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How to get started with Zoom’s apps for iOS and Android

Meeting online with Zoom doesn’t mean you’re tied to your desk—learn how to host or join video conferences from your smartphone.

Millions of Americans are now working from home due to the coronavirus outbreak and that means demand for video chat apps and other remote collaboration tools has skyrocketed. If your team is looking for ways to communicate face-to-face while maintaining social distancing, Zoom is just one of the tools you have at your disposal. 

Newly remote workers may find themselves using Zoom for the first time and most will probably opt for the Zoom desktop client for Windows or macOS. But, what if your remote work situation still requires moving around, be it inside or out of the house? A desktop video conferencing app won’t cut it. 

That’s where Zoom Cloud Meetings for iOS and Android come in. If you’re not sure how to get started with Zoom

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