Unsafe browsers in Firefox and Opera due to their request for access to a device’s camera and microphone

Internet browsers are what they are: to allow the display of information retrieved from the Internet either through direct access to a webpage or through a search engine. Hence, for their design purpose, Internet browsers do not need access to a device or laptop’s microphone or camera.   Firefox and Opera are two important alternative … More Unsafe browsers in Firefox and Opera due to their request for access to a device’s camera and microphone

Unacceptable listening and control of SMS in YouTube update on Google Play Store

A short note to highlight that there are new requests for permissions on an Android smartphone and tablet for its microphone and SMS (short message service) functions from the popular YouTube app available on Google Play Store. This is my perspective based on usage experience of my smartphone and tablet in Singapore.   Request for … More Unacceptable listening and control of SMS in YouTube update on Google Play Store

Different layers of the Android operating system

Since its introduction to the world in 2010 as a free open source operating system, Android has moved into the most popular mobile operating system for smartphone and tablets with a predominant market share in individual countries around the world. But, what is Android? And, more importantly, how does Android in one manufacturer’s phones and … More Different layers of the Android operating system

Does the voice call and short message service functions of a smartphone needs protection by an antivirus program?

Smartphone is the de facto standard in mobile telecommunications, and with open source operating systems such as Android, the price of previously expensive smartphones has fallen drastically. This enables significant market penetration of smartphone, which draws users away from conventional voice call and messaging only feature phones. With useful features such as mobile Internet, better … More Does the voice call and short message service functions of a smartphone needs protection by an antivirus program?