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

Better security with new permission system in Android 6

Different operating systems (OS) partition sensitive areas of the OS with non sensitive parts using different methods. In the case of the world’s most popular mobile operating system, Android, sensitive areas of the operating system such as the file system is separated from other areas through a sandbox system policed by a layered permissions system. … More Better security with new permission system in Android 6

Misconception that all apps on Google Play store are safe

Apps are the programs or software on mobile devices, and the way they are purchased or downloaded differs significantly from those on desktops and laptops. Specifically, programs on laptops are downloaded from websites of the software creators. In particular, since the advent of smartphones, apps are downloaded from dedicated app stores belonging to one of … More Misconception that all apps on Google Play store are safe

System on a chip integrating a main processor with a graphics processing unit

Almost all computing devices in the market now are equipped with one main processor working in concert with an auxiliary or co-processor known as the graphics processor. Used to be placed on separate parts of the motherboard that is the nerve center of the computer or mobile device, lag in communication between the two processors … More System on a chip integrating a main processor with a graphics processing unit

Windows Defender Security Center as improved security solution for Creators update of Windows 10

Windows Defender is the built-in antivirus and anti malware solution for Windows 10, but its role in defending the operating system from virus and malware attacks is generally under appreciated. Delivered together with the built-in firewall for the operating system, Windows Defender together with Windows Firewall provides staunch defence of an individual’s computer against a … More Windows Defender Security Center as improved security solution for Creators update of Windows 10

System architecture and the role of antivirus software in different platforms

Antivirus software is essential to safeguarding the computing needs of every person from the perspective of keeping browsing activities on the Internet safe from privy eyes, to the prevention of hacking of personal files such as photos, documents and drawings.   While there are multiple providers of antivirus software for various platforms ranging from Windows, … More System architecture and the role of antivirus software in different platforms