Now as part of Google’s Project Strobe—a “root-and-branch” review of third-party developers access to Google account and Android device data and of its idea around apps’ data access it has automatically banned any app that requires access to SMS, call logs, contact and phone.

These must be human-curated and there is an appeal process in place for legitimate apps that takes days, not weeks.

Google has updated its Account Permissions system that asks for each requested permission individually rather than all at once, giving users more control over what type of account data they choose to share with each app.

It is also kicking out developers that in violation of its policies and says that in 99% of cases the suspension decision is correct.

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Hotmail, MSN and Outlook webmail hacked

First, this is not Outlook 365 or Exchange Server mail but webmail-based services like Outlook.com, msn.com or Hotmail.com. Second, it appears that the attack used a support employee’s credentials. Third, it only happened to a small (unknown) number of users and Microsoft should have notified them.

Between 1 January and 28 March, cybercriminals penetrated some of its webmail services gaining access to email addresses, subject lines and email addresses.

“We have identified that a Microsoft support agent’s credentials were compromised, enabling individuals outside Microsoft to access information within your Microsoft email account. Microsoft immediately disabled the compromised credentials, prohibiting their use for any further unauthorised access.”

The potential exposure does not include the content and attachments of emails. Nor have login credentials been revealed, although users should change their passwords, said Microsoft.

And add two-factor authentication to be doubly sure says GadgetGuy.

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Samsung to probe reports of foldables breakage

Select reviewers have said that Samsung’s new US$2000+ foldable screen is prone to breaking down the middle. Before you say, the sky is falling, some have removed the factory fitted screen protector that is integral to the screen.

Samsung has responded – you can read the full statement here.

“A limited number of early Galaxy Fold samples were provided to media for review. We have received a few reports regarding the main display on the samples provided. We will thoroughly inspect these units in person to determine the cause of the matter.

“Separately, a few reviewers reported having removed the top layer of the display causing damage to the screen. The main display on the Galaxy Fold features a top protective layer, which is part of the display structure designed to protect the screen from unintended scratches. Removing the protective layer or adding adhesives to the main display may cause damage. We will ensure customers are aware of this.”

Samsung says the commercial release date will be announced in coming weeks.