'Coon Cave

A blog about software development, Google Play and Android in general. May contain traces of rambling. Feedback and subscriptions welcome!
Monday, September 9, 2019

Something went utterly wrong with the app ecosystem. Sure, if you can’t trust code, you sandbox it, but Android and IOS Sandbox everything. Why has it become the norm for Joe Average to deal with untrusted code?!

Friday, September 6, 2019

Hm, Facebook lost the telephone numbers of 420 million of it’s members. I’m not holding my breath for Libra with that kind of security.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019
  1. Digital Assistants use voice recognition to save us the time to type.
  2. All major digital assistants are developed by companies trying to sell us more stuff.
  3. Advertisement only works when we spend us much time as possible on it.

Are digital assistants really time savers?

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Why do smartphones have fingerprint sensors?

The three golden rules for password management are:

  1. Never write your password(s) down.
  2. Use different passwords for different services
  3. Change your passwords when they are compromised.

You always “write down” your fingerprints when touching a smooth surface. You can never change them and you (usually) have only 10 of them to begin with. Fingerprints violate all of the above rules, making them completely unfit for being used as password replacements. Smartphone manufacturers know that, but build fingerprint sensors into their devices nonetheless. Why? Because the point is not to actually protect anything on your phone, but to give you the illusion that only you can access it. Otherwise you wouldn’t trust it with your personal data.

Fingerprint sensors are not a security feature. They are simply part of the sales pitch.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Harmony OS - the Android Killer?

What do actually know about Harmony OS? Nothing much so far, except that it is Huawei's attempt to break free from Google and everyone is having high hopes for a spyware free smartphone.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Told you so. Never use biometrics as passwords. Have fun changing your fingerprints now.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Just think of ads as crappy loans: someone fronting the money to pay for a product (service, content) you use, in the understanding that eventually you will pay him back by buying his product (service, content) - it’s not really “free with ads” and the interest rate is horrible.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

The way to end user tracking in apps once and for all

Commenting and improving on 'Thank Q, Next' by Bennett Cyphers, published on the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Blog.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Ok, FaceApp is the latest shit now. I really wonder how many of the FaceApp fans also use face unlock to access their phone. Feels a bit like a giant phishing attack.