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  • A

    Android WebView

    Android WebView is a component that allows Web developers to render a web page within an Android app.

  • C

    CALEA (Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act)

    CALEA (Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act) is a United States federal law that enables the government to intercept wire and electronic communications and call-identifying information under certain circumstances -- in particular, when it is necessary in order to protect national security.

  • E

    evil twin

    An evil twin, in security, is a rogue wireless access point that masquerades as a legitimate hot spot.

  • G

    Google Play Protect

    Google Play Protect is a malware protection and detection service built into Android devices that use Google Mobile Services.

  • Google Play services

    The Google Play services app runs in the background on Android devices and gives apps access to core functionalities such as authentication services; it should not be disabled.

  • GPS jamming

    GPS jamming is the process of using a frequency transmitting device to block or interfere with radio communications.

  • M

    madware

    Madware is a type of aggressive advertising that affects smartphones and tablets. The name, which is a portmanteau combining the words mobile and adware, was coined by the security vendor Symantec to describe a type of intrusive advertising that currently affects Android smartphones and tablets.

  • man-in-the-disk (MITD) attack

    Man-in-the-disk (MITD) is an attack vector that allows an intruder to intercept and potentially alter data as it moves between Android external storage and an installed app.

  • O

    one-time password (OTP)

    A one-time password (OTP) is an automatically generated numeric or alphanumeric string of characters that authenticates the user for a single transaction or login session.

  • S

    smart card

    A smart card is a physical card that has an embedded integrated chip that acts as a security token.

  • spyware

    Spyware is a type of malicious software -- or malware -- that is installed on a computing device without the end user's knowledge.

  • W

    Wi-Fi Sense

    Windows Wi-Fi Sense allows Windows 10 users to get Internet access from public hotspots and private wireless local area networks (WLANs) that have been shared by friends. Although Wi-Fi Sense is enabled by default in all editions of Windows 10, the feature can be turned off by users and access can be disabled by wireless network administrators.

  • Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP)

    Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) is a security protocol, specified in the IEEE Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) standard, 802.11b, that is designed to provide a wireless local area network (WLAN) with a level of security and privacy comparable to what is usually expected of a wired LAN. A wired local area network (LAN) is generally protected by physical security mechanisms (controlled access to a building, for example) that are effective for a controlled physical environment, but may be ineffective for WLANs because radio waves are not necessarily bound by the walls containing the network.

  • WPA3

    WPA3 is a security certification program developed by the Wi-Fi Alliance to ensure Wi-Fi related products meet a common standard.

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