Today’s topics include Samsung releasing four new Galaxy S10 smartphones, and Duo Security digging into Chrome extension security with CRXcavator.
Samsung celebrated 10 years of its Galaxy S smartphone line on Feb. 20 by announcing its latest four-model Galaxy S10 lineup, which includes three 4G phones and a coming 5G model that will be released as 5G deployments continue to spread.
The new models introduce a new budget version in the S10 lineup—the Galaxy S10e—as well as a standard Galaxy S10 phone, a larger S10+ handset and the upcoming Galaxy S10 5G. Both the S10 and the S10+ are larger and more feature-packed than the S9 and S9+ models they are replacing.
Prices start at $900 for the Galaxy S10, $1,000 for the Galaxy S10+ and $750 for the Galaxy S10e for carrier-provided or unlocked versions. Customers can preorder the Galaxy S10+, S10 and S10e now. Those handsets will be available in stores and online starting March 8.
Cisco’s Duo Security business unit last week announced the public beta of a new tool called CRXcavator that will make it easier for organizations to take inventory of the Chrome extensions running across their enterprise, understand what if any risk they pose and then link that to a policy for secure deployment.
As part of the effort to build CRXcavator, Duo also looked at more than 120,000 Chrome extensions to discover potential security concerns and risks.
According to Josh Yavor, senior manager of corporate security at Duo Security, “The problem we’re trying to solve here is that it’s really difficult for any individual or organization to look at any given Chrome extension and decide whether or not the risk that the extension brings is acceptable.”
CRX is an acronym for “ChRome eXtension,” and what the CRXcavator is doing is digging for information. Chrome Extensions provide added functionality to the Chrome web browser, which can run on Windows, macOS, Linux and Chromebook devices.