Smartphone privacy called into question as Android phones track owners that opted-out

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According to a new paper from Trinity College in Dublin, data sharing habits aren’t what they claim to be. A new report is calling smartphone privacy into question as researchers from Trinity College in Dublin showed that even when users opt out of tracking, devices are still riddled with unwanted trackers. Even savvy users who have avoided sketchy apps and have followed privacy guides aren’t immune. The smartphone privacy paper examined the data sharing habits of some of the popular app versions on Android, including those developed by Samsung, Huawei…

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Apple claims mobile malware is 47 times worse in Android phones than iPhones

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The statement was released amidst the tech giant’s efforts to prevent third-party app installations. As Apple pushes back against rising pressure from governments and private companies to allow third-party app downloads on iOS, the iPhone maker has released a paper indicating that mobile malware is 47 times higher on Android devices when compared to its own. The company released the information with a new security paper using real-world security data. Among the statistics Apple shared included that Android was affected by 15 to 47 times more mobile malware than iPhone.…

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Researchers spot contactless Visa and Apple Pay Hack for unauthorized payments

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Experts found that large unauthorized transactions can be made through locked iPhones. Researchers have announced that it is possible to make large unauthorized contactless payments on Apple Pay on locked iPhones by exploiting the way the mobile wallet is designed to boost convenience at ticket barriers using a Visa card. The researchers recorded a video that demonstrated how an unauthorized contactless £1,000 payment could be made. The Computer Science departments of Birmingham and Surrey Universities researchers’ video showed that the Apple Pay transaction of £1,000 was made with zero-contact and…

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Facebook backs down on developing Instagram for kids following strong opposition

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The social network had been digging in its heels about its plan to create a platform for kids under 13 years. Facebook has announced that it will be putting its intentions to develop Instagram for kids aged 13 and under on hold, as it has faced substantial opposition from certain child safety advocates. The company has said that it still intends to create the experience, but it is putting it on hold for now. “While we stand by the need to develop this experience, we’ve decided to pause this project,”…

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Chargebacks: Why They Happen and How to Prevent Them

Chargebacks: Why They Happen and How to Prevent Them

Online fraud has become a real threat to many consumers, especially those who pay for goods and services using credit cards. That is why there has been a sudden upsurge in the number of complaints among cardholders concerning wrong charges from merchants. Online traders must consider chargeback protection to minimize any losses associated with such happenings. Additionally, as a merchant, you need to understand the causes of chargebacks and how you can prevent them. Why Do Chargebacks Happen? There are several reasons why this reversal occurs, which is why you need to…

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