ToTok messaging app is very popular and also an Emirati spy tool

ToTok messaging app - person using messaging app on cell phone

The mobile application has been downloaded into millions of phones since it launched. The ToTok messaging app has become known as a simple and secure tool to communicate with friends and family by text and video. It is popular even in the United Arab Emirates, where other popular applications in that category – such as Skype and WhatsApp – have been banned. American officials recently identified this application as a spy tool for the UAE. According to an investigation in the New York Times which included American officials familiar with…

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Mobile commerce security breaches could prove highly problematic this holiday season

Mobile commerce security - Woman on Phone

A new study shows that careless using smartphones combined with large retailer hacks may be difficult. A new survey of over 1,000 Americans showed that mobile commerce security issues such as breaches may end this holiday season on a rough note for many shoppers. Hacks to large retailer databases and carelessness among phone users could be a brutal combination. The research was conducted by First Orion and showed that the security breaches afflicting retailers to an increasing degree are posing a rising risk for consumers. Moreover, this, combined with the…

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New iPhone parental controls help take action against digital addictions

iPhone Parental Controls - Children using iPhone

These options help parents limit kids’ access to text, calls, and FaceTime in meaningful ways. A new Apple iOS update has boosted iPhone parental controls to help enhance security and reduce the risk of kids’ phone addiction. The update provides parents with a full range of additional tools to apply to their kids phone use. Along with the release of the iOS 13.3 came a slew of new iPhone parental controls. These include a number of first time options. These include setting limits regarding to whom their kids can talk…

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4 out of 5 shopping apps leak user data

shopping apps - apps on smartphone

A new NowSecure survey showed that 80 percent of these commerce applications breach security. Consumers who plan to use shopping apps to get their holiday gifts under the tree this year are being warned to pay closer attention to the efforts they make on behalf of their own security. The vast majority of mobile commerce applications are leaking the user’s personal information. A NowSecure survey found that 82 percent of shopping apps from brick and mortar stores are leaking personal data. Similarly 92 percent of commerce applications for online-only retail…

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QR code spam threat rises as most device users remain fully unaware

QR code spam - Caution Spam

New research shows that 74 percent of internet users have no idea of the risks from quick response codes. Seventy four percent of internet users have absolutely no idea that QR code spam exists, according to a G.M.X. commissioned survey. This lack of awareness has occurred despite the fact that the problem is becoming worse. Security experts from G.M.X., a European email provider, has detected a stark rise in the amount of QR code spam. The survey was commissioned in order to better understand whether or not device users understand…

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