Is your mobile phone security at risk because of your own actions?

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A private investigator is cautioning consumers that they’re sharing their smartphone numbers too often. There are a number of mobile phone security risks to which device users are exposing themselves every day without even knowing it. The result, says private investigator Thomas Martin who is a former Drug Enforcement Agency agent, is that consumers are providing third parties with access to a surprisingly large amount of information about themselves. The cause is an over-willingness of American consumers to share their phone numbers. Cell numbers have a direct link to our…

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3 Steps To Protect Yourself From Malicious QR Codes

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Ninety-one percent of American adults own a cell phone, and 56 percent own a smartphone as of May 2013, according to Pew Internet Project research. Compare that against the 43 percent who report using QR codes for discounts, 23 percent who use QR codes to purchase an item and 18 percent who report using QR codes to learn more about a brand, details the Chadwick Martin Bailey Consumer Report, and you have a major activity rife for exploitation. QR codes are increasingly common, but they leave opportunities for malicious software…

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Aluminum foil could be the key to mobile security for NFC-enabled credit cards and smart phones

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Mobile commerce is becoming more popular around the world thanks to NFC technology. At this point, mobile payments seem to be inevitable as more companies begin to adopt NFC technology to help facilitate the new form of commerce. Though the concept is gaining momentum, consumers are showing serious concern for the safety of their financial information in relation to mobile payment platforms. NFC technology has enabled consumers to make purchases without making contact with a physical platform. The technology is used in credit cards and some smart phones, making these…

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Dynotag introduces next generation QR codes that offer new protections to consumers

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Dynotag, a technology company based in Seattle, Washington, has released a new line of innovative QR code products and services. These products and services are designed to make QR codes more intuitive for consumers and businesses, both tech-savvy and otherwise. They are also meant to give consumers peace of mind in a time when cybersecurity is becoming a major concern. Though QR codes are a popular tool for marketers, hackers are finding uses for the codes as well. The potential threat of identity theft has been one of the reasons…

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Major credit companies come together to make mobile commerce more secure

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As mobile commerce begins to gain momentum among consumers, some major credit card companies are developing mobile apps that will boost the security features of NFC-enabled smart phones. Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover are all investing in NFC-powered mobile transaction, believing that the mobile commerce will become a favored payment medium in the future. Mobile commerce has been plagued with concerns over security, however, leaving many questioning whether the industry will ever become established. The security issues inherent in mobile commerce are quite glaring. Given that financial information must…

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Mobile technology may not be as safe and innocent as once thought

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As mobile technology continues to evolve, it is constantly pushing the boundaries of security. Augmented reality has already been shown to present a very real threat to a person’s privacy, but smart phones harbor many tools that can be used against their owners. One tool, in particular, is seemingly harmless and is most often associated with the emergence of mobile commerce. NFC technology, though still in its infancy, has the potential to completely nullify any security methods used to protect a person’s identity or a company’s sensitive business information. Near…

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Ensuring security in a future of mobile commerce

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As the number of mobile phones such as smartphones, tablets, and other always-on communication devices become more affordable and more common, the mobile commerce environment is equally on the rise, with all of the security risks that are attached to it. After years of popularity of the internet through standard desktop and laptop PCs, businesses are finally understanding that the walls of their physical brick-and-mortar location no longer define their boundaries. Instead, organizations are extending outward in order to achieve greater agility and flexibility so that they can obtain a…

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Mobile device data capacity leads to tremendous security risks

Mobile Security

According to experts, the data capacity and portability of mobile devices are bringing about a series of significant security issues. Assistant vice president of Aon Risk Solutions, Sarah Stephens, a San-Francisco-based unit of Aon Corp., pointed out that people set the devices down and leave them unattended. That said, the greater the storage capacity of the devices, the more sensitive information is frequently stored within them, and the greater the risk if the device be misplaced or stolen. This was explained by Stephens at the first Cyber & Privacy Risk…

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QR codes leaking personal information in China

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Since the emergence of QR codes into the international limelight, there have been issues regarding security. It is becoming more apparent that the codes can be used to exploit the curiosity of those who may not be familiar with them. The scanning of codes linked to malicious content, such as viruses, can put a mobile user’s private information at risk. However, the codes posing risks to privacy are not always so clear to identify. China has recently enjoyed the successful launch of their new bullet trains. The trains are fast…

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