Mobile security battle launched by tech giants against Big Brother

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The technology industry is enraged about the surveillance from the NSA that was recently revealed. The New York Times has recently reported that the giants of the tech environment, such as Google, are now spending millions to enhance their online and mobile security internal data encryption in order to help to keep the National Security Agency (NSA) from being able to hack “their systems without their knowledge or cooperation”. This is only one of many reports since June, regarding the spying that the NSA has been doing. The American government…

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Cryptomathic creates mobile wallet application that uses cloud computing as a security measure

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In the world of mobile commerce, security is a serious issue. Many companies have begun investing and creating mobile applications that make mobile commerce possible. None, however, have been able to make an application that is adequately secure from hacking. Even acclaimed technology company Google has failed to provide a resilient service. Cryptomathic, an electronic security firm, now claims that is has created the first secure mobile wallet platform. The company recently released the application to consumers worldwide. The application, called Cloud Wallet, uses cloud computing as a way to…

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Researchers create technology that can turn a credit card on and off

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With news of Google Wallet not being as safe as it should have been, many consumers are expressing concern over adopting mobile commerce. While telecommunications and technology companies are quick to assure consumers that mobile payment applications will be safe in the future, financial institutions are taking these concerns quite seriously. Many credit companies are working to move away from traditional magnetic strips for their payment cards. In an attempt to modernize commerce, these institutions are beginning to adopt NFC technology. They are also looking to researchers from the Pittsburgh…

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Google to suspend prepaid cards for Wallet platform in light of security issues

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Following news from Zvelo, a security firm, regarding a serious security issues with Google Wallet, Google’s mobile payment platform, Google has announced that it will be suspending the creation of new prepaid cards. The cards are linked to Google Wallet accounts and can be used to purchase goods from locations that are not capable of processing mobile transactions. Google is planning to address the issue and will resume issuing prepaid cards once the security problem has been resolved. The discovery of the flaw, however, may set Google’s plans for domination…

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Worries over privacy and security in mobile

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Throughout this year, there will be a great deal of movement toward enforcement in the privacy and security areas of mobile, as many concerns have already been identified regarding the use of mobile apps, discount coupons, and payments. Mobile commerce is seeing an explosive growth, which does indicate that people are starting to become more comfortable with the concept of using their mobile devices to make payments for purchases. That said, there is still a certain degree of worry in the mobile sphere regarding the security of using smartphones for…

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Safety techniques for the use of QR codes

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Until a QR code is scanned, there is no way to know for certain where it will redirect a smartphone or tablet user, meaning that there is some risk that unethical individuals will use the barcodes to add a malicious code to the user’s mobile device. Fortunately, there are some ways for concerned mobile device users to protect themselves against website links with malevolent codes and infected app downloads. iPhone users don’t need to worry as heavily, as apps for Apple devices are carefully screened to make sure that their…

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Trends in banking technology that will be important to the mobile environment this year

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As budgets for IT begin their rebound, Bank Systems and Technology (BS&T) has created a list of the trends that they expect will shape the way the bank technology industry will look over the next year and beyond. Over the last few years, the budgets for bank IT have remained essentially flat. As the financial and economic crisis took hold, the industry saw an overall tightening of belts. However, 2011, brought the first signs of an ease to that strain on bank IT executives, as they began to see some…

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Better Business Bureau levies tips for consumers to protect themselves against malicious QR codes

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The Better Business Bureau of Kansas has taken notice of QR codes and how they can benefit companies in the state. The organization, which forms and upholds standards of business in and out of the state, says that QR codes, if used properly, can have a major impact on how companies market products to consumers. While QR codes are becoming more popular, consumers are still somewhat unfamiliar with the black and white barcodes. In an attempt to help consumers gain some comfort with using the codes, the organization has released…

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Next year will open up a world of mobile security issues

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Mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones have become the primary form of technology among Americans, and it will become even more important in the years to come. It has been forecasted by analysts in the industry that by the year 2015, there will be over 1 billion mobile device shipments, well beyond what PC shipments can ever hope to achieve. While this does offer a great deal of potential for individuals to benefit, it doesn’t come without a significant level of risk. Naturally, the increased availability and use of…

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Electronic pickpocketing may be a major risk for NFC-enabled mobile devices

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As more major financial and technology companies investing in near-field communication (NFC), mobile commerce may soon become a major part of the worldwide society. With commerce evolving, new dangers are being discovered that put people’s money at risk. NFC technology, essentially, transforms any smart phone into a mobile payment device by enabling that mobile device to store its owner’s financial information. Smart phones are popular targets for theft, but today’s criminals are adapting to a new world where technology has become a significant force. Pickpocketing has existed since time immemorial…

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