Norton Labs launches new QR code scanner that can protect from malicious content

QR Code Scanner

QR codes have not only become popular amongst businesses, they have also become a very useful tool for hackers. The codes have piqued the interest of smart phone users in the U.S. for the last four years, becoming more popular with each successive year. Hackers have seen this rise in popularity as a great opportunity to get their hands on people’s sensitive information. Recently, QR codes linked to malicious content, such as malware, have been becoming more common. Acclaimed security company Norton has released a new QR code scanning application…

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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 Wallet security compromised with the use of simple brute force programs

Google Wallet

Google’s ambitious endeavor to become a major force in the emerging industry of mobile commerce has been going well. The company’s Google Wallet mobile payment application has been well received amongst consumers with NFC-enabled smart phones. There may be a problem, however, with the security of Google’s system. The acclaimed technology company has been adamant in their claims that NFC transactions with Google Wallet are entirely safe, as the application boasts of a number of high-end security features. It seems that Google did not account for hackers using brute force…

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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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Malicious QR codes growing – Consumers may need to take steps to protect themselves

QR Code Security

As QR codes continue to grow more popular with consumers, they are also growing more popular with hackers. The codes have become a very lucrative malicious tool for hackers looking to exploit their popularity. More codes are beginning to appear containing malicious content that can put a smart phone user’s important information at risk. The content embedded in QR codes is impossible to tell until after the codes are scanned. There are, however, some measures smart phone users can take to protect themselves. QR codes can only be scanned using…

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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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Verizon Wireless makes important changes to its mobile privacy policy

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Verizon Wireless has announced some changes that will be made to its privacy policy of which its customers should be aware. It will require customers to have to actively opt-out unless they wish to send information to Verizon about the features and apps that they use, the websites that they visit using their mobile devices, and where they have physically travelled while using devices on the Verizon network. The Verizon website is now featuring a notice where it has identified two new ways that it will be using the data…

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Cloud based fraud detection flying high for mobile users safety

Cloud Based Fraud Company

An emerging provider of fraud prevention solutions in cloud based services did a joint study to see how customers felt about sharing their mobile location with a company. Over half of the consumers interviewed stated they were willing to share the information, if it meant being better protected from online fraud activities. The majority preferred sharing their info with banks, and reputable third party security monitors came in second. ThreatMetrix is a growing business that provides cloud based fraud prevention platforms to help online companies to verify new accounts, authorize…

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