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

NFC Security

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

nfc technology Mobile Security

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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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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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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Safety techniques for the use of QR codes

QR Code

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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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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NFC-driven mobile commerce may be the future, but may also be unsafe

Mobile Security threats

Mobility seems to be the future of commerce. For several years now, electronic commerce has been growing into a formidable force in the world of business. With companies like Amazon and eBay catering almost exclusively to digital consumers, the viability of electronic commerce has become an unavoidable part of the business world. The world of commerce is currently in a state of flux thanks to the rapid advance of mobile technology. With more consumers encapsulating their lives in their smart phones, the prospect of NFC-powered payments via a mobile device…

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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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