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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WiST unveils new sensor technology that could bring more security to mobile commerce and other industries

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As mobile commerce continues to grow in popularity, more technology companies are working to create new security measures for the industry. WiST, a wireless technology firm, has unveiled its latest sensory tracking devices that use NFC technology. The company claims that these new devices could improve the security of a variety of different ventures, including health care services, asset management, and banking. The company says that it could also help stop rhino poaching. WiST sensors are, essentially, NFC tags. As with NFC tags, the WiST sensors can take a variety…

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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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Oracle unveils its multi-channel solution called FLEXCUBE for financial services industry

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Oracle Financial Services has announced the introduction of its FLEXCUBE multi-channel banking solutions which will help financial services organizations to provide their customers with increased personalization to their services through mobile and direct channels. The product is called the Oracle FLEXCUBE Multi-Channel Solution, and it provides new versions of previous product for direct and private banking. This will give banks the ability to offer products and services such as those based on complete portfolio views, over a multitude of different direct channels, including mobile. Through the use of this solution,…

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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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Worries over privacy and security in mobile

Mobile Commerce

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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AVG releases report to shed light on the mobile security threat environment worldwide

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Leading internet and mobile security provider, AVG Technologies, has unveiled its “AVG Community Powered Threat Report – Q4 2011” which helped to provide a better understanding of the worldwide mobile security threat environment through background information, trend analysis, and insight. Among the most notable elements within the quarterly report is the information that it shared regarding QR code risks, rootkit persistence, and the theft of digital certificates through the bypassing of mobile phone security. Though cybercrime was once simply a matter of vandalizing sites and other elements of the web,…

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YouGove survey shows public wifi-using mobile shoppers at security risk

Mobile Commerce

Mobile commerce is continuing its rapid growth rate, and a notable part of that increase is due to access to public wifi. However, the results of a recent study from YouGov and UK2 has shown that more than half of the users of public wifi in the United Kingdom are placing their personal information at risk by using their mobile devices over these unsecured networks. The survey showed that 56 percent of adults in the United Kingdom who have ever used public wifi rarely check on whether or not that…

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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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