Research finds Android mobile shopping apps lack security

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Android users beware – US mobile commerce apps aren’t as safe as you think Recent security testing conducted by mobile security companies Appknox and SEWORKS reveals an estimated 40 of the top 50 Android mobile shopping apps in the United States have high-level vulnerabilities. The apps were tested across 34 different security testing categories. Almost all apps are vulnerable to hackers. The “Security Status in m-Commerce” report from Appknox and SEWORKS found that over 84% of the shopping apps tested had a minimum of three high-level security vulnerabilities. What’s more,…

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If you haven’t changed your Twitter password in the last few days, now’s the time

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This may also be seen as an opportunity to review higher security such as two-factor authentication. A new Twitter password is the latest recommendation for every one of the social network’s users. In fact, Twitter itself has made this recommendation. Following a bug in their system, all users are urged to create a completely new password. That said, Twitter and online security experts also see this as an opportunity for people to use upgraded security. Twitter recently released an important security announcement. Ironically enough, it occurred on National Password Day.…

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MyFitnessPal mobile app security breach affects 150 million accounts

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The hack has exposed the email addresses and passwords of its users who have now been advised. The popular MyFitnessPal application from Under Armour has experienced a massive mobile app security breach. The hack extended to both mobile users and those using the official website. The cybersecurity breach occurred in February and revealed usernames, email addresses and passwords. An estimated 150 million users were affected by the mobile app security failure, said Under Armour. Users who may have been impacted by the breach are in the midst of being advised.…

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iPhone QR code reader issue sends users to malicious sites

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An iOS camera app bug could direct users to malicious websites without their knowledge. A vulnerability in the iPhone QR code reader could potentially place users at a security risk. The camera app has a bug that could potentially send smartphone users to harmful sites. The recently discovered flaw is located in the camera app’s automatic QR code reading function. The flaw could make the iPhone QR code scanner display a link but send users somewhere else entirely. If users click the link displayed, they may or may not be…

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Microsoft protects Office mobile apps with BlackBerry security

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The software giant has partnered with the former handset manufacturer to make its suite safer. Microsoft has entered into a new partnership to add BlackBerry security to its Office apps. The goal is to improve the security level of its popular suite of mobile apps. It will be adding the applications to the BlackBerry Dynamics container software. The new partnership between Microsoft and BlackBerry was first announced last week. Microsoft will be adding BlackBerry security to ensure that customers know they can safely use their apps. Among the Microsoft Office…

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TVS Motors uses QR code stamps to combat counterfeit parts

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The company is making an effort to try to make it easy to spot fake spare parts that look like its own. As a part of a broad strategy to combat fake spare parts, TVS Motors is using QR code stamps on its own products. Fakes have become increasingly commonplace within its market, to the point that is beginning to cut into their sales. The quick response codes are meant to help to identify legitimate parts and authenticate them easily. Some of the TVS Motors products such as the Cam…

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Haven app adds Edward Snowden’s mobile security to Android devices

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A newly released mobile application is designed to turn smartphones into inconspicuous security systems. The Freedom of the Press Foundation, The Guardian Project and Edward Snowden’s recent collaboration has brought the new Haven app to Android smartphones. The application was created to make the devices work like security systems while remaining unobtrusive. At the moment, the new Haven mobile security app is available to the public in its beta form. The Haven app was designed to use the sensor’s built into the phone to detect sudden environmental changes around the…

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Black Friday sees lower online retail card fraud figures

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E-commerce and mobile security held strong to protect online retailers and consumers this year. Both consumers and retailers were breathing more easily on Black Friday as online retail card fraud instances decreased this year over previous years. This represents the first time in several years that there was a drop, not an increase in e- and m-commerce card fraud. The fraudulent online retail card figures didn’t just fall slightly. Instead, it plummeted to 42 percent over the holiday weekend and most important shopping weekend of the year (November 24 through…

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IoT security is lower than it should be as fewer than half protect themselves, study

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While a growing number of people are adopting this type of technology, they are leaving themselves vulnerable. A recent Trustlook study has revealed that adequate IoT security is greatly lacking among the first wave of consumers to have adopted the tech. Early adopters are therefore leaving themselves vulnerable to breaches to their privacy, identity and information. The study was conducted by way of a survey that was held among consumers in September 2017. The Trustlook survey findings suggested that 54 percent of consumers with Internet of Things devices had not…

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Facial ID proves unpopular among consumers as a mobile payment security verification

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A new Juniper Research study revealed that over 40 percent of iOS users don’t want to use this security tech. More than one in three iOS device users in the United States do not intend to use facial ID technology as a part of their mobile payment security. This, according to Juniper Research survey findings. The findings suggest that Apple’s own customers may not feel comfortable with the new facial recognition tech. Facial ID tech is among the latest Apple releases. However, its own customers seem to find voice recognition…

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Mobile commerce popularity pushes fraudulent payment transactions to record highs

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New data released in Europe shows card fraud was way up in 2016, as the U.K. suffers the most. A newly released report is pointing to mobile commerce popularity to help explain why card fraud transactions are skyrocketing in Europe. The United Kingdom is facing the largest losses among all the countries in the European Union, having recorded a £618 million (€713 million) loss last year. The European Union’s total losses were an estimated €1.8 billion in 2016, including the U.K.’s figure. The report on these figures blames mobile commerce…

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