Holiday trends reveal mobile commerce security issues in top retail apps

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Some of the most popular applications used by shoppers in November and December had red flags. The 2020 holiday shopping season unsurprisingly broke prior m-commerce records, but many of the retail apps most commonly used displayed mobile commerce security red flags. Many of the top Android retail applications showed some serious security concerns in a recent analysis. According to a recent HelpNetSecurity on a September 2020 analysis, the majority of the leading 50 Android retail apps had failed to apply adequate core hardening and runtime application self-protection (RASP) techniques. Those…

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Personal cyber insurance expected to take off in 2021

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A recent Accenture survey found that people are no longer feeling secure in their devices. As identity theft, hacking and other digital threats have placed personal cyber insurance into the tech spotlight this year. Before 2020, it was common for people to keep phones unlocked and trust their apps. Events throughout last year – including everything from the regular use of video calls by children to a massive hack into government agencies revealed in December – placed a substantial spotlight on the lack of true security we all face in…

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Grindr app security gap opens accounts to easy hacking

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Anyone with the account’s email address could reset the user’s password and take over a profile. A hack into Grindr app security made it possible for anyone with the email address associated with a valid account to simply reset the password and gain full control over the profile. The vulnerability was revealed online by security experts who reported it to the application. The Grindr app security problem was reported to the owners of the application. The vulnerability made it possible to gain full access to an individual’s account in the…

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Microsoft Defender may provide your iPhone with added security

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The tech rivals will be working together as rather unlikely partners in keeping user data secure. Microsoft Defender may seem like the last option you’d expect to be headed to iPhone security, but it looks as though that’s exactly what’s happening. The annual RSA security conference in San Francisco revealed initial details about the security move. The Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) client for Macs began in 2019. The RSA security conference began on February 24 and was the venue for the announcement that the security features would be…

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Pre-installed malware discovered on US government-funded phones

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The UMX U686CL is a low-cost mobile phone with unwanted and un-removable surprises. One of the low-cost smartphones available through the U.S. government’s “Lifeline Assistance” service comes with pre-installed malware built right in. The phones are provided to users of the FCC-operated program when they can’t otherwise afford them. The Lifeline Assistance program helps low-income households offering, among other things, smartphones at a lower cost for individuals who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford these devices at full price. The program is meant to be helpful for these families, providing…

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