Biometrics use could explode by 2025 due to m-commerce

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The tech may not be perfect, but it is solid and provides considerably greater user convenience. Biometrics use is expected to skyrocket in popularity over the next handful of years as a result of the widespread adoption of mobile commerce. According to data in a recent Juniper Research report the mobile security tech could peak as soon as 2025. The use of fingerprints and facial recognition for identity verification rose by 650 percent in 2020. As the pandemic sent millions of people worldwide to do their jobs remotely, the use…

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Android anti-tracking feature may follow in Apple’s footsteps

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Google could be tinkering with the option, which many assume won’t be as strict as the iOS version. As Apple’s upcoming App Tracking Transparency leaves developers scrambling and Facebook seething, Google is believed to be tinkering with its own Android anti-tracking feature. The concept is likely to be a similar one, though notably less restrictive, if past trends are indicators. An Android anti-tracking feature would come in some form of an opt-in requirement. Apple’s upcoming version will require developers to request permission to track iOS users across the websites they…

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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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Consumers should beware of utility scam QR codes, says Nevada AG

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State Attorney General Aaron Ford has warned that this type of fraud is more of a threat. Nevada’s Attorney General has issued a warning to the state’s residents to be wary of scam QR codes that appear to be from utility providers launching new types of technology. These barcodes have become commonplace amid the pandemic, and fraudsters are taking note. AG Aaron Ford’s office released a statement cautioning consumers in the state that scam QR codes have become “increasingly sophisticated”. They are becoming more difficult for the average person to…

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