Incognia to boost mobile security by spotting QR code fraud

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The company uses geo-location data to help ensure users remain secure when scanning the barcodes. Mobile security experts have their eyes on QR code fraud at the moment, since the barcodes have exploded in popularity due to their affordability, ease of implementation and ease of use for several purposes. Quick response codes are used for everything from digital restaurant menus to mobile payments. It is in the area of contactless mobile payments that experts are particularly concerned about the potential for QR code fraud. These have surged in use this…

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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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Skyrocketing use has led many people to overlook QR code security risks

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A recent study has shown that quick response codes are rising in use, but awareness is not. Consumers are increasingly scanning quick response barcodes, said a new MobileIron study, but they are not considering QR code security risks to the extent that they likely should. 64 percent of survey respondents said that they felt the barcodes made contact-free tasks easier. In a pandemic-struck world requiring more options for conducting tasks in a touch-free way, quick response barcodes offer a simple scanning solution to get the job done. However, these are…

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Apple privacy feature enforcement will be delayed until 2021

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iOS 14 will still have a live version, but enforcement will not begin until early next year. A controversial new Apple privacy feature to launch with iOS14 will require developers to obtain user’s express permission to gather their data and track them across sites and websites accessed on their iPhones and iPads. The tech giant has chosen to delay enforcement of this rule in the face of considerable criticism. Last Thursday, the company announced in a developer update that it would be delaying the enforcement of the new Apple privacy…

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Researchers easily dupe biometric scanners with fake fingerprints

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The tech experts used 3D printed molds to replicate real fingerprint and trick user authentication tech. Cisco Talos researchers have said they were able to easily trick biometric scanners, gaining access to eight mobile devices. The process involved using a painstaking replication effort but then quickly accessed the phones. The researchers used a meticulous process for replicating user fingerprints using 3D-printed molds. In this way, they were able to break through the biometric scanners very easily. Of course, this wouldn’t be possible for the average cybercriminal. It would need someone…

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