Tagged: mobile apps

Network World Declares PRIVATE WiFi One of 20 ‘Essential’ iPhone, iPad Apps

Some exciting news around our offices today that we wanted to share with long-time fans and readers — Network World today hailed PRIVATE WiFi as one of 20 essential business apps for the iPhone and iPad! It’s an honor to be included with this esteemed list of companies providing exemplary — and essential — products that make mobile devices even more powerful for business users.

Is That Health App on Your Smartphone Compromising Your Privacy?

Do you use a mobile app to track a health-related issue like diet, exercise, or illness? You’re typically handing over very private information that most of us would not want anyone else to know about — but is that information really private?

Check out the results of a sobering study from the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse and find out the truth for yourself!

Mobile Users Beware: Reports Find Adware and Most Top Mobile Apps Pose Serious Security Risks

Mobile users can’t live without apps.  But the bad news is 83% of the most popular mobile apps pose some sort of security risk, according to a new report by Appthority.  One big risk:  Apps sending users’ private information to third party services such as ad network companies. Find out what you can do to protect yourself from apps and adware that threaten your online privacy.

More Consumers Turn to Mobile to Research, Book Travel

Ever have a day where you hop off your laptop and straight onto the iPad? With your iPhone safely by your side, of course? Then you’re not alone, according to new mobile trend insights from location-based mobile ad platform JiWire.

The primary take-away from JiWire’s recent study about mobile trends is how multi-device usage is quickly becoming the norm in consumer behavior. Click to read more and determine whether any of these statistics mirror your mobile behavior.

Mobile Threats to Your Online Security Are Skyrocketing

Cybercriminals are increasingly setting their sights on smartphones and other mobile devices, according to two new reports from the Anti-Phishing Working Group and Juniper Networks Mobile Threat Center. What’s driving their interest is a huge opportunity – more than two billion mobile devices that will be processing $1.3trillion in payments by 2015. Find out how to protect your online security when malware goes mobile.

California’s Mobile App Guidelines Highlight Consumer Privacy Protection

There are more than one million apps available on primary mobile platforms; and more than 1,600 apps released every day.

Yet the vast majority don’t include the most basic privacy protection. That’s why California recently became the first state to issue privacy protection recommendations for mobile app developers. Find out what they can and cannot do to protect your online privacy.

Connecting to WiFi with a Little Help from Your Facebook Friends and a Lot of Access for Your Enemies

If you’re one of the millions of Wifi users constantly looking for new ways to connect, a new free app called Instabridge might sound like just the ticket. The company promises to build the world’s largest Wifi network by letting users connect to their friends’ Wifi via Facebook.

But what would that mean for your wireless security and your privacy? We don’t think you’ll like the answer.

 

Finding New Friends Nearby with Facebook: The Social Media Privacy Report

Last weekend, Facebook discreetly launched a new mobile feature: Friendshake, a.k.a. Find Friends Nearby.  Initially available via the mobile website and then offered — while still subtly hidden — in the app version of Facebook, the feature was designed to allow users to find potential new friends located in local proximity.  And just as quickly and quietly as the feature appeared, it was pulled from the Facebook experience.

Professor Uses Online, Offline Data to Connect the Dots Of Your Digital Life

Even before its $1 billion acquisition of Instagram, Facebook was home to more than 60 billion photos and was adding about 250 million more each day.

But what if those photos — even your photos — could lead people to identity you offline?

Last year, a Carnegie Mellon University researcher conducted an experiment by “connecting the dots” in people’s digital lives via off-the-shelf facial-recognition software. The researcher, Alessandro Acquisiti, was able to match subjects whose photos were posted on a dating site to their profile photos on Facebook.

Consumer Reports: Most People Worried About Online Privacy, Personal Data, Employer Bias, Privacy Policies

Like most of us concerned with online privacy, a new Consumer Reports survey echoes the sentiments of the day.

A whopping 71% of consumers have serious concerns about their online privacy and about the collection and use of their personal data. Among smartphone users, the big worry — among 65% of consumers — is that apps could access their contacts, photos, and location data without their permission. And 53% are concerned that data from their online activities and purchases could be used to deny employment or loans.

These findings came from a recent telephone survey among 1,017 random adults that described several common privacy concerns.

Facebook, Dropbox, LinkedIn: Flaw in Some Mobile Apps Exposes Users to Identity Theft

There is a newly discovered security flaw exposing iOS and possibly Android smartphone users to identity theft, specifically when using the mobile apps for Facebook, Dropbox, and LinkedIn.

The problem is that the apps’ security settings save users’ authentication keys in unencrypted plain text files (called plists) and that could easily be stolen by copying the plist from one iOS or Android device and pasting it into the same directory on another device.

Facebook has issued a statement, effectively blaming the security gaffe on jailbroken devices: