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In the economy of mobile apps, you are less a consumer of software than consumed by it. That's according to security firm Zscaler that has analysed the surprisingly intrusive permissions demanded by many popular Google App store apps before they will allow a download to start.
Hong Kong is one of the safest environments in APAC for online shopping, with fewer than 5% of buyers having fallen victim to fraud, an international survey indicates.
PayPal caused a storm on Tuesday after freezing, albeit temporarily, the crowd-funding account of anti-government snooping email startup, ProtonMail — but PayPal says it was just a technical problem.
A PayPal error made it possible to bypass two-factor authentication on a user account, demonstrating what can go wrong in deploying a tricky security mechanism.
PayPal was one of the first large online services providers to offer two-factor authentication to its users, but until recently the company's implementation had a loophole that could have allowed attackers to bypass this additional protection.
Anyone who's paid attention to computer security over the past few years will probably tell you that your password isn't enough. Passwords are often awkward and hard to remember--leading people to use the same password for multiple sites--and if someone gets a hold of your login credentials, they can wreak havoc with your personal information. Not good.
As more and more smartphone and tablet users shop via their mobile devices, being able to accept mobile payments is becoming a more important element of ecommerce. But does it make sense for your business? Mobile payment service providers Square, PayAnywhere, PayPal and Bank of America discuss fees, security and which types of business would benefit the most.
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I’m dating myself, but I remember when holiday shopping involved pouring through ads in the Sunday paper, placing actual phone calls from tethered land lines to research product stock and availability, and actually driving places to pick things up. Now, holiday shoppers can do all of that from a smartphone or tablet in a few seconds, but there are some security pitfalls to be aware of.