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Location trackers generate serious data

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It seems that mobile phone networks and wireless hotspot operators in the UK are harvesting data from their customers and passing it on to third parties without their knowledge or consent. With many consumers unwittingly opting into service user agreements which allow for permanent location tracking, the highly sensitive data… Read more »

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Android and Samsung Pay to hit the UK

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Several financial institutions have shown an interest in the plans by Google for Android Pay to become available in the UK in the coming months. Nationwide Building Society, Lloyds Bank and HSBC have all welcomed plans for the introduction of the facility which allows an Android device running 4.4 or… Read more »

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Mobile phones continue to be hit by ransomware

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A recent discussion on BBC Radio 4’s PM programme featured individuals who have had either their phones or computers locked, coupled with a demand for money to release the device from its disabled state. This is called ransomware – the clue is in the name. The amounts demanded as ransom… Read more »

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Which mobile devices are safer?

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Amongst the many questions we ask ourselves each time our much-loved phone upgrade rolls around is: which device is safer? Nowadays, mobile phones are no more safe than computers, and their systems’ security continues to be compromised by a rising number of malware and hack attacks. Industry commentators have been… Read more »

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Apple, FBI and Congress

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It may ultimately fall to Congress to resolve the long running dispute between the FBI and the company Apple who are fighting over whether Apple’s encryption should remain inviolate. Apple is refusing the FBI access to its encryption software arguing that the implications for cybersecurity at large are immense. The… Read more »

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Voice recognition apps may be used for advertising

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A recent thread on the community website Reddit seems to indicate that mobile phones may be getting used for some rather dubious advertising methods. Smartphone users have been reporting that their phones seem to be listening in on their personal conversations and then serving up advertising or newsfeeds which relate… Read more »

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TalkTalk share price falls, but CEO maintains it will rally

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Shares for the troubled communications firm TalkTalk have fallen by 20% following recent news that their systems had been hacked and customer data stolen. TalkTalk’s Chief Executive Dido Harding has issued a robust statement maintaining that the company and its share values will recover in the longer term, and already… Read more »

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Talk Talk latest victim of “significant” hack attack

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Personal and banking details belonging to up to four million customers are believed to have been stolen from phone and broadband provider Talk Talk in what is being called a “significant” hack attack. Customers are being advised to change their account password as soon as the company’s website is back… Read more »

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Experian data breach affects 15 million T-Mobile customers

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Credit checking company Experian has revealed that its North American operation has been the target of a data attack. This attack centers around people who have applied for finance from the mobile phone operator, T-Mobile; names, addresses, dates of birth and driver license numbers belonging to fifteen million people are… Read more »

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