LATEST MOBILE NEWS & UPDATES | SUMMARY
Nowadays, more than five billion people have a mobile phone connection today. There are more mobile subscriptions than there are human beings on the planet Earth. Today’s 4G connectivity will give way to higher-bandwidth 5G access in the near future, ushering in another mobile technology boom that will further revolutionize the way we work and live (by Mobilebusinessinsights.com).
Today we will have an overview of the mobile technologies news, that are directly related to SECURITY & SAFETY: safety of your data, business and even live. The current article is the summary of the major mobile news and latest updates (sources of the news are provided within the article), created by one of top mobile app development companies in Malaysia – Blueninja.io.
Better data security?
According to Google & New Atlas, two-factor authentication (2FA) has long been an effective protection against account hacking – meaning would-be intruders need something else besides a username and password, usually a SMS code from a mobile phone, to gain access – and today Google is taking 2FA one step further with its own mobile security keys.
If you’ve set up 2FA on your social networking accounts, or your Google or Apple IDs, you might be familiar with the process of entering a code sent over SMS or generated via an authenticator mobile app. Security keys replace that extra code with something physical that needs to be connected to the computer during the login process.
There’s always the chance of losing your key, of course, in which case you would need to nominate a backup method for getting into your account again (like a message to a separate email account). In theory though, the technique is more secure than a text or mobile app code, because those codes can be more easily intercepted.
What’s more, security keys such as the new ones unveiled by Google can work without a network and without battery power, which is useful for people on-the-go.
Google’s new product in the world of mobile technologies is called the Titan Security Key. Matching up with existing 2FA standards, it comes as either a USB stick for laptops and desktops, or as a Bluetooth dongle for connecting up to mobile devices.
“We’ve long advocated the use of security keys as the strongest, most phishing-resistant authentication factor for high-value users, especially cloud admins, to protect against the potentially damaging consequences of credential theft,” says Google’s Jennifer Lin in a blog post.
Security keys as part of 2FA aren’t new, and you can already log into sites like Gmail and Facebook with keys from the likes of Yubico. That Google is now making its own products emphasizes just how secure the company thinks they can be, when used correctly.
Earlier this week, Google revealed its employees have been required to use security keys since early 2017, reducing the number of successfully phishing attacks down to zero in the meantime. Even if hackers get hold of usernames and passwords, they can’t gain access to any accounts without the physical key.
Google is providing them for cloud business customers first, but says they will go on sale to everyone via the Google Store in the near future. Prices will be in the region of US$20-25 for a single key, or $50 for both the USB and Bluetooth models, CNET reports.
It’s definitely worth the few minutes these keys take to set up to keep your accounts better protected, whether you buy from Google or invest in a third-party alternative. However, the account itself also needs to support security key access: The likes of Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Dropbox already do.
Technologies can save lives
App developer magazine, the urgent challenge for security personnel to noninvasively scan people in real time and in public to detect and “see” if they are carrying weapons or explosives without physically searching them could soon be solved with the launch of SWORD by Royal Holdings Technologies Corporation (Royal Holdings).
SWORD attaches to a Google Pixel 2 XL smartphone and Apple’s iPhone 8 Plus mobile app. It is accessed and controlled via a fully customizable and dedicated mobile app (Android / IPhone). From a distance of up to 40 feet, security agents or law enforcement personnel can scan individuals in a crowd or an approaching person of interest simply by pointing their smartphone at them with the SWORD device attached. They will be able to non-invasively determine if someone is carrying a weapon or explosive – all without the need for a physical search – and rapidly identify a person of interest. SWORD can be used to scan backpacks and handbags that are being carried or have been left unattended. It can also detect listening devices used for espionage and intelligence gathering.
A featureless outline of the person being scanned is displayed, alerting agents to location and type of concealed weapons or explosives. Royal Holdings employs artificial intelligence (AI) to crosscheck and verify weapons and explosives with its cloud-based database. In addition, built-in facial recognition operating in real-time compares suspects to watch lists for positive identification. SWORD operates globally and features real time location sharing and generates real time alerts in the event of a mass shooting, terror threat, or terror attack.
Health and Technology are now interlinked
Healthcare is an area that has embraced mobile (application) technology, and while it’s still in the infancy of adoption of this technology, it is already making profound improvements for many.
As reported by Duethealth, a full 31 percent of cell phone owners report having used their mobile device to access healthcare information, up from 17 percent two years ago. This growth is led by a diverse group of users: African Americans, Hispanics, people aged 18-49, and college graduates are the groups most likely to have used their phone to look up healthcare information.
This presents an unprecedented opportunity for healthcare providers. By utilizing mobile technology platforms such as Duet Health, providers can increase the quality of healthcare in many ways.
Mobile technology improves healthcare by solving common problems. 80 percent of what doctors tell patients is forgotten by the time they reach the parking lot and half of what they remember is incorrect. Platforms like DuetHealth allow healthcare professionals to communicate with patients through features like care-focused timelines, surveys, and journals.
Now is the time for 21st century healthcare providers to adopt mobile health technologies. One-half of U.S. adults now own a smartphone. This percentage has nearly doubled in just two years, and the growth is driven by a diverse group of users. By offering mobile content, healthcare providers can reduce costs and attract new customers. Forward-thinking healthcare system would be well served to invest in the mobile app space, enabling them to meet the 21st century patient where he or she wants to be met: online, anywhere, at any time.
Mobile technology, in the variety of forms, including mobile apps, software, phones, tablets, and notebooks, is making our lives better than ever before. It happens in many ways, not the least of which is making communications routine. We can be in touch with those we need to reach immediately, whether work-related or personal in nature. Smartphones, laptops, tablets, and PDAs have given businessmen unprecedented access to their employees, customers, and vendors.
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