Windows 10’s strong security will attractive to mobile devices

As enterprises move to Windows 10, and take full advantage of the advanced security features offered in the operating system and in Microsoft Edge, cyber criminals will increasingly look towards the mobile ecosystem for exploits.  Reports Beta news

iPhone smartphone mobile appsThis is according to Fujitsu’s latest report, which believes 2017 will see an even bigger increase in attacks against the mobile world.

“Individuals now have multiple smart devices, many of which hold vast amounts of personal and business data due to modern storage capabilities and, as such, attackers will continue to develop innovative attacks against mobile platforms with mobile ransomware demanding payment for the return or decryption of personal photos,” the report says. “Mobile device management will need to be supplemented by robust security controls, particularly for business devices.”

Besides the mobile world, cyber criminals will also look towards core banking applications for advances and financial gain. Core banking applications became a target last year, Fujitsu says, and after successful attacks on the SWIFT global payment network and a Bangladeshi bank which resulted in a theft of $81 million, attacking them is about to turn into a trend this year.

SWIFT has implemented 16 mandatory controls since the incident, and will reportedly inspect banks for conformance next year, but it still leaves a lot of room for cyber criminals.

“Researchers identified the Odinaff Trojan targeting SWIFT late in 2016 and we expect to see new variants and methods of attack this year,” the report concludes.

India Government launches ‘M-Kavach’ anti-virus & anti-theft

Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CertIn) would collect data of the affected computers and mobiles and share it with ISPs and banks.

mkavachThe Ministry of Information and Technology announced on Tuesday an anti-malware and anti-virus solutions in the country for computers and mobile phones. The botnet cleaning and anti-malware analysis centre project will cost Rs 90 crore in the next 5 years, told Sanjay Bahl, Director General, CertIn.

Announcing the Botnet and malware analysis centres, Indian IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “I would like ISPs (Internet Service Provider) to encourage their consumers to come on board, there is a free service available. Come and use it in the event some malware has sneaked in to the system.” He also added “Safety and security is integral. As the Prime Minister said cyber threat is akin to bloodless war. I don’t have slightest doubt cyber security is not only going to be big area of Digital Swachh Bharat but also going to be big area of digital growth, digital employment and digital commerce.”

Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CertIn) would collect  data of the affected computers and mobiles and share it with ISPs and banks. These ISPs and the bank will then identify the user and the centre will provide a link with which he can take advantage of this service launched as part of Cyber Swachhta Kendra.

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2017 Top mobile app development trends to watch out for

The booming rise in smartphone numbers all over the world has also led to a surge in the number of apps that people use on them. Google Play houses 2.2 million while the Apple App Store has a mammoth 2 million apps – and this number will not slowdown any time soon.

• A comScore report says that mobile users surpassed desktop users way back in 2014

• Gartner predicts that more than 268 billion downloads will generate $77 billion worth of revenue in 2017

Cloud-based apps and services have gathered increased importance over 2016 and here are some of the key mobile app development trends to look out for in 2017.

1 # Location-Based Services (LBS) to continue its rise

2 # Integration of Augmented Reality (AR) into utility apps

3 # Android Instant Apps to become a common trend

4 # Embedded AI within apps to become a norm

5 # IoT app integrations to continue unchallenged

6 # Application security to be more important than ever before

(Read full article authored by Jayavardhan BN, CEO & Co-founder, Hashtaag)

Orange Money app debuts in France

Image result for Orange Money appOrange made available an Android app in the Play store that enables money transfer between French users and those in three African countries.

The operator announced Orange Money France back in June and said an app would be coming “soon”.

The app enables users in France to transfer funds to Ivory Coast, Mali and Senegal, as well as within mainland France. France’s leading operator will target Orange Money at French users with friends and family in Africa.

The Orange Money Service is available in countries across Africa and the Middle East where Orange is present.

Users do not need a bank account to use Orange Money in France, but they must have a mobile plan and register at a point of sale offering Orange Money with an ID card and proof of address. It is free to open an account.