By - Evan Schuman

That malware with its own backdoor into Android’s framework? Don’t worry; Google’s on it. (Gulp!)

One of mobile security’s biggest fears has come to pass. Google last week (June 6) confirmed that cyberthieves had managed to pre-install malware into the Android framework backdoor. In short, the malware appeared to be blessed by Google at the deepest point within Android. “In the Google Play app context, installation meant that [the malware] didn’t have to turn on

By - Evan Schuman

Forrester: Bank mobile apps frustrating, confusing

Mobile banking should be effortless, with financial institutions sharing data, offering helpful suggestions and automating frequent tasks. But according to a new report from Forrester Research on mobile banking apps, far too many banks offer frustrating apps that show little thought given to how consumers interact with their financial institutions — or at least how they should. “Banks too often

By - Evan Schuman

Why I now hate my Apple Watch slightly less

In last week’s column about the Apple Watch, I listed a variety of watch attributes that drove me crazy, especially after repeated calls to Apple technical support indicated there was nothing that could be done to fix the issues. Google searches also revealed no fixes. But after the column ran, quite a few Apple fans wrote in to describe ways to

By - Evan Schuman

Massive bank app security holes: You might want to go back to that money under the mattress tactic

A new report from a well-regarded payments consulting firm has found a lengthy list of security insanity while examining several major fintech company mobile apps. Although the very nature of apps that manage and move money would suggest presumably strong security, banks and their cohorts tend to adopt new technology slower than almost any other vertical, which puts them in

By - Evan Schuman

Apple is learning why shortcut security is a bad idea

When Apple launched its enterprise developer certificate program — which helps enterprises make their homegrown apps for employee use-only available through iTunes — it had to make a difficult convenience-vs.-security decision: how much hassle to put IT managers through to get their internal apps posted. It chose convenience and, well, you can guess what happened. Media reports say pirate developers

By - Evan Schuman

With latest mobile security hole, could we at least focus on the right things?

A bunch of apps from some major players — including Expedia, Hollister, Air Canada, Abercrombie & Fitch, Hotels.com and Singapore Airlines — recently came to grief because of a security/privacy hole in a third-party analytics app they all used, according to a report from TechCrunch. In the case of Air Canada, the incident exposed extremely sensitive customer information including payment

By - Evan Schuman

Next Android OS might allow app downgrade. This is a BIG deal.

I saw a very interesting report this week — from the reliable XDA Developers.com site — that the upcoming Android OS, Android Q, will let IT shops downgrade apps. That means that if a third-party app or even Android native app update presents problems, such as conflicting with other apps or opening a security hole or doing something else headache-inducing,

By - Evan Schuman

The enterprise ROI/TCO argument for mobile is getting a lot more interesting

In 2019, executives need to look anew at mobile and figure out what technology displacements make sense. For example, how much sense do expensive dedicated barcode scanners make today when employees almost certainly have a smartphone in their pocket with the CPUs and cameras to do a far better — and far, far, far cheaper — job? Let’s set aside

By - Evan Schuman

Apple’s App Store privacy efforts are backfiring big time

There have been some complaints recently about how the Apple App Store handles privacy. Although Apple is trying to position itself as the consumer-privacy-friendly company — in stark contrast to Google, primarily — some have complained that it is doing it in far too heavy-handed a way. But what struck me as most interesting about the situation is how many