Most people are familiar with at least one Internet of Things (IoT) device, as the term refers to everything from smartphones to smart home hubs like the Amazon Echo. Statista predicts that the global IoT market will increase from $249.2 billion in 2018 to $457.29 billion in 2020, suggesting that the industry is the healthiest it’s ever been and shows no signs of slowing down.
More and more developers are considering blockchain for apps, as this technology—originally developed for Bitcoin cryptocurrency—holds tremendous potential for applications that require data storage or ledger-type functionalities. In fact, blockchain can benefit virtually any app that must stow and access large volumes of data in a secure, reliable manner. But what are the precise advantages of using blockchain technology for mobile apps? Well, the benefits range from security and reliability to decreased development and maintenance costs.
Cryptocurrencies have been around for several years, with Bitcoin coming into existence in 2009. But virtual currency has gained most of its popularity in the last two years, causing the mobile development community to take notice. One of the most significant developments is blockchain, which is a clever and highly secure piece of technology that will be useful for applications far outside the cryptocurrency realm. So what is blockchain and how can your mobile app developer leverage this technology to revolutionize peer-to-peer mobile security?
Just a couple decades ago, iris scanners and fingerprint-operated door locks were considered science fiction. Today, this biometric technology is part of everyday life. iPhone and iPad users enjoy the simplicity of Touch ID authentication to unlock their devices, and now facial recognition on the iPhone X. Office buildings, labs and government buildings no longer need to worry about security breaches due to lost key cards, as biometric lock systems have replaced the traditional predecessors. And, Galaxy S8 users can also access their devices with a simple glance.
Many clients focus on a mobile app’s functions, features and aesthetics, but few emphasize the critical issue of mobile app security. Just one vulnerability exploitation can undo all the hard work and money you’ve invested to grow your user base. And once user trust is destroyed, it’s extremely difficult—if not impossible—to fully restore. Being proactive with your security will result in the life or death of your app. Read More
Dallas is rapidly evolving into a healthcare industry hub. In fact, the health sector in this region of Texas is “greater than the health industry of 34 other states,” with even more growth expected in the coming years. The Dallas-Fort Worth healthcare industry is known for its innovation, too, which is understandable considering the city’s tech-centric culture. This makes Dallas healthcare mobile app development a thriving niche, but also a complex one due to the strict state laws.
Banks, accounting firms and other companies in the financial sector face some serious challenges when it comes to digital security. According to one study’s estimate, hackers steal as much as $575 billion annually. And while that study did not differentiate between incidents involving mobile apps and traditional websites, the potential for app vulnerability exploitation is well-known.
Security professionals use the term ransomware when they refer to a particular kind of computer virus that can lock computer systems or data. The criminals then offer to unlock the device after the victims pay a fee. In some cases, these cybercriminals even pose as employees of legitimate security companies and don’t admit that they caused the problem in the first place. This type of online crime has become so prevalent that the FBI posted an official warning in March of 2016.
Nokia recently released their 2016 study about consumer retention and acquisition. Information from this report revealed both surprising and unsurprising facts about consumer security concerns. Understanding the ways average consumers act on concerns about security on their mobile devices vs. traditional computers made their findings particularly interesting. Read More
Antivirus protection on a desktop computer is a no-brainer—even the least tech-savvy home computer owner knows it’s vital to have the very best installed. But what about antivirus software for smartphones and tablets? Read More