Authentication

LastPass says it fixed two-factor authentication bug related to use of Google Authenticator

Until everybody and their dog eventually replaces passwords, the long-running log-in security feature is here to stay. That said, there are ways in …

Cybersecurity

Which Galaxy S8 unlock option is the most secure?

Samsung is going all-in on biometric authentication with the Galaxy S8. But which one should you use?<p>You can use up to three different methods to unlock your Galaxy S8 phone using nothing more than your body. The front-facing camera can scan and identify your face, or you can use the embedded iris …

Samsung Galaxy

How to use Twitter’s new two-factor authentication feature

Protecting your online accounts with passwords is a big risk. And Twitter is no exception. Last year, a data breach gave hackers access to the …

Cybersecurity

Amex earnings show it's on the rebound after Costco sale

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "Payments Briefing" subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>In its Q1 2017 earnings call, American Express posted results showing that it's beginning to find ways to overcome the losses it suffered following last summer’s sale of its …

Security

A major credit card company is testing fingerprint technology to fight fraud

MasterCard announced Thursday that it’s currently testing a credit card with an integrated fingerprint sensor.<p>The company hopes the advanced technology can help fight fraud and eventually rid of PIN codes or signatures for financial transactions.<p>A consumer who wants the new, high-tech credit card …

Security

Mastercard tests fingerprint verification for credit cards

Mastercard today announced it is testing a new kind of card which will authenticate users by their fingerprint, no signature or PIN required.<p>With these new cards, up to two fingerprints would be stored on the card’s EMV chip. You put the card in the reader and hold your finger to a section of the …

Security

Mastercard Introduces Credit Cards With Fingerprint Scanners

Depending on the country you are in, regulations regarding your credit card’s security may be different. In some areas you may have to sign whenever …

Mastercard

Instagram influencers warned by the FTC

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "Digital Media Briefing" subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>The Federal Trade Commission just sent out letters to over 90 Instagram influencers, including celebrities and professional athletes, reminding them that relationships to …

Mobile Marketing

Facebook continues global connectivity efforts

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence Apps and Platforms Briefing subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>Facebook announced its new “Tether-Tenna Technology” at its annual F8 developer conference on Wednesday. Tether-Tenna works by beaming Wi-Fi from a helicopter drone, …

Security

Mastercard Unveils Card With Fingerprint Sensor To Combat Fraud

Your finger just became more valuable.<p>We already use biometric technology to get into our smartphones, but now it seems we’re going to need it to control our purse strings too as Mastercard unveils a new generation of credit card.<p>The global tech giant is taking groundbreaking steps in consumer …

FinTech

Cybersecurity industry braces for tighter visa rules

Email authentication company ValiMail just got done with the process of bringing in a new employee under the H-1B visa program, which allows …

Security

THE US SMART HOME MARKET REPORT: Systems, apps, and devices leading to home automation

The US smart home market has still yet to meet the expectations many observers had in the early part of this decade.<p>The same issues BI Intelligence first identified back in 2015 still plague the space — persistently high prices, technological fragmentation, and consumers' lack of a perceived …

Home Automation

Microsoft announces that it hates passwords and has an alternative

Not a fan of passwords? Microsoft yesterday announced a new feature for users of the Microsoft Authenticator app that allows the sign-in process on …

Microsoft

Mastercard’s next-gen biometric card integrates fingerprint recognition for enhanced payment security

Along with archrival Visa, financial services giant Mastercard is a key reason for the recent rise and expansion of digital wallet solutions like …

Security

Microsoft is trying to make passwords obsolete, and it might succeed

Passwords are annoying, clumsy, easily beaten (for the most part), and an absolutely antiquated form of security. They also happen to be the primary …

Microsoft

Mastercard pushes conversational commerce

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "Payments Briefing" subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>At Facebook’s F8 conference, Mastercard announced partnerships with three retailers to enable chatbot purchasing in Messenger.<p>The move, which marks a big step forward for what …

Security

YouTube Live is gaining ground on Twitch

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "Digital Media Briefing" subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>An insightful, stat-packed quarterly update from Streamlabs compares Twitch and YouTube Live on measures of monthly active streamers and revenue.<p>The analysis, which was …

IPTV

Airbus brings drone delivery to Singapore

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence IoT Briefing subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>Airbus, one of the world's largest aircraft manufacturers, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Singapore Post to deliver mail via drone in the country early next year, …

Internet of Things

Insurers primed for partnership success

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "Fintech Briefing" subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>Legacy insurers are rapidly realizing that they will need to strategically partner with innovative new players in their industry to stay relevant in an increasingly digital …

FinTech

Setting Up Two-Step Verification and Trusted Devices

I vividly remember reading Mat Honan’s horror story in Wired magazine about being hacked and having his devices, some of which wheren’t backed up, wiped out and his social media accounts taken over. I also haven’t forgotten that one of the players in that very complex chain of events that lead to …

iOS

How to enable phone sign-in for your Microsoft account

Microsoft recently made a new feature available that allows users to authenticate with their smartphone. Here are the details, and how to turn it …

Microsoft

Facebook's Messenger Platform emphasizes B2C

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence Apps and Platforms Briefing subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>One year after the launch of the Messenger Platform, which saw the introduction of Messenger chatbots, Facebook has issued a clearer directive for its chatbot efforts. …

Chatbots

Lloyds Bank tests biometric authentication from Microsoft

Lloyds Banking Group is testing out biometric authentication technology from Microsoft for online banking.<p>Customers of Lloyds Bank, Halifax and Bank …

Security

Apple Could Delay iPhone 8 Until Fingerprint Sensor Is Ready

- Advertisement -<p>Apple might eliminate the Touch ID feature from the iPhone 8 if it fails to resolve issues with integrating the fingerprint sensor …

iPhone

Netflix in talks with Indonesian telco

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "Digital Media Briefing" subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>Netflix is in talks with Telekom Indonesia about rolling out a service on the telecom network, Reuters reports.<p>The streaming service has been blocked on Telekom Indonesia …

IPTV

2FA Wars: Authy v. Google Authenticator

With every breach, every hack, every lost or stolen phone, online users have a similar thought: <b>“I hope my private data didn’t just leak into the vast</b> …

Security

Android Pay moves in to mobile banking

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "Payments Briefing" subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>Android Pay announced integrations within mobile banking apps of Bank of America, Bank of New Zealand, Discover, mBank, and USAA, according to a Google blog post.<p>The upgrade …

Security

Cypress Vs. Synaptics: What Company Wins From Apple's Upcoming iPhones?

Getting a slot in an upcoming blockbuster like the new iPhones can be a big boost to small suppliers like Cypress and Synaptics.<p>We look at the …

iPhone

Insurance industry embraces blockchain tech

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "Fintech Briefing" subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>Combating disruption from insurtechs, legacy insurers have begun moving hard and fast to explore new technologies.<p>In further evidence of this, blockchain technology consortium …

FinTech

The fingerprint sensor on your smartphone might not be foolproof

There may be a security flaw in the fingerprint sensor that millions of consumers use to unlock their smartphones and use the device to buy products …

Security