All four major U.S. carriers team up to form a task force on mobile authentication

All four major U.S. carriers are teaming up to form the Mobile Authentication Task Force. The goal is for the wireless operators to prevent identity theft by scanning data and analyzing patterns. This will be done in order to make sure that subscribers’ identities aren’t being stolen by people who plan on using them for illegal activities. The four carriers plan on using SIM card recognition, network-based device authentication and geo-location. This plan will go into effect next year to protect both consumers and businesses.

With all four major carriers putting their heads together for …


Dropbox adds mobile prompts for two-step authentication, here is how they work

Dropbox has just improved its service to prevent users from being locked out of their accounts while they’re on the move. The two-step verification feature is a double-edged sword for many consumers, who sometimes face challenges when they make use of this extra layer of security.

For example, there are times that network coverage is not good enough to allow you to receive text messages so that you can log in to your Dropbox account using two-step verification. This is especially troublesome if you don’t keep track of emergency backup codes provided to you by Dropbox, …

New iPhone 8 features tipped: 'SmartCam' scene recognition, Apple Pay authentication with Face ID

In the latest installment of iPhone 8 scoops obtained from the leaked Apple HomePod firmware, developer Guilherme Rambo has unearthed a code that talks about the eventual new options that will come with the iPhone 8’s vertical dual camera. References to a “SmartCam” option indicate some sort of automatic scene selection software, akin to the Intelligent Auto mode on Sony phones, or other similar camera software algorithms. 

There are several scene mentions, such as Baby, Bright Stage, Document, Fireworks, Foliage, and others, so the camera would allegedly look for those …

Samsung patents an authentication method for Gear VR based on "head recognition"

The Galaxy S8 is undoubtedly one of the most generous phones in terms of security features and biometric authentication offering users not one, but three trendy ways to lock or unlock the device: through a fingerprint scanner, an iris scanner, and face detection capabilities. But neither these, nor the password- or swipe-based methods can be used to unlock the phone if it is inside the Gear VR headset – you need to first get it out, unlock it, and then put it back. But a new Samsung patent application registered in South Korea suggests that the company may have found a …

iPhone 8 may have fingerprint-scanning screen for constant authentication and peace of mind


The first modern smartphone fingerprint scanner made its debut with the Apple iPhone 5s, and it changed everything. This biometric feature was so perfectly executed, it revolutionized smartphone security and privacy in a quiet, yet profound way. With just a touch on the home button, the phone was able to instantly and reliably authenticate the user and let them in. Boom. Done. No more annoying passwords, passcodes, or any other leftovers from the keyboard era.

A massive positive side effect of this new device locking mechanism was that more people actually started securing their handsets. …

Google updating its two-factor authentication notifications to be more descriptive

Two-factor authentication is one of the more important security features you can have, but actually using it has historically been a bit difficult. Google has worked hard to make it as easy as possible and its two-factor notification pop-ups on your phone is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself. Even better, it works on both iOS and Android. 

Now Google is updating the two-factor notification pop-ups to be more descriptive so you can be more careful. Traditionally, the pop-up simply asked if you were trying to sign in to your Google account from another device …