News Bytes: Mobile users' risky business; Apple patches more iOS 7 holes; more
>> Mobile users take security risks despite privacy concerns
Mobile users do not take basic security steps despite a growing fear about the security of their personal information, according to a survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of mobile security firm Lookout and wireless carrier Sprint. Only 44 percent of mobile users set a PIN or passcode on their phones, according to the survey of 1,003 U.S. adults. In addition, 26 percent are not aware of the risks of clicking on unfamiliar links while browsing on mobile and 18 percent store password information on their phones. At the same time, one-third of mobile users are concerned about the security of their personal data stored on their mobile phone. Read more on the mobile user survey.
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>> Apple patches security holes in iOS 7
In addition to launching its new iPads, Apple also released this week patches for more than 100 security vulnerabilities, including holes in its new iOS 7 mobile operating system. The iOS 7.0.3 update fixes three bugs in the iPhone's passcode feature. One bug could allow an attacker to bypass the lockscreen and make a call with the phone; a second one allow an attacker to call arbitrary contacts on a phone by getting access to the contacts panel via the lock screen; a third one could enable someone to view the passcode entry when it should not be. iOS 7.0.3 is the operating systems third update since its initial release this time last month. Read more on the iOS 7 security update.
>> NetMotion provides enterprises cloud-based view into cellular network performance
NetMotion Wireless has launched a cloud-based tool called Locality Cloud to enable enterprises to troubleshoot cellular connectivity problems for their mobile workers using the cloud. The tool monitors cellular network performance, applications, devices and users. "Locality Cloud gathers and aggregates real-world mobile deployment data from an enterprise's deployed mobile devices--including tablets, laptops, smartphones and more--making it fast and easy for IT staff to troubleshoot and fix mobile connectivity and performance issues," the firm explained in a release. Read more about Locality Cloud.
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>> Pinterest to use $564 million war chest in mobile, international expansion
Flushed with another $225 million new venture capital funding, Pinterest plans to use the money to expand its mobile presence, which now makes up three-fourths of all usage, according to a report by AllThingsD. Internationally, Pinterest recently launched in the United Kingdom, France and Italy and plans to launch in 10 more countries before the end of this year. The firm also plans to invest in technical infrastructure and make "strategic acquisitions of both talent and technology," according to statement provided to AllThingsD. As part of its mobile effort, Pinterest recently updated its iPhone app. "We spruced up the look of the app a bit and we also added a simple way to browse through pins with just a flick of a finger," the company said in a blog. Read more about Pinterest's mobile plans.
>> Mobility transforms a subcontinent
Mobility has transformed the Indian economy and society, concludes a new report from Boston Consulting Group and GSMA. In 2012, mobility generated 5.3 per cent of India's GDP, directly supported 730,000 jobs and an additional two million jobs when points of sale and distributors are included, the report noted. India is the second largest market in terms of mobile connections and unique subscribers, with nearly 900 million mobile connections and 350 million subscribers. By 2020, mobility will contribute almost $400 billion to India's GDP, create 4.1 million additional jobs and invest $9 billion in India's infrastructure, with $34 billion contributed to public funding. Read more about the report.