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September 02, 2017

Fraud and Identity Week in Review: Gmail, Biometrics, BlackBerry

Fraud and Identity Week in Review: Gmail, Biometrics, BlackBerry

Fraud and identity protection present serious challenges for the entire communications ecosystem and, frankly, it takes a collaborative effort to stay even a fraction of a step ahead of criminal activity.  From personal devices to communications services, user and service provider communities are under constant attack and have to be ever-vigilant about their security measures.  This week, Fraud & Identity Today tackles questions around Gmail, VoIP fraud, BlackBerry’s attempt at recreating itself, and more.

Writer Drew Hendricks asks, “Is Gmail secure enough for your private emails?”  The conclusion is maybe.  We know Google and others are constantly working on security and encryption features, but also that cyber criminals are just as quickly finding ways to penetrate those mechanisms.  A lot depends on user behavior: “It’s incumbent on the email account holder and messaging principle to do what can be done to stay current with security tools and options that protect their privacy. “

It’s been around for a long time, but biometric technology has become much more prevalent with the latest generations of mobile devices that leverage fingerprint and iris scanning for security, access, and identification.  Integrated Biometrics, which has developed FBI-certified fingerprint scanners, says it plans to continue to deliver game-changing technology in the space, which will certainly have a parallel impact on personal and business devices as well.

Fraud continues to be a serious issue, with cybercriminals exploiting security gaps in VoIP services in massive fraud schemes.  Flashpoint has identified three main services Russian cyber criminals are currently exposing in various capacities:  Narayana, SIP24, and SIP Killer.

Mobile security has long been a focal area for BlackBerry and, even though it has pretty much taken itself out of the hardware business, it continues to deliver enterprise software, touting its strong security legacy and current capabilities.  “Throughout its history, people have trusted BlackBerry phones in the way they haven’t Android devices, Palm Pilots, and even iPhones.”

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Edited by Erik Linask

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