Mocana's Weekly News Roundup, Ed 16


Privacy policies, Snapchat updates and a rise in malware attacks on Macs. What do all of these have in common and are linked to? It's a combined need to develop a strategy to tackle mobility and security in the enterprise.

This is especially true in the event of BYOD, or bring your own device. Whether it's healthcare, or the smartphone app Smart Sheriff, having personal information leaking or vulnerable can be extremely dangerous and costly.

We understand this importance at Mocana, and invite you to open up the discussion on how mobility is affecting security as well as personal information being shared to third-parties. Do you know if your personal information is being shared, or used? Keep this in mind while using apps and social media. 

To read more on these topics, check out our links for the Roundup below:

 "WhatsApp could be a potential security threat"

The Asian Age

This article explores some privacy issues that are pervasive with how WhatsApp is run. Although WhatsApp is now owned by Facebook, the app still seems to "not have a simple authentication medium in place." See how you can protect yourself, since WhatsApp's main way of recognizing you is by the number associated with the account. 

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"Snapchat now owns your photos, even after they disappear

The Sydney Morning Herald

Technology reporter Hannah Francis has an informative and fun video on Snapchat's most recent partnership with Looksy, and shows its new features. However, new Terms and Conditions for Snapchat shows it can take your images--even the self-destructing ones--and "share it with third parties." 

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"There have been more malware attacks on Macs this year than the last five years combined

Business Insider

2015 has proven to be a "brutal year" in terms of cyber attacks on Macs. A new cyber-security report from Bit9 + Carbon Black Threat Research team shows a "surge in malware attacks in 2015." Due to more people buying Macs, it has become more mainstream and thus, a larger target for malware. This shows that both systems are vulnerable to attack, but find out what you need to be protected.

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"South Korea pulls plug on child surveillance app after security concerns"

The Christian Science Monitor

Remember in a previous Roundup there was buzz about a South Korean app called Smart Sheriff? It was supposed to track how their children use social media. This article explains that the app, with over 380,000 users and meant for child safety, was pulled recently from the Google Play store, and why.

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 "5 Best Practices for Mobile Device Security in Healthcare"

HIT Consultant

It's true that many doctor's offices are using smartphones and other devices for practice tasks. There is an illusion that these devices are more protected than they actually are, which can lead to HIPAA breaches and costly consequences for leaked patient information. This article goes in-depth with best practices for healthcare mobile devices, and how you can stay protected and minimize the risk of data breaches. 

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 "Throttling mobile malware with per-app VPNs"


There is always the number one priority to keep enterprise data safe, yet this is an ongoing challenge with the rise of mobility in businesses. Ms. Lisa Phifer explains how per-app VPN tunnels "offer secure remote access when combined with other measures." Mobile devices don't have a one-stop-shop solution like antimalware; multiple ways need to be explored to find a holistic solution. 

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 "Yes, You too Mobile App Operators!"


This article explains in detail the importance of a privacy policy, and why it is required by state and federal law to notify users of "personally identifiable information that you collect, how you use that information" and "to whom you disclose that information" to for starters. Of course, this is linked to monetizing your app, and how a privacy policy helps in this department, as well. 

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