High-Tech Valentine: Do dating apps installed on company-issued mobile devices pose a security risk?

Tue, 09 Feb 2016

New Flexera Software report explains why some dating apps employees use on corporate and BYOD devices to find love – may be risky

Maidenhead, UK – February 9, 2016. As Valentine’s Day approaches, thoughts turn to cupid. So in this age of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and high-tech dating, CIO’s must consider a novel question: do the dating apps employees might be using on their corporate-issued or BYOD phones present a potential security risk to the organisation? According to a new report from Application Readiness expert, Flexera Software, the functionality and behaviour of many popular dating apps could violate organisations’ BYOD policies.

The report found that of the 25 popular Apple iOS dating apps tested[1]:

  • 88 percent, including Grindr, OKCupid and Tinder, are capable of accessing a device’s location services.
  • 76 percent, including Blendr, HowAboutWe and Zoosk, support ad networks.
  • 60 percent are capable of accessing the device’s social networking apps as well as SMS/Texting functions
  • 36 percent, including Grindr, Lovestruck and OKCupid, are capable of accessing the device’s calendar.
  • 24 percent, including Blendr, Hinge and Tinder, are capable of accessing the device’s address book.

“IT Operations team have significant experience and expertise when it comes to traditional enterprise apps, so they understand what the apps do, how they work, what data they access, and whether or not they are risky. However mobile apps are another story,” said Maureen Polte, Vice President of Product Management at Flexera Software. “Most IT Operations professionals do not have the faintest idea what apps are loaded onto employees’ BYOD devices and whether those apps behave in a way that the organisation would deem risky. That’s why we recommend that organisations centralise their Application Readiness processes to test all apps, including mobile, that will be hitting their networks, allowing IT Operations teams to ‘blacklist’ any they deem to be in violation of their policies.”

Apps capable of these behaviours may or may not be risky – depending upon an organisation’s particular business, risk profile and BYOD policies. For instance, customer location data can be highly valued by companies targeting consumer behaviours, so many apps access the phone’s GPS data to pass along to advertisers. Confidentiality and privacy concerns in some organisations would prohibit unapproved apps from tracking employee location information.

To compile the report, Flexera Software identified 25 popular dating apps, representing a small sampling of dating apps that can be found in the Apple App Store and that could easily be downloaded by employees to a corporate-issued or BYOD device. These apps were tested using AdminStudio Mobile, an Application Readiness solution that helps organizations identify, manage, track and report on mobile apps, simplify mobile application management, reduce mobile app risk and address the rapidly growing demand for mobile apps in the enterprise.

[1]The apps tested were: Blendr, Bumble, Coffee Meets Bagel, E-darling, Gleeden, Grindr, Happn, Hinge, Hitch, HowAboutWe, Lovestruck, LOVOO, Match, MySingleFriend, NeuChat, OKCupid, Once, Parship, POF, RSVP, Sexy Flirt, Single.de, Tastebuds, Tinder, Zoosk

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Vyke Launches to Revolutionise Voice Calling

Mon, 08 Feb 2016

The first app to socialise mobile phone numbers – innovation that the operators failed to deliver

London, 8th February, 2016: Vyke (www.vyke.com) today announced that it will be revolutionising the mobile voice market through its new mobile VoIP apps, which will allow users to use mobile voice with the same flexibility that we all take for granted with email and social networking. Thanks to Vyke, mobile voice can become a new social app.

The new Vyke platform – now available for iOS and Android users – will allow users to create multiple personas for voice calls and SMS. Using Vyke’s mobile VoIP app users can add up to four additional mobile phone numbers to use on their existing handset, coupled with rich free peer-to-peer chat and low cost calling features.

The multiple numbers will allow all mobile users to create and present different personas – for example work and personal – with a different mobile number for each – without having to have multiple devices. Behaviour that is already common on email or social platforms will now be possible on mobile voice too.

"We are delivering the innovation that the mobile voice sector is crying out for and that the mobile operators have so far failed to provide," said Mark Egginton, CEO of Vyke. "We know that mobile users have multiple personas, but until now they’ve only been able to have one phone number per device. Using Vyke they can now separate the different parts of their lives with different numbers, giving back both control over who calls them and when, whilst protecting the main mobile number identity.”

The Vyke app is free to download and users get their first number absolutely free. Additional numbers (users can have a total of four Vyke numbers) can then be added for $/£0.99 per month, or less with advance commitment. It’s easy to set up and users can even transfer an existing mobile number onto Vyke – removing the need for an additional handset.

Once downloaded, the Vyke app offers users in-bundle international mobile calls and texts with mobile number ranges from UK, USA, Canada, Poland and Netherlands immediately at launch, with more countries to follow soon.

“We believe that our new VoIP app will revolutionise voice calling in the same way that WhatsApp re-invented messaging. Our belief in this has seen us commit to a 12-month development cycle for the app and so we’re excited to let users start to download it," continued Egginton.

Vyke is available from the app stores for download now:

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About Vyke
Vyke is a UK-based, mobile VoiP provider with over ten years experience in the field. Vyke provides consumer communication services. B2B communication services are provided under the VykeBusiness brand. Vyke also provides 3rd Party call and SMS termination. Vyke has developed a SDK/API’s and fully managed end-to-end white label of the new product to allow other service providers to create their own services using Vyke’s infrastructure.

For more information please visit www.vyke.com

Press contact:
Patrick Smith
Joshua PR for Vyke
T: 07734 600553
E: Patrick.smith@joshuapr.com

Source: RealWire

Quortus and ACS Partner to Bring MEC to the Enterprise

Thu, 04 Feb 2016

Companies to demonstrate combined offering at Mobile World Congress 2016

Guildford, UK and Huntington Beach, CA – 4th February 2016 – Quortus and Applied Computer Solutions (ACS) today announced that they are partnering to develop a range of wireless communications solutions for enterprises based on emerging Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) technologies. The two companies expect to demonstrate a proof of concept service offering at Mobile World Congress 2016 (Barcelona, Feb 22nd - 25th).

Quortus is at the heart of implementing core network functions as software applications; ACS provides products and services to Service Providers, MSOs and large enterprises. The companies’ partnership will enable services far beyond the capabilities of traditional network architectures, enhancing user experience and bringing benefits throughout the wireless ecosystem. For network operators this means more efficient use of network resources and new monetization opportunities; content distributors benefit with higher delivery speeds and lower network latencies; enterprises gain vastly improved integration between their IT and communications infrastructure; small businesses obtain access to advanced services with outstanding ease of use.

“Quortus and ACS makes for a game-changing combination,” said Andy Odgers, Founder and CEO of Quortus. “Together we are pioneering the new Mobile Edge Computing ecosystem. Uniquely, our MEC solution combines control and user plane functions – enabling more services than user-plane only MEC solutions. This opens up a new world of powerful possibilities, creating an operator-friendly system that can support a raft of new capabilities ranging from local traffic offload and QoS management to genuine local VoLTE calling.”

Bob Pike, CTO at ACS, commented: “Our partnership with Quortus is a natural evolution of our two companies’ respective endeavors to leverage advanced IT and communications technologies to make a real difference in a very broad range of applications. By applying intelligence at the network edge, we simultaneously remove strain on network operators’ infrastructure and improve service and user experience. We are hugely excited to debut this technology at MWC ‘16.”

The companies’ demo at MWC will show how MEC can be used to deliver media, voice and data services in diverse scenarios such as enterprise communications, healthcare, and public spaces such as shopping malls and sports stadia. The demonstration leverages Quortus’ recently announced MEC-aligned versions of its EdgeCentrix virtualized core network products, along with ACS’ IT infrastructure products, systems integration expertise, and unique capabilities in end-to-end orchestration of MEC servers and applications.

MEC architectures combine wireless technology with an IT-type service environment to deliver efficient communications services with ultra-low latency and high bandwidth. MEC software applications can tap into local content and information about network conditions so that traffic can be handled in an optimal way; examples include local traffic offload and caching, and video optimization.

Quortus' ECX technology takes this principle a step further, by implementing core network functions themselves in software. The combination of these two approaches will allow service providers to truly deliver on the promise of MEC. Services are provided where they are consumed – at the network edge.

About Quortus
Quortus enables flexible, agile mobile communications networks that provide a foundation for innovative services tailored to a diverse range of end customers. Its award winning EdgeCentrix (ECX) virtualized mobile core solutions help increase operator margin and ‘stickiness’. They interwork gracefully with existing mobile networks, with small cell and HetNet architectures and with standard IT infrastructure, to create truly integrated communications platforms. Quortus’ ECX products are highly scalable and can be hosted anywhere – in the cloud, at the network edge, or deeply embedded alongside a cellular radio in a single-chip implementation.
www.quortus.com

About ACS
Since ACS’s inception in 1989, we have experienced consistent and sustainable growth by developing strong long-term relationships with our OEM/manufacturing partners and by providing tremendous value to our clients. Our customer base is extremely diverse in size and in the industries they serve, but our commitment never wavers. ACS delivers effectively, efficiently, and provides the best possible value for each of our loyal customers. In the communications industry, which is one of the many ACS serves, ACS has helped wireline service providers, MSOs, and wireless carriers build out their networks for the past 20 years. Our experience in traditional wired broadband services and mobility gives us the expertise, technical talent and OEM relationships to help the operators deliver on LTE-based mobile broadband. We are well-equipped for urban and enterprise deployments providing the integration experience, technical talent and programming skills necessary to build out, control and manage mobile broadband platforms. Applied Computer Solutions (ACS) is based in Huntington Beach, California.
www.acsacs.com

For Further Information
ed.howson@temono.com
+44 (0) 7740173051

Source: RealWire

ISPCC Childline and Vodafone Ireland Foundation Announce Major New Partnership

Thu, 04 Feb 2016

Working to Keep Children Safe by Keeping Them Connected

4th February 2016 ISPCC Childline and the Vodafone Ireland Foundation are delighted to announce a major five year partnership that aims to keep children safe by keeping them connected. The Partnership will;

  • provide the charity with €2 million in direct funding from the Vodafone Foundation over five years
  • provide a commitment to covering the call costs for the Childline service for ten years until 2026
  • update Childline’s technologies and service infrastructure to modernise and broaden out access to the service in line with the changing needs of children
  • offer additional resources including Vodafone’s Be Strong Online Programme, to support children and parents through some of the issues they face in today’s digital society
  • leverage and engage Vodafone’s 2000 employees raise further funds for Childline

In 2014 ISPCC’s unique support service for children and young people responded to almost 500,000 calls and online contacts. Over the last 10 years, Childline has experienced a 75% increase in children seeking support online. Through this new partnership, with Vodafone’s support, the charity will now be in a position to develop a new total communications infrastructure which will improve children’s access to Childline and provide a 24 online digital platform.

Vodafone’s Be Strong Online Programme will offer support on issues ranging from bullying to online privacy and can be accessed online and in all retail stores nationwide from Tuesday, February 9th, Safer Internet Day 2016. One in five children in Ireland say that they have been bothered by something online in the last year. The Be Strong online programme will mean that children will now have a range of resources offering support and advice on cyber safety at their fingertips whenever they need it.

Announcing the partnership, Grainia Long, Chief Executive, ISPCC Childline said ‘I’m thrilled that ISPCC Childline will be working with Vodafone to help keep children safe. For every child who reaches us, there are many more who cannot. From today, this partnership will enable us to give every child the connection they need, when and where they need it most.’

Ray Collins, Vodafone Ireland Director of Strategy and Chairman of the Vodafone Ireland Foundation said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Childline and are looking forward to working with them to transform their unique and invaluable service. Life is challenging for young people and children today. Together we want to ensure that when children reach out for help, they can connect with Childline in whatever way they choose, via a call or a text or an instant message. Through the partnership we also plan to work together to build young people’s resilience and awareness online, to help them navigate their world better and cope with issues that confront them with a new confidence.”

The partnership comes with the support of Vodafone’s 2,000 employees, who have pledged to raise additional much needed funds for Childline through a range of fundraising activities over the course of the partnership.

See www.vodafone.ie/foundation.

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About Vodafone
Vodafone is one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies and provides a range of services including voice, messaging, data and fixed communications. Vodafone has mobile operations in 26 countries, partners with mobile networks in 57 more, and fixed broadband operations in 17 markets. As of 30 September 2015, Vodafone had 454 million mobile customers and 12.5 million fixed broadband customers. For more information, please visit: www.vodafone.com

Source: RealWire

Judges Select Solfyre as a Leading Startup Finalist in the Tech Trailblazers Awards

Tue, 02 Feb 2016

British privacy startup announced as a finalist, experiencing triple success in FinTech, Mobile and Firestarter categories

London - 2nd February 2016 - British cybersecurity pioneer Solfyre has been selected as a finalist in global startup awards scheme the Tech Trailblazers Awards, with recognition in multiple categories: FinTech Trailblazers, Mobile Trailblazers and the Firestarter Award for early stage startups.

Solfyre’s secure login and password management app, designed for both consumers and enterprises, gained top scores from the judges for its hassle-free and straightforward alternative to password pain and associated vulnerabilities. Solfyre’s mobile app SID encrypts a user’s passwords, generating one time QR codes for two factor authentication – for a simpler and more secure login on desktops. You can vote for Solfyre in the FinTech, Mobile and Firestarter categories at http://www.techtrailblazers.com/shortlist/ until Friday 12th February 2016.

Craig Vallis, founder and CEO of Solfyre said, “We are delighted to be shortlisted as part of the prestigious global Tech Trailblazers Awards for our prime focus areas: Mobile and FinTech. At Solfyre we have recognised the importance that mobile devices play in our everyday lives by putting Mobile at the very heart of our Enterprise and Consumer Identity Platform, turning our mobile phones into our own personal Identity Servers. We utilise all the functions of the phone to enable users to reclaim their identities and the FinTech Industry has the most at risk in terms of identity assurance. Not only do we streamline the current tedious and time consuming process of logging into websites and mobile applications but we can offer partners additional assurance around their users by providing Biometrics and Behavioural measurements at login.”

Rose Ross, Chief Trailblazer, said; “This year has been phenomenal again for startup talent and unsurprisingly the quality of the finalists reflects that. We have also seen previous winners go from strength to strength and we are looking forward to seeing who will be following in their startup footsteps. Our esteemed judges and the Tech Trailblazing team wish all the finalists the best of luck.”

For more information on the Tech Trailblazers, please visit www.techtrailblazers.com, follow the buzz on Twitter @techtrailblaze, hashtag #TTawards or check out LinkedIn for the latest updates http://www.linkedin.com/company/tech-trailblazers-awards.

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About Solfyre
Solfyre is a British startup specialising in identity and password management.

Headquartered in London, the company is committed to igniting the Identity Revolution. The first step is the development of SID, a mobile app that simplifies password management and ensures passwords are always secure and always accessible. The app will available in iOS, Android and Windows Mobile versions in early 2016.

For more information, visit the Solfyre website on: www.solfyre.com or follow them on Twitter on www.twitter.com/solfyreID

Media Contact
Omarketing for Solfyre
Rosalind Carr
rosalind@omarketing.com
+44(0)20 8255 5225
@omarketingnews

Source: RealWire

Scandit Introduces Ergonomic Scan Case for iPhones to Revolutionise Enterprise Data Capture

Mon, 01 Feb 2016

The patent-pending Scandit Case replaces dedicated barcode scanners at a low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) when used in conjunction with Scandit’s mobile software solutions

London, UK – 1 February 2016 – Scandit, developer of the leading software-based barcode scanning solutions for smartphones, tablets and wearable devices, today revealed the Scandit Case. An ergonomically designed iPhone 6/6s case that works with smartphones and all of Scandit’s mobile scanning solutions, the Scandit Case provides protection during everyday activities and a scanning experience similar to that of a dedicated barcode scanner but with a lower total cost of ownership (TCO). The Scandit Case is currently available for pre-order.

While Scandit’s patented barcode scanning software is engineered to provide enterprise-grade scanning on smartphones even in challenging environments – compensating for glare, motion, extreme angles, for example – the Scandit Case combines high-performance scanning with ultimate ease of use and the ergonomics necessary to support scan-intensive data capture applications across the entire supply chain.

By leveraging the built-in LED and camera on the iPhone for illumination, aiming and image capture, the Case provides a scanning experience comparable to a dedicated scanner, without introducing additional electrical components. The end result is a multipurpose device that is ergonomic, built for everyday protection and available at a fraction of the cost and weight of a dedicated scanner.

The Scandit Case is part of Scandit’s evolving product line, including mobile software and cloud services designed to mobilise mission-critical enterprise workflows across the entire supply chain including Order Entry, Proof of Delivery, Inventory Management and more. Through the introduction of the Case, Scandit is the first company to offer a fully integrated, enterprise-grade mobile data capture solution that combines the versatility of software-based scanning, a powerful cloud-based mobility platform (including capabilities such as geolocation, analytics and app lifecycle management) and the ease-of-use and robustness of dedicated devices.

“Advancements in mobile technology have made it possible to use smartphones in situations where they haven’t traditionally been used,” said Samuel Mueller, CEO of Scandit. “The Scandit Case combines the versatility of software-based mobile scanning with the ergonomics and robustness of a traditional scanner. When combined with our cloud-based mobile app solutions optimised to support mission-critical business processes with smartphones, the Case creates new business opportunities and delivers improved operational efficiencies for the enterprise at a lower TCO.”

About Scandit
Scandit delivers high-performance mobile data capture solutions for smartphones, tablets and wearables, designed to transform consumer engagement and operational efficiency for today’s forward-looking enterprises. Scandit solutions are built on its patented software-based barcode scanner and are used in a variety of industries including retail, manufacturing and logistics. With over 20,000 licensees in more than 100 countries, Scandit processes more than 200 million scans per year and develops enterprise-grade solutions for many of the world’s most prestigious brands including Ahold, Coop, Home Depot, NASA, Saks Fifth Avenue and Verizon. Founded in 2009 by a group of researchers from MIT, ETH Zurich and IBM Research, today Scandit and its network of global integration and technology partners are pushing the boundaries of mobile AIDC (automatic identification and data capture), delivering groundbreaking identification and data capture applications to enterprise customers worldwide. For more information visit www.scandit.com.

Further information:
Julie Kirby
Ascendant Communications
jkirby@ascendcomms.net
+44 (0) 7956 955625

Source: RealWire

Vyke Launches New Mobile VoIP App on iOS

Fri, 29 Jan 2016

Take control of your mobile calling with up to four additional numbers on your existing handset

London, 29th January 2016: Vyke (www.vyke.com) today announced that it has launched the iOS version of its new communications app. The new app promises to provide the control and flexibility for mobile voice calls that we all take for granted with email and social networking.

"Our new app delivers the innovation that mobile operators have failed to provide," commented Mark Egginton, CEO of Vyke. "With Vyke, you can add up to four additional UK, US or Canadian mobile numbers to create multiple personas to help manage the different parts of your mobile life, in the same way you use different email addresses and social profiles.”

On top of that, the app also adds a great free peer-to-peer messaging platform and high quality, low cost international calls to any mobile or landline. This is a really interesting and differentiating feature set that will appeal to a very broad range of potential users," continued Egginton.

Today's release marks the culmination of a 12-month development cycle, which has been delivered to both budget and schedule.

The Android version of the app will follow hot on the heels of iOS with a release due soon.

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About Vyke
Vyke is a UK-based, mobile VoiP provider with over ten years experience in the field. Vyke provides consumer communication services. B2B communication services are provided under the VykeBusiness brand. Vyke also provides 3rd Party call and SMS termination. Vyke has developed a SDK/API’s and fully managed end-to-end white label of the new product to allow other service providers to create their own services using Vyke’s infrastructure.

For more information please visit www.vyke.com

Source: RealWire

LANDESK Modernizes IT through Automated Unified Endpoint Management and Security Enhancements

Wed, 27 Jan 2016

Upgrades to Core Offerings Give Users Streamlined Workspaces, Automated Rollout Projects and Secure Mobile Email

BRACKNELL — January 27, 2016 — Furthering its vision to modernize IT, LANDESK today announced the release of LANDESK Management Suite 2016, LANDESK Security Suite 2016 and the introduction of LANDESK Mobile Security Suite 2016. These updates give users greater visibility, streamline security and increase automation to further empower users and simplify IT.

“LANDESK Management Suite and Security Suite are at the heart of our business and technology strategy. The underlying technologies not only help IT manage and protect the devices in their environment, but they also provide a rich data set that our service management and IT asset management offerings leverage,” said Duane Newman, senior director of product management at LANDESK. “This gives IT unparalleled visibility into what is happening in the environment, and it provides the underlying capabilities required to take action when change is needed. The 2016 updates extend those capabilities to natively support mobile devices, to improve access and visibility and to provide more automation capabilities than ever before.”

Unified Endpoint Management
LANDESK brings users a truly unified endpoint management (UEM) experience with Management Suite 2016. This product now offers full mobile device management capabilities as part of its industry-leading client management solution, allowing organisations to manage devices, packages and workflows for PCs, Macs, Linux, Chromebooks and now iOS and Android devices — all from a single interface and a single server. This allows teams to gather device-related data, quickly assess what is happening in their environments and to streamline management workflows to automatically deliver the appropriate software to each platform.

This simplified administrative workflow allows system administrators to target individuals or groups with specific policies or packages, with UEM capabilities that ensures each device gets the necessary changes and apps. For more security-focused organisations, the new LANDESK Mobile Security Suite comes as an add-on to the UEM platform.

Expanded Workspaces
As part of this movement to modernise IT, LANDESK has also improved and expanded the functionality of its Workspaces platform across the portfolio. These improvements empower organisations by providing an intuitive, role-driven experience that changes the way users interact with their tools, and offers a clean, simple user interface. This streamlined approach makes it easier to ensure devices are properly managed without impacting end users.

In addition to other enhancements, Security Suite 2016 introduces LANDESK Workspaces for the Security Admin, which helps connect security and IT operations by providing a view, which highlights the security posture of the devices on the network, and helps prioritise remediation opportunities. It gives deep visibility into devices so admins can see what needs to be patched or where they may be vulnerable.

Automated Rollout Projects
LANDESK further empowers IT by providing features in Management Suite 2016 and Security Suite 2016 that automate the rollout process of both large and small software projects, including software deployments and patching. This feature simplifies repetitive software distribution projects by automating staged rollout processes to progress from smaller pilot groups all the way up to enterprise-wide distributions. It also improves project visibility with a built-in Gantt chart and automated emails, making project timelines simple to manage from within the tool.

Secure Mobile Email, Application Wrapping, Secure Mobile Browser
LANDESK’s Mobile Security Suite delivers several advanced mobile technologies, including secure mobile email, which provides users with protected access to corporate email and any attachments from personal mobile devices, using the native email client for each device type. The solution also gives users secure access to content, such as calendars through the user’s preferred email application.

Along with secure email, Mobile Security Suite also includes app wrapping, which secures corporate native applications and associated data from data leaks and possible malware exposure from end users’ personal applications. The suite also introduces secure web browsing for mobile devices, providing users with easy access to internal corporate websites and intranets without the need for a VPN or additional log-ins and passwords.

To learn more about these new and enhanced offerings, please visit www.landesk.com/uem-security.

About LANDESK Software
LANDESK, the global authority on user-centered IT, enables users to be their most productive while helping IT embrace the speed of change. Through the integration and automation of IT systems management, endpoint security management, service management, IT asset management, and mobile device management, LANDESK empowers IT to balance rapidly evolving user requirements with the need to secure critical assets and data. With offices located across the globe, LANDESK is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information, visit www.landesk.com.

Copyright © 2016, LANDESK. All rights reserved.

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Alex Brooks
Octopus Group
+44 (0)845 370 7024
landesk@weareoctopusgroup.net

Source: RealWire

AdaptiveMobile expands product portfolio to secure multi-million user base on mobile messaging applications

Tue, 26 Jan 2016

New RESTful API enables the Company to bring carrier-grade security to messaging applications worldwide

DUBLIN AND DALLAS, January 26th, 2016 – AdaptiveMobile, the world leader in mobile network security, today launched its Messaging App Security – a new product that enables messaging applications to secure their user base from increasing volume and sophistication of threats.

Messaging applications – such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Viber and Kik – have experienced exponential growth over the past few years and are forecast to see a threefold increase in message traffic, from almost 31 trillion in 2014, to 100 trillion by 2019 globally. As users rapidly turn to mobile messaging applications, criminals are making use of proven techniques to exploit this increasing user base – sending phishing spam, eliciting money from scam messages and hacking devices to obtain personal information – making consumers vulnerable to attack and damaging the brand credibility of messaging applications.

Expanding on its expertise in providing mobile security through carrier networks, AdaptiveMobile’s Messaging App Security offers a RESTful API to messaging applications, providing a secure messaging experience for users. Through advanced threat detection algorithms, user reputation analysis and traffic controls, Messaging App Security enables app providers to identify and block both new threats and those crossing over from conventional messaging.

“As messaging applications and social platforms evolve and converge, they are increasingly looking to innovations to deliver value-add and differentiated services – such as Facebook’s launch of Uber in-app and WeChat’s expansion to offer its significant in-app features and e-commerce platform outside of China – making the need for a secure messaging environment more crucial than ever,” explains Rob Bamforth, Principal Analyst at research and analyst house Quocirca.

“With this announcement AdaptiveMobile is bringing the power and intelligence of its security software to protect and enable the rapidly growing mobile app market, further cementing its position as a world leader in mobile security,” says AdaptiveMobile’s CEO Brian Collins. He continues: “Our carrier-grade Network Protection Platform protects over 1.3 billion mobile subscribers on a daily basis, and today we extend this expertise to IP-based applications facing the growing threat of abuse, delivering world class security either running as a cloud or on premise in customers’ networks.”

AdaptiveMobile’s Messaging App Security product overview is available at http://www.adaptivemobile.com/products/messaging-security.

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About AdaptiveMobile:
AdaptiveMobile is the world leader in mobile network security protecting over one billion subscribers worldwide and the only mobile security company offering products designed to protect all services on both fixed and mobile networks through in-network and cloud solutions. With deep expertise and a unique focus on network-to-handset security, AdaptiveMobile’s award-winning security solutions provide its customers with advanced threat detection and actionable intelligence, combined with the most comprehensive mobile security products available on the market today. AdaptiveMobile’s sophisticated, revenue-generating, security-as-a-service portfolio empowers consumers and enterprises alike to take greater control of their own security.

AdaptiveMobile was founded in 2004 and boasts some of the world’s largest mobile operators as customers and the leading security and telecom equipment vendors as partners. The Company is headquartered in Dublin with offices in North America, Europe, South Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific.

Press contact:
ACSCom PR (USA)
Anne Coyle, +1 857 222 6363
adaptivemobile@acscompr.com

AxiCom (UK)
James Hayward, +44 (0)20 8392 4050
adaptivemobile@axicom.com

Source: RealWire

Vodafone TV arrives in Ireland

Thu, 21 Jan 2016

  • First-to-Market services: Dedicated Netflix button on remote controls, super-fast channel switching, Restart TV, instant 7-day catch-up and Wireless Multiroom to access recordings from anywhere in the home
  • Streaming on the Vodafone TV Anywhere app included in Vodafone TV package
  • Over 100 TV & Radio channels (HD as standard) delivered through high-end set top device, remote recording via dedicated new mobile app

21st January 2016, Vodafone Ireland today launched TV services for the first time in Ireland. Vodafone TV has all the content and features customers expect from a state-of-the-art TV service with first-to-market extras. TV lovers can catch up, record and restart their favourite programmes at any point with the most versatile and seamless TV experience in the Irish market. Customers can enjoy Netflix from their TV browser or simply at their fingertips with a dedicated button on their remote control. This easy to navigate service, coupled with Vodafone TV’s first-to-market features, provides an unrivalled viewing experience.

Vodafone TV is a premium service available from only €40 per month to all new and existing Vodafone Home (Broadband) customers*. As part of the Vodafone TV service, Vodafone is today launching a new TV Anywhere app where mobile customers can watch their favourite shows while out and about. This service is included in the price of the customer’s Vodafone TV package. Also included in the package, customers can choose six months a) Netflix, b) Setanta Sports pack including BT Sports or c) Free Multiroom.

Research commissioned by Vodafone to mark the launch of Vodafone TV, revealed that viewers in Ireland are changing their viewing habits. One quarter of Irish adults now view TV content on-demand, and a further quarter embrace online streaming to fit into their busy lives. This demonstrates that people now want the flexibility to watch their favourite shows whenever and wherever they want. Vodafone TV enables customers to do just that.

Ciaran Barrett, Head of Consumer Fixed, Vodafone Ireland, commented on the launch, “This is a significant move for Vodafone in the Irish market, offering a full TV service to our customers for the first time. Vodafone TV customers can build their own packages to suit their household needs and enjoy unique features such as Restart TV and Netflix at the touch of a button. We’ve listened to our customers to understand what kind of TV service they want and we believe we are delivering great content with an excellent experience that brings convenience and seamless viewing from the home into the hand.”

Vodafone TV is available to order in retail stores nationwide for further information visit http://www.vodafone.ie/home/tv

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*Notes to Editor:
Vodafone TV is delivered through IPTV i.e. via high-speed broadband. It is available to consumers who have Vodafone Broadband speeds of at least 40mbps. Customers can call into any of Vodafone retail stores to check line speeds for Vodafone TV.

Vodafone TV** is available to all new and existing Vodafone Home (Broadband) customers with Simply Broadband, Home Essentials and Home Unlimited via a new 18 month contract for broadband services for €40 per month for the first six months.

**Vodafone Basic TV package provides a minimum of 55 TV channels, with the add-on of Netflix OR Sports (BT and Setanta Sports) with unlimited broadband and landline calls included for €40 for six months, standard price €70pm thereafter.

Vodafone TV Plus package includes all Basic TV elements with additional channels across kids, Comedy, Eurosport, increased music options plus access to additional documentary channels, with two add-ons included (Netflix OR Sports OR Multi-Room) alongside unlimited broadband and calls for €40 per month for six months, standard price €80per month thereafter. Additional add-on packages for Sky Sports and Sky Movies are also available.

The research referenced in this press release was carried out this month on behalf of Vodafone Ireland via online survey conducted by Amárach Research. Some additional interesting findings from the research identified that Nostalgia for Sunday night Irish TV classics remains strong with almost three in ten people surveyed saying they would like to bring back ‘Love/Hate’ for one night only. The original rural soap ‘Glenroe’ followed a close second with the glamorous Teresa Lowe’s unforgettable ‘Where in the World?’ also featuring in the top five.

Vodafone TV service includes:
Seamlessly access Netflix; Fast Channel Switching – no delays, no loading, no waiting around; Restart TV – the ability to restart a programme at any point; 7 Day Catch Up – scroll through the previous week’s guide to catch up on favourite series’ or missed moments; High Definition as standard; Wireless Multiroom – cable-free access via an extra set top box in any room of the house; Live TV Filter – allowing live preview of what’s on across every channel all on one screen; Personal Profiles – everybody in a household can create a profile of their favourite shows; Play, Pause, Record ­– 300 SD hours of recording space and Vodafone TV Anywhere – catch up on shows or manage recordings across devices through Vodafone’s dedicated App - this service is included in the price of the customer’s TV package.

Further information:
Clodagh O’Hagan, Vodafone Ireland, 087 9084055
Norman Pratt/ Orla Molloy Weber Shandwick, 01 679 8600 / 086 151 8921 / 087 770 5108

About Vodafone
Vodafone is one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies and provides a range of services including voice, messaging, data and fixed communications. Vodafone has mobile operations in 26 countries, partners with mobile networks in 57 more, and fixed broadband operations in 17 markets. As of 30 September 2015, Vodafone had 454 million mobile customers and 12.5 million fixed broadband customers. For more information, please visit: www.vodafone.com

Source: RealWire