Category Archives: Security

Sencha tries to solve Web app distribution problems with Sencha Space

Distributing a Web-based application is supposed to be easier than relying on the platform-makers’ app stores. Apple and Google are creating walled gardens, the Web is a bastion of freedom — stop me if you’ve heard this one before. In practice, however, distributing Web-based applications can be even more of a hassle than relying on native ones, especially if the apps are meant to be used only by certain people, such as employees at an enterprise company.

Sencha, an HTML5 framework developer, announced its attempt to solve that problem, Sencha Space. The service, which is available as a beta product and will operate on a freemium model, is both a secure application for Android, iOS, and BlackBerry devices and an administration console that makes it easy to control who gets access to a company’s Web application, and which Web-based apps those people are able to use on their devices.

via PandoDaily.

LinkedIn Intro: Hack Here For Juicy Data

LinkedIn’s new Intro service has put up a big sign advertising to cyber criminals, nation states and others ‘hack here, we’ve got loads of juicy data’. The architecture of its new service is innovative but compromises your security and privacy in ways you really should care about. Oh, and whilst I am at it, I’ll have a dig at Apple AAPL +0.41% for putting LinkedIn in this position in the first place. So how does it work?

The new service proudly announced on the LinkedIn blog integrates with the Apple iOS native mail application to provide integrated details about the contact you are conversing with. Neat idea. What is interesting however is that LinkedIn has succeeded in integrating into the native Apple Mail application, an impressive feat of engineering given how intensely Apple restricts its applications and operating system ecosystem (more on the pros and cons of that later).

via Forbes.

Using NFC, IBM brings dual-factor authentication to mobile

ZURICH, Switzerland — Banks and major Web sites often combine passwords with people’s phones to offer more secure two-factor authentication when logging onto a service with a PC. But what happens when you’re logging on using a phone?

With a new approach IBM started touting today, NFC, or near-field communications, will fill the void.

NFC wireless links can be used to let people exchange contact information by bumping phones together or to pay for products by waving a phone close to a payment terminal, but it also can be used to enable dual-factor authentication in the mobile device era, said said Diego Ortiz-Yepes, a security and encryption researcher at IBM Research in Zurich.

via CNET News.