Report: Businesses at risk from unreported mobile device theft

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Part of a company embracing mobile devices is ensuring tools are in place to remotely wipe sensitive data from a smartphone or tablet if it is lost or stolen. A new study from Kaspersky Lab identifies an obvious and concerning fact, though—those tools offer little value if the missing device isn’t reported.

Kaspersky Lab surveyed nearly 4,000 IT professionals regarding mobile device security concerns. The results illustrate the challenges facing IT managers and an apparent disregard among users for securing mobile devices or protecting business data.

When a smartphone or tablet is lost or stolen, every minute counts. If the device wasn't locked at the time of its loss or theft, whoever is in possession of it may still be able to access the applications and data it contains. IT personnel can only take steps to lock down the device and erase sensitive data if they know the device has been compromised in the first place.

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Don’t blame iCloud yet for hacked celebrity nudes

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Over the Labor Day weekend, hackers leaked nude images of a number of celebrities including "Hunger Games" star Jennifer Lawrence. The images appear to have been acquired from Apple’s iCloud. So, iCloud is obviously insecure and everyone should stop using it—right?

Let's just cool our jets. Yes, iCloud appears to have played a role in at least some of the hacked nude celebrity images, but details are still too sketchy to start connecting dots that indict the entire Apple cloud storage service.

Apple has issued a statement confirming that certain celebrity iCloud accounts were compromised but notes, "None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple's systems including iCloud or Find my iPhone. We are continuing to work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved."

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5 reasons a small Windows tablet might be in your future

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There are a number of smaller Windows tablets hitting the shelves now from Microsoft OEM partners and more on the horizon. At face value it seems like a late attempt by the Windows ecosystem to get in on the mobile device game. The reality, though, is that Microsoft can still capture a respectable—possibly dominant—stake of the tablet market.

I can hear the uproar already, but let's look at why that might not be so crazy. Here are five reasons a small Windows tablet makes sense, and why you might find yourself owning one very soon.

1. Functionality

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Rumored 12.9-inch iPad could be better for business productivity

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Apple is reportedly planning to launch a 12.9-inch version of the iconic iPad tablet sometime in early 2015. A larger iPad could be a more effective tool for mobile business users, but only if Apple also addresses a few other issues.

A bigger iPad makes sense on a few levels. Samsung, Apple’s chief rival in mobile devices, already offers a larger tablet. And Microsoft recently bumped its Surface Pro tablet from 9.7 inches to 12.2 inches. Smaller tablets like the iPad Mini or the Google Nexus 7 fill a need, but when it comes to real-world productivity, bigger is better.

A larger iPad also seems logical given Apple’s new partnership with IBM to target enterprise customers. 

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Report: Consumers concerned about online threats but do little to protect themselves

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Remember banking before the Internet? You received printed bank statements in the mail and had to manually reconcile the information with the written register in your checkbook. I don’t miss it, but I also recognize the convenience of accessing my financial data through a bank website comes with some serious security considerations. According to a new consumer survey from Kaspersky Labs, I am not alone.

Kaspersky conducted an online survey between May and June of this year and gathered information from users in 23 countries around the world. The findings were eye opening.

First, more than three fourths of the survey respondents use multiple devices and/or platforms to connect to the Internet. More than a quarter indicated they actually prefer to access the Internet from a tablet or smartphone, and nine out of 10 revealed they store sensitive information on all of their devices.

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Your living room is vulnerable to cyber attacks

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At the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas earlier this month, researchers demonstrated how a Nest thermostat can be hacked, to show how easily connected appliances—the household technologies that make up the Internet of Things—can be compromised. When you look beyond the demo's hyperbolic headlines, it turns out the hack requires physical access to the Nest device, but the questions remains, “How vulnearable is IoT?”

To find out, David Jacoby, a security researcher with Kaspersky Lab, hacked his own living room. 

In a blog post detailing the exercise, Jacoby describes the array of connected devices in his home. He has two different NAS (network-attached storage) units, a smart TV, satellite receiver, printer, and the router from his Internet provider. Aside from the NAS units, it's all technology you can find in just about any house.

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Report: Android gaining on iOS in enterprise

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Most businesses have embraced mobile technologies, but many are still on the low end of the mobile maturity curve. Good Technology has published its second-quarter Mobility Index Report, and it reveals some interesting trends regarding the mobile platforms and apps businesses are deploying.

Good Technology aggregated data from customers around the world and monitored app and device activations to determine overall trends, as well as which platforms and apps are most popular among Good customers. 

According to the report, iOS accounted for 88 percent of app activations. As impressive as that is, it represents a 4 percent drop from the previous quarter. That drop in iOS apps was swallowed up by Android, which claimed 12 percent of the enterprise app activations this quarter.

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