Apple Just Added Ripple (XRP) to iOS Stocks Application, Propy to Accept XRP as well


For a while, there have been certain indications that Ripple was soon to team up with Apple Inc, a tech titan. Now, all the XRP holders, as well as supporters of cryptos, will be more than happy to be aware of the fact that this deal has finally come through. In fact, Apple has managed to integrate the Interledger technology used by Ripple into its own database. Apple’s decision to include XRP to an app for iOS is primarily designed in such a way that it is easier to track stocks as well as stock exchanges. Before this wonderful news had come through, it was previously announced that Propy Inc, decided to add XRP as a new payment option for all their customers.

Even though Ripple isn’t added as a method of payment for the products available in the app store, Ripple managed to get included by Apple and is part of one of their apps now. Apple has added XRP as a mode of payment for the app- iOS Stocks on its app store. iOS Stock is a popular app that enables the users to track their stocks along with the concerned stock exchanges and now Ripple has been accepted as the latest mode of payment.
The first collaboration between Apple and XRP was when the former added the XRP ledger to Apple Pay (among the first apps by Apple that support mobile payments) and the second collaboration is when Apple decided to incorporate the XRP ledger with another app. If this development is anything to go by, then it certainly seems like Apple will soon come up with some other use for this technology.

Propy Inc, is a popular service that enables their users to search for great properties within the Silicon Valley. In fact, it is the popular notion that this platform offers all the great properties that are available within this area. The two cryptocurrencies that were already added to Propy Inc’s payment gateway were Bitcoins and Ethereum. Now, it has gone a step further and added XRP to it as well.

Now, the users at both Apple and Propy Inc, can start using XRP for real-time settlement of transactions anywhere across the globe. All these new collaborations for XRP have helped increase its value against the dollar and are increasing its visibility as well. Not just that, seeing two popular companies using this crypto is certainly an encouragement for other companies to start using XRP as well.
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Thousands of Mobile Apps Expose Their Unprotected Firebase Hosted Databases

Recently, the researchers dealing with mobile security stumbled across thousands of unprotected Firebase databases on iOS and Android mobile apps that make over 100 million data records vulnerable. These records include user IDs, passwords, location and in some cases it even critical financial data like banking records and even transactions made in cryptocurrency were easily available.

The Firebase is a very popular service offered by Google that serves as a back-end platform for the development of mobile as well as web apps that provides the developers with a cloud-based database. All the data is stored within this database in the JSON format and can be connected with the clients in a real-time basis.

Appthority is a mobile security firm and the researchers at this firm stumbled across the mistake that a lot of app developers make, and this mistake was their failure to protect their back-end endpoints on Firebase with the necessary firewalls and validation. This simple point that was overlooked by the developers makes several dozens of gigabytes of vital data about the customers vulnerable and in fact, it can be easily accessed by anyone who knows what they are looking for.

Firebase provides an API server and the attackers can merely gain access to it by adding a simple “/. json” along with the name of a blank database toward the end of the hostname.

To check the extent of this problem, researchers randomly scanned more than 2.5 million apps and they discovered that 3000 apps (about 2450 Android and the rest were iOS) had holes in their security that effectively caused them to leak over 2300 databases containing more than 100 million records. All this amounts to over 110 gigabytes of data that was now vulnerable to hacking. In fact, the Android apps that were regarded to be vulnerable were downloaded over 600 million times.

These apps belonged to different categories like finance, educational institutions, lifestyle, fitness, health, cryptocurrency and so on.
The researchers are of the opinion that all this is happening because the Firebase service provided by Google doesn’t have a default setting to secure the user data and the developers need to consciously implement a user authentication protocol on their entire databases to safeguard them and prevent the scope of any unauthorized access. Also, the lack of any third-party tools to provide encryption merely increase the vulnerability of all the data that is stored within.

Researchers have contacted Google with a list of vulnerable apps and are now working together with other app developers to fix this security breach.
 
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Android Gets New Anti-Spoofing Feature to Make Biometric Authentication Secure

Google recently announced that it will add a brand-new anti-spoofing feature to its Android operating system that will increase the security of the biometric authentication system.

Fingerprint, face or IRIS technology are a part of the system of biometric authentication. These features simplify the process of unlocking a device and several applications. Not only are they quick, but they ensure security as well. biometric systems certainly aren’t infallible. There have been several instances in the past wherein the biometric scanners fell victims to spoofing attacks. In fact, it is quite easy to fool these security systems.
So, Google’s announcement of an anti-spoofing feature will improve the security of these biometric features that are available on Android. Also, this enhanced feature will enable the app developers to seamlessly integrate this new safety feature into the apps while ensuring that the user’s data stays safe.

At present, the authentication system on Android uses two different metrics and they are FAR (False Reject Rate) and FAR (False Accept Rate), along with different techniques of machine learning to gauge the accuracy as well as the precision of the input fed by the user.

There are certain times when the biometric model might falsely classify an incorrect input as the intentional target of the user, and this is determined by the FAR. On the other hand, FRR denotes the number of times the biometric model has falsely classified the user’s input as being incorrect even though it was correct.

For the sake of convenience, there are certain biometric scanners that allow authentication of users with a rather high rate of false-acceptances and this leaves the device vulnerable to spoofing attacks. To fix this issue, apart from the usual metrics of FAR and FRR, Google has introduced SAR (Spoof Accept Rate) and IAR (Impostor Accept Rate) too strengthen the biometric authentication system.

All these metrics help measure the ease with which an attacker can bypass the system of biometric authentication.

According to the biometric input of the user, the values of SAR/IAR metric can be defined as strong (values equal to or less than 7) or a weak biometric (value is higher than 7). If these values can be categorized as a weak biometric while the user unlocks the device or an app, then Android P will apply an alternate authentication system. The device may prompt the user re-enters the PIN, pattern, password or even try the biometric again. This new mechanism will certainly improve the security of the user’s data.
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Mobile Apps Are Musts for Most Brands, as Long as Users Like Them

Mobile apps are quite important for a brand, but they will not do the brand any good until the users like them. Apps are certainly invaluable since they help track the customer’s interests by accessing the browsing and buying activity along with a lot of other data. All this data helps the companies to customize their promotional content to entice the user. In fact, a lot of brands tend to offer discounts and giveaways to attract new users. however, if you want the customers to keep coming back for more, then there are certain other things that you must consider.

The app that is offered must solve some problem or stratify a customer’s need. The app needs to provide a sense of purpose to the user. If this is missing, then the user will not think twice before uninstalling the app.

The app needs to create a unique value to its users. Time, speed and convenience are the key factors that a user looks for in an app. If the app doesn’t meet any of these criteria, then the users will not favor it.

The app must focus on one core feature. The apps that are developed keeping this in mind ensure that the user has a clutter-free experience. The purpose that the app serves must be delivered better than its competitors.

The user experience is one thing that plays a major role in the success of the app that you develop. Efficiency is one thing that all users crave. An app that is difficult to use or navigate will certainly cost you user’s loyalty. The app must be user-friendly, easy to navigate and even visually attractive.

If you want the app to be successful and you want to increase its reach, then you must ensure that the app is available on all platforms. In fact, the two most important platforms that app must be available on are iOS and Android. If the users cannot find the app on their respective app stores, how can they download or use it?

It is also a good idea to enable the app for offline functioning. Apart from this, the app needs to be able to maintain high performance. An average user will not attempt to use a problematic or poorly functioning app more than twice or thrice. So, you need to ensure that the app works flawlessly.

There are hundreds of similar apps out there and if the companies want to increase the popularity of their apps, they need to spend some time and effort to create an app that the user enjoys.

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