Preparing for the Social Internet of Things – AVG

Industry figures show that it took 25 years for the first 2.5 billion people to get online. And it’s predicted this number of connections will double in as little as the next five years. Here, Judith Bitterli, Chief Marketing Officer at AVG Technologies shares her thoughts from MEF Global Forum 2014 - plus check out an exclusive interview with Judith recorded in San Francisco, as she speaks with Hot Topics Exec Editor Tim Green for MEFTV. Much of this growth will be via mobile devices, especially from the emerging markets where the infrastructure is largely mobile. In fact researchers tell us … [Read more...]

Mobile banking, the safe way – AVG

Judith Bitterli, Chief Marketing Officer at AVG Technologies explores the rising popularity of mobile banking and presents some simple rules for keeping your financial information safe, and your phone protected. More American adults now bank online than don’t. As of last year, Pew Research Institute found 51% banked online. Increasingly that means mobile banking. In it’s 2013 study, Pew found that 32% of US adults, and 35% of cell phone owners, bank using their mobile phones. Particularly during summer travel time, many of us are likely to do more of our banking, bill paying and, even, … [Read more...]

Industry Views: The Blackphone – the phone for the privacy conscious consumer in a data driven world?

Last week the newest addition to the smartphone market, the Blackphone started shipping to security conscious consumers -  the initial stock was quickly sold out. The phone trades on its advanced security features, with a customised Android operating system and a suite of privacy-optimised software including encrypted VoIP; 'Silent Text', for secure messaging; and 'Silent Contacts', for an encrypted contact list that other apps can't access. Here we've asked for views from MEF members and the wider mobile industry on the smartphone market's latest entrant and why mobile privacy is such a … [Read more...]

MEF CTIA Panel explores the future of m-Commerce

MEF hosted an excellent panel at CTIA last week featuring a line-up of expert panelists including Todd Daubert of Dentons, Samsung's Steve Cho, John Giamatteo of AVG, Todd Mazurek of Blackberry, Tim Ritchie of Openmarket and Patrick Parodi of WifiName Corp. Fiona Gellatly, MEF North America General Manager was there to moderate... The topic of MEF's CTIA panel was "M-Commerce: What the Future Holds for Retailers, Brands and Content Owners" and the conversation immediately focused in on key areas: security, privacy and consumer adoption of commerce on a mobile phone.   With recent … [Read more...]

10 things you need to know about mobile security – Omri Sigelman, AVG

Every week, we ask our members to sum up everything we need to know about a given topic in 10 easy to digest morsels.  This week  Omri Sigelman  from internet and mobile security provider, AVG Technologies, shines a light on mobile security. Everyone knows about the stratospheric growth of mobile usage throughout the world, but what is often overlooked is that as smartphone use is growing, so are the threats targeted at mobile users. Technology research firm Gartner is predicting that Smartphone sales in 2013 will hit 1 billion units, and while consumers clearly love them, there’s a lack … [Read more...]

MEF participates in AVG Mobile Security Forum

Following the publication of last month's Global Privacy Report, MEF's Simon Bates was invited to participate in AVG's Mobile Security Forum, held during Mobile World Congress, watch the roundup video of the event below. MEF's report, supported by AVG Technologies, reveals consumer attitudes towards the use of their personal information by mobile app providers, scrutinising four key factors of privacy, Transparency, Comfort, Security and Control, and is available for MEF members to download for free, while an executive summary outlining the key points is available for all. … [Read more...]