This week: Yahoo announces 2014 hack, Apple and Cisco make iOS 10 enterprise-friendly and Comcast slates mobile service for 2017 launch.
Yahoo Hit in Worst Hack Ever
This week, Yahoo announced it was the target of the worst user-data hack ever. Over 500 million accounts were compromised. Worse yet, it happened two years ago. While the initial attack occurred in 2014, Yahoo only recently discovered the data breech during the investigation of an unrelated incident. Since uncovering the attack, Yahoo has taken steps to stem the bleeding, such as invalidating personal security questions and answers as these were compromised. However, the real threat lies in stolen data, such as passwords, telephone numbers and dates of birth, which can be used to access external user accounts.
Read more on Yahoo’s major security lapse at CNET.
Apple Takes on the Enterprise with iOS 10
Continuing its focus on befriending the enterprise, Apple recently announced new iOS 10 functionality for Cisco network users. The two companies have collaborated to add several elements of enterprise functionality for iOS devices. Now using a new recognition protocol, Cisco networks can better connect the device to the wireless access point with the strongest relative signal. In addition, enterprise IT teams can now whitelist business-critical mobile apps. Cisco networks will then prioritize data traffic from these identified apps over data flow from non-essential apps, ensuring data priorities marry business priorities.
Comcast to Launch its Mobile Service in 2017
The pool of mobile carriers looks set to grow deeper in 2017. Comcast recently confirmed it will debut mobile service some time in 2017. Initially, the company will roll out its WiFi-based wireless service, which uses Comcast’s 15 million WiFi locations in conjunction with airwaves leased from Verizon Wireless. Currently, the company looks poised to be the first cable company to buy capacity on other wireless carriers’ networks and resell services under its own brand.
Consumers in Search of a Simpler Loyalty Program; is Mobile the Answer?
In a recent report from 3Cinteractive, 70 percent of consumers said they avoid loyalty programs as a result of a cumbersome sign-up process. That same number said they would join if they could do so via text. This poses the opportunity for developers and marketers to collaborate on how to simplify the registration process and deliver a more convenient experience to consumers via their mobile devices.
15 Design Tips to Nail your Mobile eCommerce Website
With retailers constantly yearning for that elusive omnichannel experience, company leadership often turns to their team of developers to make these dreams come to life. However, the rules of eCommerce are constantly changing, particularly for mobile devices. To help, Entrepreneur released its 15 tips to hammer home a user-friendly mobile eCommerce platform. The article covers a few of the basics (e.g. simplify navigation) and a few that fly under the radar (e.g. design a thumb-navigable site).