Evan Schuman

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Evan Schuman has covered IT issues for a lot longer than he'll ever admit. The founding editor of retail technology site StorefrontBacktalk, he's been a columnist for CBSNews.com, RetailWeek, Computerworld and eWeek and his byline has appeared in titles ranging from BusinessWeek, VentureBeat and Fortune to The New York Times, USA Today, Reuters, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Baltimore Sun, The Detroit News and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Evan can be reached at eschuman@thecontentfirm.com and he can be followed at twitter.com/eschuman. Look for his blog twice a week.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Evan Schuman and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

Mobile security: Worse than you thought

Mobile security: Worse than you thought

The latest Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report eloquently argues that aside from wireless, the form factor of mobile in and of itself poses security risks.

When does protecting privacy morph into invading privacy?

When does protecting privacy morph into invading privacy?

Employees and consumers are being more careful about sharing information that goes beyond strict need-to-know. We ran into one company that seems to not get that.

How bad can text security be? One company just showed us.

How bad can text security be? One company just showed us.

A massive number of text messages were stored in plaintext, with no security at all.

Facebook's iOS 'bug' secretly filmed users. IT, take note.

Facebook's iOS 'bug' secretly filmed users. IT, take note.

And a very different bug, planted by cyberthieves, presents even more frightening camera-spying issues with Android.

Mobile security perceptions don't approach reality. And that's a problem.

Mobile security perceptions don't approach reality. And that's a problem.

The best security approaches — such as continuous authentication — are invisible to the user and therefore frictionless. That's good in practice, but it can be bad in terms of customer perception. If they don't see it, they assume...

A revealing iPhone 11 headache

A revealing iPhone 11 headache

Sometimes, a mobile glitch is indicative of a much more pervasive issue. Our columnist's recent iPhone 11 iTunes headache perfectly illustrates how Apple's heralded focus on customer experience falls apart when doing upgrades.

The courts have ruled: Mobile sites must be accessible. But why did enterprises ever resist?

The courts have ruled: Mobile sites must be accessible. But why did enterprises ever resist?

Although this decision should end the debate and make it clear to companies that sites must be coded to be fully compatible—and, no, throwing in a toolbar option doesn't do it—it's astounding that companies ever resisted it.

IoT dangers demand a dedicated group

IoT dangers demand a dedicated group

The internet of things brings with it a wide range of IT security headaches, along with compliance nightmares — and turf wars.

Can an Apple Watch prevent fatal car accidents? It just might.

Can an Apple Watch prevent fatal car accidents? It just might.

A new study questions the efficacy of car accident-avoidance systems, but it's possible that a simple smartwatch might be part of the solution.

Almost half of tested free Android antivirus apps fail. That might prove very useful to IT.

Almost half of tested free Android antivirus apps fail. That might prove very useful to IT.

In BYOD environments, users tend to supplement corporate security programs with free versions. That is a remarkably bad idea, and one analyst report suggests a way to stop it.

In mobile, does IT want more control or less work?

In mobile, does IT want more control or less work?

Would changing mobile warranty rules be a good or bad thing for enterprise IT?

Message to IT: Trusting Apple and Google for mobile app security is career suicide

Message to IT: Trusting Apple and Google for mobile app security is career suicide

Ready for the mobile security news that IT doesn't want to hear about but needs to? When security firm Positive Technologies started pen testing various mobile apps, security holes were rampant.

That malware with its own backdoor into Android's framework? Don't worry; Google's on it. (Gulp!)

That malware with its own backdoor into Android's framework? Don't worry; Google's on it. (Gulp!)

Google confirmed that cyberthieves had managed to pre-install malware into the Android framework backdoor. In short, the malware appeared to be blessed by Google at the deepest point within Android.

Forrester: Bank mobile apps frustrating, confusing

Forrester: Bank mobile apps frustrating, confusing

Mobile banking should be effortless, but Forrester Research says far too many banks offer frustrating apps and give little thought to how consumers should interact with their financial institutions.

Why I now hate my Apple Watch slightly less

Why I now hate my Apple Watch slightly less

The Apple Watch is still a wonderful device that has maddening flaws. But we have now found some unpublicized ways around some of those flaws. Watch life is now slightly better.

Why I've learned to hate my Apple Watch

Why I've learned to hate my Apple Watch

In a perfect world, the Apple Watch Series 4 could be great. With a few easy settings, a glance at the watch would deliver time, temperature, the dial-in details for your next appointment or many other things that would be helpful....

Massive bank app security holes: You might want to go back to that money under the mattress tactic

Massive bank app security holes: You might want to go back to that money under the mattress tactic

A new report from a well-regarded payments consulting firm has found a lengthy list of security insanity while examining several major fintech company mobile apps.

Apple is learning why shortcut security is a bad idea

Apple is learning why shortcut security is a bad idea

With its enterprise developer certificate program, Apple chose convenience over security. You can guess what happened.

With latest mobile security hole, could we at least focus on the right things?

With latest mobile security hole, could we at least focus on the right things?

A bunch of apps from some major players were recently tripped up by a security/privacy hole from a third-party analytics app. But everyone is focusing on the wrong lesson.

Next Android OS might allow app downgrade. This is a BIG deal.

Next Android OS might allow app downgrade. This is a BIG deal.

Making apps downgradable would give IT just a little of its environment controls back. Just a little bit, but it's a start.

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