Industry News 11/10/18

11 October 2018

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Each week at Rokk we will be looking at the news stories from the world of software and app development in the digital marketplace. From technology developments to new market insights and trends; you can find the news in brief here.

Instagram increases security with app-based two-factor authentication

Instagram announced this week an app-based two-factor authentication (2FA) feature which will allow users to further verify their logins. The new feature means that users can add an additional security layer to protect their Instagram accounts, alongside their password, by creating a code in a third-party Authentication app such as Google Authenticator. Previously the photo-sharing platform only offered SMS based authentication, which has been criticised for leaving users at risk of SIM hacking. An app-based 2FA is a more secure and safer option: with cyber hacking now a question of when, not if, using 2FA is crucial for deterring hackers and safeguarding users’ private information.

Google cancels its experimental app, Reply

At the beginning of the year Google launched a beta version of a Smart Reply messaging app, which allowed users to formulate automatic replies in other messaging apps such as Facebook Messenger and Slack. However, the experiment has since come to an end with the tech firm announcing the phasing out of the app. In a message to beta users Google said the app might be usable for the next few months, however bugs could hinder the performance of Reply. The app, which was designed for use in conjunction with third-party messaging platforms, did face criticism over the quality of the smart replies with some finding the phrases uninteresting and too generic. Google has said that it will learn from the Reply app and incorporate some of its features into other products.

WhatsApp resolves video call hacking bug

WhatsApp has reportedly resolved a vulnerability in their messaging app which would allow hackers to infiltrate users’ video calls. The bug was first identified in August by Google’s security research team, Project Zero. This particular flaw meant that the Android and iOS versions of WhatsApp, which use RTP for video conferencing, could be corrupted when accepting incoming video calls. Google Project Zero specialise in locating software security bugs, discreetly reporting these to companies with a 90-day disclosure deadline to either acknowledge or resolve the vulnerability, before making the report visible to the public.

New report finds CIOs struggling to maintain their digital solutions

IT workers are spending at least 50% of their time on software maintenance, hindering their efforts to modernise. This is one of the findings from research revealed by CAST, the Software Intelligence provider, this week. CAST’s study looked at the state of enterprise IT systems amongst 500 CIOs, software architects and application owners, investigating the health of business software and how far digital applications are supporting business objectives. It appears that IT systems are still heavily reliant upon complex legacy software with over 50% of IT teams running a quarter of their applications on legacy systems, which staff struggle to understand. 70% of CIOs further find their team spending the majority of their time locating the root cause of system problems before they are able to fix them. Lev Lesokhin, EVP of Strategy and Analytics at CAST, said these obstacles make it harder for businesses to “digitally transform.”