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me&you slashes mobile data cost

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South Africa’s recent entrant into the mobile virtual network industry, me&you mobile, has announced that it has reduced its month to month data bundles to R300 for 5GB of mobile data. It has also reduced its 2GB mobile data bundle price from R300 to R250.

The new rates ere implemented from 1 July as part of me&you mobile’s “structured deals”.

As the pioneer of the first truly flexible mobile packages in South Africa, me&you mobile enables users to adapt their packages month-to-month to their changing needs. Bundle top-ups allow users to remain in bundle all the time, without having to overspend on more than they need. “Our in-bundle data rates are highly competitive, especially if you look at our per megabyte rates,” says me&you mobile CEO, Brett Howell. me&you mobile’s data bundles range from 25c/MB all the way down to 6c/MB, depending on the bundle you choose.

The Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) also launched in May with South Africa’s lowest guaranteed voice call rates. me&you mobile offers SA’s lowest in-bundle call rate of 39c per minute, any time of the day to any other network, on its R500/pm in-bundle voice rate package, and offers a R300/pm unlimited talk time package, also for calls to any network, any time of day.

“The beauty of being an MVNO which operates online is that we are lean and able to respond quickly to market demand. When we launched with the R300 Unlimited Talk offer, customers responded by asking us to do something similar for data as well. We saw a huge market demand for well-priced data products and created the 5GB data offering in response. We’ll continue to innovate and launch products that the market is asking for,” says Brett Howell, CEO of me&you mobile.

Howell explains how me&you mobile is able to offer its competitive rates: “We don’t throw millions into marketing, physical stores and other big overheads and are therefore able to pass those savings onto our customers. We also do not have the costs associated with expensive handsets built into our product pricing. “We can see the market’s appreciation for our approach in our performance to date, as we’ve exceeded our targets for the first two months. We’ve had very positive feedback from customers so far. We’ve also seen a very high level of customers choosing to port their numbers to our network, which means they like what they see,” says Howell

me&you mobile offers SIM cards only, to free its customers of the onerous and expensive 24-month contract model, and which allows customers to create their own fully customisable month-to-month packages on the www.meandyoumobile.co.za platform. Sign-up via the website takes only a few minutes, including RICA and number porting. Customer service is facilitated via Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter, email and phone.

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Password managers don’t protect you from hackers

Using a password manager to protect yourself online? Research reveals serious weaknesses…

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Top password manager products have fundamental flaws that expose the data they are designed to protect, rendering them no more secure than saving passwords in a text file, according to a new study by researchers at Independent Security Evaluators (ISE).

“100 percent of the products that ISE analyzed failed to provide the security to safeguard a user’s passwords as advertised,” says ISE CEO Stephen Bono. “Although password managers provide some utility for storing login/passwords and limit password reuse, these applications are a vulnerable target for the mass collection of this data through malicious hacking campaigns.”

In the new report titled “Under the Hood of Secrets Management,” ISE researchers revealed serious weaknesses with top password managers: 1Password, Dashlane, KeePass and LastPass.  ISE examined the underlying functionality of these products on Windows 10 to understand how users’ secrets are stored even when the password manager is locked. More than 60 million individuals 93,000 businesses worldwide rely on password managers. Click here for a copy of the report.

Password managers are marketed as a solution to eliminate the security risks of storing passwords or secrets for applications and browsers in plain text documents. Having previously examined these and other password managers, ISE researchers expected an improved level of security standards preventing malicious credential extraction. Instead ISE found just the opposite. 

Click here to read the findings from the report.

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MWC: Next generation of inflight connectivity to be unveiled

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Next week at Mobile World Congress, the Seamless Air Alliance will reveal progress on its mission towards enabling the next generation of inflight connectivity. This follows a significant start for the Alliance, which has seen membership increase five-fold since the first meeting in June of last year. The Alliance has a new research laboratory setup and continues progress through its three working groups, writing specifications for the technology, requirements, and operations.

These developments represent a huge leap towards the goal of making connectivity as easy and enjoyable in the skies as it is on the ground. Appearing as part of the Airbus stand (Hall 6, stand 6G34), the Seamless Air Alliance will reveal specification topics that have been completed and published to its membership.

“The passenger experience with inflight connectivity remains one of the great technology challenges. From Day One we have been determined to deliver on our mission to bring industries and technologies together to make the inflight internet experience simple to access and a delight to use,” said the Alliance’s Chief Executive Officer, Jack Mandala.

“I have been tremendously encouraged by the enthusiastic and committed response we have seen and the widening areas of expertise we can call upon as more and more companies and organisations continue to join us,” he added.

Announced during MWC 2018, the Seamless Air Alliance has since grown to twenty-three membercompanies with more than one-hundred key personnel from across the membership participating in its three working groups, with numbers continuing to increase.

The Seamless Air Alliance was created by founding members Airbus, Airtel, Delta Air Lines, OneWeb and Sprint, and quickly joined by Air France KLM, Aeromexico, and GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes and global technology leaders including Astronics, Collins Aerospace, Comtech, Cyient, iDirect, Inmarsat, Intelsat, Latecoere, Nokia, and Panasonic. 

Today, the Alliance is pleased to announce five additional new members: Adaptive Channel, Etihad Airways, GlobalReach Technology, Safran, and SITAONAIR.

“We are extremely pleased to have these companies join and be a part of the companies driving the next generation of connectivity.” said Mr Mandala.

The Seamless Air Alliance will enable travelers boarding any flight, on any airline, anywhere in the world, to use their own devices to automatically connect to the Internet with no complicated login process nor paywall to scramble over.

The Alliance is also announcing the release of a new research study on the economic benefit of standardization on the inflight connectivity market at Mobile World Congress. This report is available for download at https://www.seamlessalliance.com/publications/

The Alliance is moving rapidly towards an expected demonstration of the technology later in 2019 and anticipates massive interest in Barcelona from the whole communications eco-system.

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