06 August 2010

Got an App for Violating Your Privacy?!

Before you download another "app for that," you may want to delve into how your number and other personal information is shared by these apps. The ease of use of these sophisticated communication devices, such as iPhone, Android and Blackberry, as well as the plethora of applications available, may be blinding users to privacy issues.


MediaPost Publications Mobile Apps Leak Consumer Data 08/02/2010-read complete article
Up to four million consumers of Android phones have downloaded wallpaper apps that take personal data from the phone and transmit it to a Chinese-owned server. A pair of developers created more than 80 wallpaper apps, including "callmejack" and "IceskYsl@1sters!" that have accessed personal data. One application sent data to a Web site in Shenzhen, China.

Lookout, a mobile security data company, found that dozens of Android applications (millions of downloads) often transmit confidential information without the user being aware of it. Information such as cell phone number, voice mail phone number, PIN and serial number of SIM card.

Lookout also scanned nearly 300,000 free applications for the Apple iPhone and other phones built around Google's Android software. Many of these applications also transmit personal data as well. Mobile apps on other platforms, including BlackBerry and Symbian, can also potentially gather sensitive data.


27 comments:

Dean Saliba said...

I'm too poor for an iphone. Good job as well because i'd probably spend all my money downloading these apps.

I'm assuming you have to pay for them?

Wendy.B said...

Dean, some apps are free, but for most of them you have to pay $5, $10. Anyway, so many transactions are happening on the Internet (eBay, Amazon, iTunes), and if these data bases are stolen, then we have a big issue. Security on Internet is one of the most problematic issue today.

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James said...

Very interesting as many of them use your GPS to locate where you are in order to populate the data needed.

Them knowing your position is probably the scariest of all!

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Jeff said...

Yeah thanks wor letting me know

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Patrick Baker said...

Privacy is really important to everyone. There should be no risks about it, so everyone should be aware what application are you having.

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Your never safe now days, as soon as a bit piece of technology takes off there is always an exploit or something that captures data one way or another.

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Now a days there are many technologies introduce but all have a one big issue of privacy. I think this application is very dangerous for any country. This application increase terrorism and many other problems.

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ted said...

Wow NOT cool but no one should be surprised. If there is a way to steal info, someone will figure out a way to do it.

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Great article. As for me, I purchased many apps for my new iphone 4 but luckily nothing happened to me yet *knock on wood*.

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i am using iphone.and i must say its a good apps.but its a problem that the most of the apps costs $5,$10,$15.whatever nice writting.keep it up dude.

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