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83% Of Mobile Apps Are Risky

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Summer 2013 App Reputation Report to examine the hidden behaviors behind free and paid mobile apps

 

The cloud-based, fully automated Appthority App Risk Management Service performed static, dynamic and behavioral app analysis on the 400 most popular free and paid apps on the iOS and Android platforms.

 

  

Appthority analyzed each app for particular behaviors within a test environment

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Highlights from the App Reputation Report are:

 

- Overall, 83% of the most popular apps are associated with security risks and privacy issues.

 

- iOS apps exhibited more risky behaviors than Android apps. 91% of iOS apps exhibit at least one risky behavior, as compared to 80% of Android apps.

 

- 95% of the top free apps and 77.5% of the top paid apps exhibited at least one risky behavior.

 

- 78% of the most popular free Android apps identify the user's ID (UDID).

 

- Even though Apple prohibits its developers from accessing the UDID, 5.5% of the tested iOS apps still do.

 

- 72% of the top free apps track for the user's location, compared to 41% of paid apps.

 

- Although paid apps already generate revenue when downloaded, 59% of paid iOS and 24% of paid Android apps still support in-app purchasing.

 

- Furthermore, 39% of paid iOS and 16% of paid Android apps still share data with ad networks.

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/apps-for-any-use-mostly-for-education-and-free

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/apple-mac-ios4-ipad-iphone-and-in-security

 

 

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Security Firm Finds Bevy Of Mobile Vulnerabilities, Serious Lapses

Security Firm Finds Bevy Of Mobile Vulnerabilities, Serious Lapses | Apps and Widgets for any use, mostly for education and FREE | Scoop.it
Security firm Cenzic said it found serious mobile application vulnerabilities, such as dangerous Web service errors, in an analysis of the mobile apps it reviewed in 2012.

 

An analysis of the thousands of applications reviewed by Web application security firm Cenzic found serious lapses in judgment resulting in gaping holes that could be used by an attacker to siphon off sensitive data from smartphone and tablet owners.

 

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An analysis of the thousands of applications reviewed by Web application security firm Cenzic found serious lapses in judgment resulting in gaping holes that could be used by an attacker to siphon off sensitive data from smartphone and tablet owners.

 

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Gust MEES's curator insight, March 7, 2013 5:49 PM

 

An analysis of the thousands of applications reviewed by Web application security firm Cenzic found serious lapses in judgment resulting in gaping holes that could be used by an attacker to siphon off sensitive data from smartphone and tablet owners.


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Mobile app downloads doubling, privacy & identity risks rise

Mobile app downloads doubling, privacy & identity risks rise | Apps and Widgets for any use, mostly for education and FREE | Scoop.it
Mobile app downloads are doubling and the apps are getting “smarter”, but the cost to users may well be a threat to their privacy and the potential sh...

 

“While these apps make our lives easier, they also give a wider group of application developers and advertising networks the ability to collect information about our activities and leverage the functionality of our devices.

 

According to Hoffman, more concerning is that many apps collect information or require permissions unnecessary for the described functionality of the app. He says this is not the first time this issue has surfaced, with reports of popular apps collecting irrelevant information or transmitting data when devices are turned off leading to significant backlash.

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/apps-for-any-use-mostly-for-education-and-free

 

http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2012/11/05/naivety-in-the-digital-age/

 

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http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/market/57270-mobile-app-downloads-doubling-privacy--identity-risks-rise

 

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DroidSheep Guard - Applications Android - CyberSecurity

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DroidSheep Guard protects your phone from DroidSheep, Faceniff & other hijackers DroidSheep Guard protects your phone from Tools like DroidSheep, Faceniff and other Se...
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Awareness and Protection!!!

 

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Awareness and Protection!!!


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Don't you just love mobile apps? So do malicious code writers

Don't you just love mobile apps? So do malicious code writers | Apps and Widgets for any use, mostly for education and FREE | Scoop.it
There are some surprising numbers available that tell a dark story about mobile apps and what they can be doing on your device.

 

By now you've read about malicious apps that leak privacy data, but do you realize how serious it really is? If not, you'd better pay attention to the following statistics gathered by Symantec*. And if you think that Google Play is 100% safe, it isn't. I have some data that yields some shocking results about the number of malicious apps waiting to grab your data.

 

===> Unfortunately, the playing surface for Internet naughtiness has changed in the past couple of years and you need to know that it's only getting worse. <===

 

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===> Unfortunately, the playing surface for Internet naughtiness has changed in the past couple of years and you need to know that it's only getting worse. <===

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/apps-for-any-use-mostly-for-education-and-free

 

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Gust MEES's curator insight, March 4, 2013 11:01 AM

 

===> Unfortunately, the playing surface for Internet naughtiness has changed in the past couple of years and you need to know that it's only getting worse. <===

 

Check also:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/apps-for-any-use-mostly-for-education-and-free

 

alistairm 's curator insight, March 5, 2013 3:35 AM

Oh dear - the world of technology seems to be one step forward two steps back but these issues are important especially of we are going to be using mobile devices in education and promoting BYOD approaches.

alistairm 's comment, March 19, 2013 4:39 AM
Thanks all