Some Applications For Phones Steal Personal Information

Now you must be very careful with applications that add to our phones, identification of the mobile phone, localization, passwords, contacts and many other data are sent by applications that attract us attention and downloaded, which then give or sell that information to other companies. The popular game Angry Birds is one of those applications that steals information. The newspaper The Wall Street Journal reviewed thoroughly 101 applications for iPhone and teams Android, including video games. This newspaper found that 56 of 101 applications transmitting the ID cellular companies without the user’s consent, 47 were sending mobile location and 5 revealed age. These were some of the results of the study carried out in teams with iOS and Android. This study left quite annoying to users of Apple thus many of them initiated legal action against the developer companies. Similarly, the theft of data for purposes of marketing is increasingly common. The companies he serves them a lot to know that it is what you like to the public without even spending a dime in surveys and others.

The case most appointed by the journal was that of Angry Birds, popular game released for many mobile platforms. A mobile security company says that many free apps for iPhone and Android, which were downloaded by millions of users, pose serious privacy risks. Applications collected private data from mobile phones and upload them to remote Web sites. The grave violation of privacy and security was announced in this year Edition of the Security Conference Black Hat, which currently takes place in Las Vegas, near Lookout (formerly known as Flexilis), a company of San Francisco for development of security for smartphones and data backup solutions. The conclusions are based on the investigation of the company, called the App Genome Project, which involves analyzing 300,000 iPhone and Android apps for signs of threats. According to Lookout, 33% of free iPhone applications and 29% of Ando You can access the user’s location at any given time, while 14% and 8% respectively can navigate through your contacts.

Many do so with little or no warning to the user and some even without the knowledge of the developer. For example, an application of wallpaper of Android, which was downloaded by million users, was discovered to access confidential data and upload them to a server in Shenzhen, China. MobileBeat advises that the application is developed by a company called Jackeey Wallpaper and the collected information is text messages, browsing history, name of the Subscriber, SIM card numbers, as well as passwords for voice mail. This is not the only application of its kind that violates the privacy of the user in such a way, and while the majority of the collected data is mainly used in targeted advertising, can theoretically also be abused by identity theft. Many of the offending applications are dedicated to this type of activities through third-party code integrated into them. Many developers implement advertising kits in their free applications in order to obtain some income and these kits are mainly responsible for the violations of privacy. Lookout discovered that 23% of free iPhone applications contain some kind of third-party code, while the percentage for Android is 47%.