Monday, May 1, 2017

Insecure Apps that Open Ports Leave Millions of Smartphones at Risk of Hacking

This is a problem that is only getting worse, apps are notorious for being written quickly and with security either not addressed or poorly addressed. From small firms that want to get onto the app rage and either try and build them themselves or hire a small fly by night firm to build it. Not only do they all to often have security vulnerabilities, they also want to collect as much data from you that they can then sell. Two app firms explain that if you have them build your app they can help you sell the data collected to vendors that can use it. In one case the apps company built apps that had some feature that people may like, and then sell the whole app to companies that target users with those interests. I find it difficult to believe that someone has not filed suite against many of these apps, for privacy violations, or security vulnerabilities. When you gather data and then leave the data vulnerable normally legal action will take place. When it happens a lot of apps are going to be pulled off the internet. This includes some very big names like United Airlines, even games. To many are of the belief that their privacy statements they required to be read. Once a negligence lawsuit blows by that defense, which it will, then the rest will fall as well. Negligence is easy to charge and can become very hard to defend.
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