Shield yourself from mobile App hazards

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ITvoir brings you a revised App security synopsis which will help you in exposing the camouflaged risks of mobile application. Based on the reports by expert authorities, we give you an insight that investigates the app behaviors of the top unpaid Android and iOS apps ranging across five different categories i.e. finance, entertainment, business, gaming and education applications. With the oncoming popularity of the BYOD culture, the privacy and security hazards related to the various mobile apps are at an increasing high, in fact, they are considered as a part of the package by industry experts as well. With something that cannot be erased, it is advisable to learn how to avoid or at least lessen the harm caused. With over one million mobile applications having been scanned and analyzed aiming for customer security, user privacy can now take a back seat hoping for some relief at last.

· Analysts say that a majority of unpaid applications are enabled to send and receive data to sources apart from its own without any detailed encryption.

· Around 94 percent of all the apps have been sharing details with various analytics companies and advertising networks.

· On a larger scale, iOS applications have portrayed more risky behaviors as compared to its Google counterpart. To be precise around 80 percent of the most popular 50 unpaid iOS and Android applications have been said to be associated with privacy issues and carry out risky behavior.

· The category out of the top five with the highest security offending rate is obviously the one with the highest rate of popularity. Entertainment applications currently have the highest number of applications that require location details plus share data with analytics companies and advertising arenas.

· The inbuilt GPS devices in phones and tablets along with other location tracking methodology are made to use by more than half of the total applications that are available.

· Moreover almost around 75 percent of applications across categories arise from different unique and individual developers.

Be it a home worker with a casual lifestyle or a CEO of a company, no one would want to walk around with an application that could possibly be keeping track of their every move and perhaps sharing their contact and calendar details with alien sources. What majority of the unpaid mobile applications are doing these days are just new ways to build up on profit which mostly includes collecting information about the various users and sourcing it out to advertising and analytic companies.

Making you aware of the risks involved and letting you chose what information you let out was our intention. Further on, the power to decide which application you chose to let into your respective devices and lives, rest with you alone.

From ITvoir News Desk/Darab Bakhshi

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