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When Good Apps Go Bad

January 12, 2012

Experts warn that many mobile apps are trampling privacy.

The following is an excerpt from Dark Reading by Ericka Chickowski, Contributing Editor


"Some security and privacy advocates warn that it might actually be the mundane apps people willingly download that introduce the most risk to their devices. That's because many otherwise well-intentioned apps are asking for so much access to so many phone features that they're impinging the privacy of users -- and potentially putting enterprise data at risk."

"We are seeing a lot of privacy concerns from apps that are sharing information that people aren't aware of, or apps that have not been built securely," says Michael Sutton, vice president of security research at Zscaler ThreatLabZ.

For example, he says that several months back when his researchers were doing work in the mobile space, they ran into certain iOS apps that would ask for passwords to popular services, like GoogleDocs."

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