Most of our customers don't want apps hogging up precious space on their phones.  App makers have responded by making use of cloud storage in order to minimize.

That's good in theory, but based on new research a disappointing number of app developers maybe putting your data at risk!

In fact, the recent study from from Zimperium, found 14 percent of iOS and Android apps that use cloud storage had insecure configurations or were otherwise vulnerable to attacks by 3rd parties (which is a nice way of saying hackers).

Depending on the Apps you use, hackers who breach those unsecured cloud storage systems may wind up with little more than your email address and your latest high score on your favorite game, or they could wind up with sensitive financial and/or health-related data.

Note: that even relatively innocent apps like games (that don't keep much in the way of personal information) often ask for and receive a wide range of intrusive permissions on your device. That means the developers of those apps could be harvesting a lot of more sensitive data you weren't even aware of.

So what should you do?

  1. READ every app's terms of service agreement closely (you probably wont do this, so keep reading).
  2. MONITOR exactly what permissions every app you install is asking for and deny an apps permission if it seems too intrusive for your comfort
  3. CLEAN HOUSE....uninstall any app that you lose interest in and stop using. By keeping it on your device just in case you decide to circle back to it later, you're increasing your exposure and increasing your risk.

 

 

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