You cannot have a smartphone and avoid downloading an app. Whether you are into Shazam or Pizza Hut Delivery, Android phones offer a large variety of apps to make your hi-tech life richer. Security is a highly debated subject these days, with Google on the line with an antitrust trial and Apple releasing public declarations about the care they offer to keep user information secure.
Here’s everything you need to know about Android apps and security, as it seems that the Google giant misses some pieces of the puzzle in its constant trial to offer secure services to its customers. It seems that security researchers have found more than 100 apps on Android that fail to encrypt your login data with care and safety.
Encryption is one of the most important security measures and all tech giants use encryption algorithms to make sure you don’t get your info stolen by hackers. Facebook recently declared that all user e-mails will be encrypted, to avoid abuse and hacker theft.
Well, the story doesn’t go so well in the realm of encryption for Android that has an entire list of affected apps, including popular services like Match.com and Pizza Hut. However, it seems that this matter of encryption is not a question of Android only, as the majority of app makers are not doing much about it.
Android apps are exposed to this issue for a pretty long time now, as the tech savvies already know that private information is sometimes in jeopardy when it comes to the mighty green powers of Android. Security researchers declared that all the unsecure apps have been downloaded over 200 million times, which means large quantities of user data laid on the table for hacker abuse.
In a world where everything happens on the internet, starting from bank payments to stylist appointments, magazine reading and pizza delivery, security is a must and there’s no excuse for developers or tech giants to hold tons of personal data unsecured.
As the users’ personal data flies in the ether until a hacker mastermind chooses to steal and abuse it, Google does its thing releasing other apps in the Play Store. There will soon be a standalone clock in their store this week and this release is set to put Android on the a la carte menu of apps. Consequently, Google is making “stock” Android another skin but in different apps so that users all over the world can choose exactly what they want. If the cost for all the novelty Google brings is the precious security of our personal data, we’d better think twice.
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