Free mobile apps collecting your device data

November 27, 2011

I’ve (Julian Evans blog) just completed some research of some free mobile apps across BlackBerry, iOS and Android. What I found didn’t surprise me, but it may surprise my readers. Free apps are really not that free – why? These so called free apps are collecting device and personally sensitive mobile data and sending it out to hundreds of advertising and analytics domains.

Mobile gaming apps are a particular target for developers who make little or no money from free apps but can make money from selling the app data they collect. Ever used Angry Birds or Fruit Ninja Tree? We all have, including me and these games transmit quite a bit of your mobile and personal data (including your IMEI, IMSI, your country, your location, GPS co-ordinates and some apps can locate you within 200 metres) to servers in the cloud. Read more…Comments

Tagged with:

Leave a Comment

Please keep in mind that comments are moderated and rel="nofollow" is in use. So, please do not use a spammy keyword or a domain as your name, or it will be deleted. Let us have a personal and meaningful conversation instead.

You must be logged in to post a comment.

IT MAGAZINES: Hakin9 Magazine | Pentest Magazine | eForensics Magazine | Software Developer's Journal | Hadoop Magazine | Java Magazine
IT Blogs: Hakin9 Magazine Blog | Pentest Magazine Blog | eForensics Magazine Blog | Software Developer's Journal Blog | Hadoop Magazine Blog | Java Magazine Blog
IT ONLINE COURSES: Pentest Laboratory
JOB OFFERS FOR IT SPECIALIST: Jobs on Hakin9 Magazine | Jobs on Pentest Magazine | Jobs on eForensics Magazine | Jobs on Software Developer's Journal | Jobs on Java Magazine | Jobs on Hadoop Magazine
Hakin9 Media Sp. z o.o. Sp. komandytowa ul. Postępu 17D, 02-676 Warszawa