NowSecure analyzed a mix of 75 Android and iOS holiday mobile apps for security and privacy risks. Overall, the results of our benchmark testing were disappointingly poor. Among the holiday apps we tested, 94% have security issues and 82% leak private data which indicates users should proceed with caution.
As an everyday app user, I love the convenience of managing routine tasks through shopping apps, calendar apps, banking apps, and more. However, mobile app convenience can sit at the opposite end of the spectrum of privacy and security. As consumers, we should take several steps to manage the threat of unsafe mobile apps and maintain control over our data.
Mobile apps have become a top target for attackers and a high-risk vector for users and businesses alike. In fact, Gartner has warned, “Through 2022, mobile application security failures will be the biggest mobile threat for enterprises.” In order for their digital transformation efforts to succeed, companies must offer an innovative mobile app user experience combined with proper security and privacy protections.
Learn about the latest security and privacy updates that appear in Android 11 and how that impacts mobile app development and security teams in this collection of eight short videos.
Mobile app users have become more savvy about protecting sensitive personal information and regulations such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) restrict data usage and sharing practices. Developers can get ahead of regulatory action and improve the overall user experience by looking for ways to implement mobile app privacy features directly into their mobile apps. Here are six mobile app privacy features they should implement.
Many mobile app developers with the best of intentions have rushed COVID-19 apps to Google Play and the App Store to assist with contact tracing, symptom diagnosis and outbreak maps. But in the speed to get apps that can help fight the pandemic out to the public quickly, some security and privacy vulnerabilities went undetected prior to release. Because the sensitive nature of healthcare information creates unique security and privacy challenges, I advise mobile app developers and security analysts to heed the following advice to avoid fairly common security, privacy and compliance issues.