Mobile App Security Study

This white paper summarizes our 2011 study of 100 apps from November 2010 through June 2011. We utilized ethical hacking and forensic techniques to investigate consumer mobile apps and understand what user data is stored and could be at risk.

In 2011 major breaches at Sony, Epsilon and others highlighted the risk consumers face from their data being compromised. At the same time Apple iOS and Google Android saw stunning growth in the smartphone market. Companies and app developers have leveraged these platforms to provide new mobile services, often bringing them to market very quickly.

We wondered: How secure is the app data on smartphones?


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This report describes the app testing process and our findings for apps in various categories including Financial Apps, Social Networking Apps and more.

  • Google and Apple
  • Testing Process and Ratings
  • Findings: Financial Apps
  • Findings: Social Networking Apps
  • Findings: Productivity Apps
  • Findings: Retail Apps
  • Findings: Overall
  • Conclusions


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