A security expert has revealed a list of dozens of apps that are vulnerable to attack from hackers when sending data from a smartphone via WiFi to the cloud.
Will Strafach says that the hackers may be able to intercept medical and financial details of users and among the apps considered at risk include Gift Saga, Music Tube and Uconnect Access.
The list of vulnerable apps include messenger and banking apps and even those apps that enable car owners to locate their vehicle and unlock it remotely.
The main problem, according to Mr Strafach, is that the apps have a ‘backdoor’ which may allow a hacker to carry out the attack.
This hole in security is down to a misconfigured ‘network related code within the iOS apps’.
Essentially, users can protect themselves when in public spaces by switching off Wi-Fi access when accessing sensitive apps including banking apps via their mobile device.
End of mobile app stores predicted
Experts in the technology sector have now had time to digest the announcement from Google last week about changes to its Android operating system.
They say the move will threaten its own mobile app store, Google Play, and also have an impact on Apple’s App Store as well.
Google says that by 2019, smartphone users will no longer be able to tell the difference between a mobile app and a website on their device.
That’s because there’s a new feature available for Android users that enables them to ‘install’ a webpage from their Chrome browser which looks like an app and functions just as well – but it isn’t an app.
BT sides with Google
BT is the first big telecom firm to back Google in its fight with EU anti-trust regulators.
The EU says Google is stifling competition by forcing the makers of smartphones to have its browser and search function preinstalled so users can access other apps including Google Play.
The EU move follows the initial investigation into Google promoting its own online shopping service through its search engine before including the installation of apps into a second investigation.
Now BT says it has written to the European Commission saying it is free to preinstall either third-party apps or its own on devices alongside the preloaded Google apps.
BT bought mobile phone network EE last year and says that as an app provider it enjoys the compatibility and stability of operating systems for the apps to function correctly.
Parents warned about wearable tech and apps for babies
A leading medical journal in the US has highlighted issues with wearable tech and apps for infants saying there’s no evidence that monitoring the child will lead to a life-saving situation.
Indeed, the two paediatricians who wrote the report warn parents they could cause potential harm by using the tech and apps.
Among the items analysed is a smart sock that monitors an infant’s blood oxygen and pulse levels but the authors say there’s no reason to monitor an infant’s health so closely.
Now medical experts say the report could spark closer analysis of other health related apps and wearable gadgets that have become increasingly popular in recent years.
There are now more than 1,500 apps to manage diabetes alone with experts saying that the flood of information may overwhelm users with inaccurate information or advice.
In other mobile phone app news …
Whatsapp has announced its platform will become more secure with a two-step verification being added to its latest update for iOS, Windows and Android apps.
Facebook has revealed that it has added a weather section for its mobile app and 95% of users around the world will be able to use it.
Bike sharing apps have, apparently, taken off in China to spark a pedal power revival. The idea is for users to unlock a bike using an app and then drop the bike off at another location for another app user to access.