Internet security firm Kaspersky is warning that nearly four million smartphone apps are leaking sensitive data about the app’s user.
The data being lost includes phone numbers and email addresses which is being transmitted unencrypted over the HTTP protocol.
This was, researchers say, instead of using HTTPS, a more secure way for data communication.
The firm says that careless design means that a user’s data can be easily intercepted.
In the worst case scenario, they say this data could be used for blackmail purposes.
More Windows phone apps killed off
Microsoft has revealed that more apps for its Windows phone are to be killed off.
From May, support for Teams, Yammer and Skype for B usiness will be dropped.
Users have been told that they have a month to find alternative apps or use the functions using a web browser.
Yammer will still be available as an app for Android and iOS phones and the firm says it will still continue investing in Skype for Business as well as Microsoft teams.
Phones and apps are crucial for British job hunters
Nearly 90% of jobseekers in the UK looking for new jobs believe that their smart phone is crucial in the jobhunting process.
Research from Textlocal reveals that 89% of those questioned agreed with this sentiment and the firm says there’s been a 55% rise in people opting into recruitment communications.
The firm says that 45% of jobseekers are looking for new jobs on their mobile phones every day and 59% of those questioned us saving a potential job to apply for later.
Crypto crackdown questioned
Researchers say that despite Google’s best efforts to prevent any crypto currency apps being available on Play Store, there are still lots of these apps available.
TheNextWeb says that even after Google took action recently to clamp down on crypto currency apps, many are still available.
The research also highlight that there was a malicious app available, it mimics MyEtherWallet, and it received 500 downloads before Google took the app down.
As part of their research, the firm says that across the mobile phone app sector they uncovered 661 malicious apps and most of these appeared on Google play.
In other mobile phone app news …
Over the past year, around half of adults in the US have increased their use of mobile banking apps with one in three using their banking app more than any other app on their phone, a survey has revealed.
Swiss drugs firm Novartis has unveiled a mobile phone app that will collect data from those taking part in eye disease studies. The ‘FocalView’ app has been put together using Apple’s ResearchKit and will enable researchers to track eye disease progression from patients without them needing to visit a doctor.
The new Gmail app will feature the ‘snooze’ button, says Google. The function will resend emails when the user chooses – or when they can deal with the emails properly.
Research from Ofcom has revealed that nine in 10 Brits believe that using the Internet has more benefits than risks but nearly all are turned off by digital advertising. The average time spent online is 24 hours a week which has doubled from what it was 10 years ago. The research also highlights that using apps and smartphones is an important part of this growing popularity, with 74% of those aged under 24 saying they could not live without their phone.