The recent news that Samsung Galaxy phone might be vulnerable to hackers’ attacks alarmed developers and users, alike. Here are some faulty Android apps you might want to avoid in the future to keep your smartphone safe and hacker-proofed.
Samsung’s language app is causing increasingly more users to pay attention to the online programs they are downloading on their smartphones. The keyboard vulnerability of this program has caused many smartphone enjoyers to lose content as updates are being downloaded and installed without a proper verification.
According to a recent survey, many of the Android apps have faulty content, as well. For that matter, users are advised to carefully weigh their decision of downloading a new program. Engineers have actually recommended Android users to avoid installing those apps that fail to meet all security requirements.
Unlike the language app bug, which presented a keyboard vulnerability, the potentially harming apps that have been recently identified present HTTPS vulnerability. This means that the software of a computer or a smartphone may be breached into by using the ciphertext contained in the HTTPS stream.
Developers, however, have tried to calm people down by telling them that such operations can only be carried out by highly trained hackers. As expected, the lack of interest that developing companies evinces when it comes to solving these vulnerabilities, has caused much discontent among Android users.
Clients are urging Android-based enterprises to solve the said issues before their personal data gets stolen. So far, the only solution that users have is to avoid downloading these apps. Yet, the cumbersome limitation troubles customers, who expect themselves to freely use Android apps once they have paid for their phones.
There are currently more than 100 apps that do not use advanced techniques of data encryption for login details. Some of them are highly popular, such as, OKCupid, Match.com, Safeway, Get Ready-Pizza Hut and NBA Game Time.
Tech analysts warn app producers that finding solutions is now incredibly important, given that these apps are downloaded millions of times per day. OKCupid, for instance, has been installed and used on smartphones 350 million times until now, whereas the rest of the faulty apps in the list have been downloaded for 200 million times.
App producers have really no excuse for refusing to come up with solutions. HTTPS vulnerabilities were first identified in 2012, so developing companies could have addressed this situation a long time ago.
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