Thursday, March 7, 2013

Mobile applications represent a security risk for companies

Free mobile applications represent a security risk for companies practicing BYOD

The researchers found that almost all the popular free mobile applications access users' personal information.

Appthority Company experts, dealing with security, published a report on the study of mobile applications for February 2013. According to the report, the growing popularity of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) is a significant threat to corporate security.

Due to the fact that mobile applications provide user data to advertisers, companies, practitioners BYOD, at great risk. "Companies need to treat with caution to mobile applications used in the workplace" - the president Appthority Domingo Guerra. "Would you like to your CEO walked with the application, fixing his every action and communicates his calendar with a third party?" - Said the expert.

In February this year, the researchers analyzed the company's one hundred most popular free apps in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. The study found that about 96% of the applications provide some user data and analytical advertising companies. Most often, this information to render the user's location.

Applications that represent the greatest risk to companies practicing BYOD, were applications from App Store. According to the report, everything the 50 most popular free applications for iOS to exchange data. For the same number of applications for Android, the figure is 92%. The greatest danger is the fact that 14% of free apps for iOS get access to the user's calendar data, and 54% - to the list of contacts.

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