Are Your Apps Posing a Security Risk? – ‘Net Features – Website Magazine
Malicious apps can steal bank account details, copy emails, and collect VPN credentials. Adware can collect personal contact details, take note of all apps installed, and track GPS coordinates. And even in benign apps, developers make mistakes. They unwittingly write flawed code that leaves the app open to attack. The major app stores are working hard to spot and reject harmful apps. But attackers will continue to stay ahead of security checks. Third-party app stores, while offering apps not available elsewhere, create a safe harbor for many more malicious apps. App store providers, app developers, organizations, and users must better understand the threats and risks they face from mobile apps.
Consumer apps should never be trusted in the corporate environment. For intance do never use Facebook Messenger or Snapchat etc for internal messaging. Gartner estimates that
by 2017, 40% of enterprise contact information will have leaked into social networks such as Facebook and LinkedIn.
Corporate apps must be built with real security in mind. SSL/TLS is not enough. VPN can be cracked by malware, as this report highlights. It is not enough to protect the communication channel. That’s why apptimate.io adds an extra security layer in the app to protect data-in-transit, in- or outside firewalls.
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