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Your mobile is only as secure as the apps you use

Monday 9 March, 2020

Many smartphone manufacturers claim that the encryption levels on their devices provide the user with all the mobile security and privacy they need. This is not entirely true. There is a major flaw in the security and privacy levels that is focussed around third party apps. This threat from third party apps appears to have increased recently with the news that malware has been discovered hiding in apps available on Google Play. 

Hidden Government Funded Spyware

What is the latest threat to mobile security and privacy?

It has been alleged that government sponsored malware has been found lurking in apps that are available on Google Play. It seems that the origins are from Italy as some of the coding of the malware contains references in Italian. 

The malware was uncovered during a collaborative investigation between Motherboard and cyber-researchers from the not for profit organisation Security Without Borders. The researchers have discovered that initially the malware shows as being an innocent app predominantly providing data that will help with activity such as promotions and marketing offers from local Italian providers. 

However, and much more shocking, is the more serious harvesting of important data including the likes of:

  • Browsing history
  • App contact lists
  • Text data 
  • Location data
  • Wi-fi passwords

And in an even more scary twist, it has been reported that the malware has the ability to activate both the smartphone’s camera and microphone remotely in order to audio, video and screen grabs from the user. This is an incredibly insecure and intrusive turn. 

Secure Smartphone Apps

The Blackphone Privy has been specially designed to remove the risk posed by third party apps. Not only is the Blackphone Privy encrypted from end-to-end, but the apps available are private. No data is able to be gleaned from the apps in any way. In addition, the Blackphone Privy is also free from any bloatware, hooks to carriers, and leaky data, providing that extra level of mobile security and privacy. 

The lessons that can be learnt from this are simple. Do not trust the standard security functions on a smartphone. If you are continuing to use third party applications, it puts your mobile security and privacy at risk. 

The Blackphone Privy, with its end-to-end encryption, security layers along with a host of other security features and regular updates will provide you with a much safer smartphone. 

If you would like to find out more about how the Blackphone Privy can give you the mobile security you need, then please give one of our team a call and they will be more than happy to help. 

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