Recently, hundreds of iPhone apps were infected in the first major attack on App Store as well as Google Play store. If you still do not notice this, you should start to be aware of your mobile security.
People nowadays download lots of mobile applications such as transportation apps, payment apps and mobile games for convenience and entertainment. They are usually unaware of what kind of data (personal data included) are being shared with those developers as long as the apps are good to use. However, have you ever aware that a hacker can steal your credit card information while you are doing the payment? Some simple habits can be adopted to help you get out of the security attack. For example, keep an eye on what kind of data that the downloaded applications will be used and keep updating your mobile device’s operating system and applications to stay away from the hackers’ traps.
Users are not the only party to be responsible for securing their mobile devices, developers also play an important role to protect them. Developers should understand what and why data should be collected and stated it clearly to customers as to enhance their confidence on using their app. Some extra work such as using https portal instead of http for secure communication over a computer network can also help data security.
We may sometimes focus on how the applications entertain their customers and how the applications earn money only, yet, security cannot be neglected. Not only will the customers suffer from losing their personal data, business will be hurt by damaging the brand image and losing customers’ trust.