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Are your mobile apps exposing personal information?

Madura McCormack | Oct. 18, 2012
Online tool allows users to assess safety of their mobile apps

With over one million mobile apps in the eco-system and 1,500 new apps being added every week, it's easy to overlook the security flaws that they possess.

Cloud-security solutions provider Zscaler has released a free online tool dubbed Zscaler Application Profiler (ZAP), which allows users to assess mobile apps for security risks.

Zscaler's security research arm ThreatLabZ used ZAP to analyse hundreds of applications and the results showed 40 percent of the apps communicating with third parties, 25 percent exposing personal information and 10 percent revealing passwords and login ID's.

"App stores have strict guidelines about which logos and colours developers can use, yet application security remains largely unenforced," said Michael Sutton, vice president of Security Research at Zscaler.

ZAP is able to deliver an instant assessment of an app (iOS or Android) when searched on the online store of the device. The solution is also able to scan traffic from installed apps to check for data exposure, according to the announcement.

ZAP is effectively crowdsourced, with ThreatLabZ adding results to the database as more analysis is submitted by users.

 

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