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Security risk in Starbucks app a 'wakeup call' for consumers

Antone Gonsalves | Jan. 20, 2014
The weak protections for customer data in Starbucks' mobile-payment app is a "wakeup call" for consumers who should never assume the apps they use in their smartphones are secure.

This is a security risk because jailbroken phones circumvent iOS protections and enable apps to access restricted resources of other apps.

In a separate study, RIIS LLC, a firm that specializes in mobile app development, found that Android apps provided by some of the nation's top brands in the airline, retail, entertainment and insurance industries placed users' personal information at risk.

 

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