A recent article in Computer Weekly caught my eye.
You are increasingly accessing apps and the internet on the move on your mobile devices. You do so in the belief that your information is safe. After all, with all the logins and passwords you need these days, your data is as safe as houses, isn’t it?
Not according to the article.
According to research by Gartner, it is predicted that by 2017, 75% of mobile security breaches will be as the result of mobile app misconfiguration and misuse. Not only that, but the research showed that only 50% of the UK public feel safe using a smartphone, compared with 69% who feel safe using desktop computers.
If that wasn’t worrying enough, Wandera (a mobile secure data provider) waded in saying that 7 in 10 devices in its network are transmitting sensitive data that is not encrypted and 1 in 5 are running apps that are vulnerable to local access attack.
The article goes on to highlight 4 apps that have severe vulnerabilities:
- Pizza Express – transmits personal details including username, password, date of birth and children’s ages and genders
- The Economist – transmits email and hashed password information in the clear
- CNBC PRO – leaks credentials, allowing access to full names, addresses, telephone numbers and other sensitive information
- Hilton – (recently patched) was open providing access to sensitive personal information
According to Eldar Tuvey, Chief Executive of Wandera:
“Fragmented, piecemeal security simply will not do any more. Existing security solutions do not go far enough or deep enough to protect your organisation.Mobile attacks are growing on all platforms, but it is clear that many businesses are still underestimating the severity and risk that tablets and smartphones can present.”