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LinkedIn app: another #fail for Apple’s iOS when it comes to protecting your privacy

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Some “media experts” and some consumers and companies believe that because Apple is curating apps you can find in their apps store, they face a lesser chance of being infected with malware or of using badly written apps which don’t perform well or leak information.

Well, once again (remember Instagram?), a security researcher proved that iOS is missing basic privacy protection mechanisms and that pretending to check apps to protect users is only an excuse to make money by taking a cut of the profit. Apple simply can’t control, in detail, what is in every app they release.

So this time, we have the LinkedIn app which is sending users’ calendar meetings to the LinkedIn servers without the user knowing about it… This can be especially dangerous when things such as conference call phone numbers and passcodes are stored in the event itself. Fortunately, there is a way to turn that feature off, by simply refusing to let LinkedIn show the calendars in the app itself.

But it doesn’t solve the big privacy issues plaguing iOS, a 5 year old OS which was never built to be secure, but to look smooth and to be very easy to use in order to kill Nokia’s Symbian. Apple has tried multiple times to implement enterprise features, but most attempts have failed as it’s simply not in Apple’s DNA to build a secure OS. SMEs and corporations usually have to rely on 3rd party solutions to try and make these devices usable in a business environment.

[LinkedOut – A LinkedIn Privacy Issue]

 

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24% of iPhone users in the UK are too broke to fix it when they break the screen

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24% of iPhone users in the UK are too broke to fix it when they break the screen. Probably because it cost so much to buy and use…they couldn’t even afford a case to protect it.
More interestingly, 57% of iPhone users in the UK break the screen at some point (most within the first three month), regardless or whether they have a case or not. Talk about a horrible design for a phone ;).
More figures on PC Advisor

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Criminals are having a field day with smartphones built to please and gain market shares

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Let’s face it. The most popular smartphones on the market today are loved for their fun and useful features, not because they protect your privacy. They were not designed with security in mind, even though they hold so much information about an individual or an organization. And it’s worse if you jailbreak it in order to be able to customise it.
Some security researchers say all smartphones are vulnerable to malware and this could lead to identity theft, among other things. And it’s true, even though BlackBerrys offer better protection than iPhones (no sandbox) or Androids (no review system), it’s still possible to trick a user to go visit an infected website that could help leak information.

Choose your smartphone and the content you will put on it wisely. Treat everything that is on it as public information or just remove data you’d rather not see fall in the wrong hands, whomever they may belong to 🙂

Guardian article about malware:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2011/jul/22/smartphones-hacked-zeus-malware

Guardian article about how easy it is to steal your data if you leave the Wifi on your phone constantly on:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/apr/25/wifi-security-flaw-smartphones-risk

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Students prefer to develop mobile apps in Java

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It comes as not surprise, really, since that’s what’s being taught at “IT school” and since you don’t need a Mac to develop mobile apps, but still, it’s interesting to see that even though more students at the University of Pennsylvania own iPhones than Android or Blackberry devices, they prefer to develop for Android.

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Blackberrys have a new browser (on a low res screen), but they can’t even beat other smartphones

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Expectations were high for RIM’s new baby, the 9800 Torch, but it seems the hardware is getting too old to stay in the competition when it comes to browsing.


Even with a low resolution screen, the browser can’t beat iPhone 4, let alone an Android Froyo device.

And it’s not just browsing, the whole UI is sluggish…

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