20% of Android Market apps can grab your private data

20% of Android Market apps can grab your private data
One negative thing about an open system like Android is that personal data doesn't get the same level of protection seen on closed systems. For example, A report by SMobile Systems called "Threat Analysis of the Android Market" claims that 20% of the apps in the Market can open up your private data to theft. Looking at 48,694 apps, 29 of them request info from the user that most spyware can use. 8 applications ask for information that can brick your device or make it unusable. 383 downloads could read authentication info from another app and 3% of the Market can be used to send premium priced SMS messages without you knowing about it which also means, without your permission. As the report says, "The Android Market offers flexibility that markets such as the Apple App Store do not by allowing anyone to develop and publish an application to the Market's consumers. This presents the opportunity to easily defraud innocent consumers for financial gain." In other words, to offer an open system, there are some risks you must be prepared to take.

source: SMobileSystems via ReadWriteWeb

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12 Comments

1. gbhil

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 23, 2010

And 100% of the apps in the Market clearly state their permissions BEFORE they can be installed. Yellow journalism at it's finest.

2. rehnhart

Posts: 103; Member since: Mar 27, 2009

I smell apple sauce all over this, but I could be wrong. Every system has flaws, the Iphone/Ipad just recently had a few. Any app on any platform can be used to gather info about the device, location, and person using. Apple just announced they would be using your location to generate targeted ads.

3. hawk62

Posts: 320; Member since: Nov 21, 2009

This a BIG reason the Apple App store makes the iphone the best phone out there. You have NO IDEA what you are getting in the Android market. The other problem is you cant look at the market without a damn droid phone. What good is that?

4. mr. anderson

Posts: 92; Member since: Apr 16, 2009

as gbhil stated the apps clearly tell you what the app can access before you download it, and you can browse the app market online and through programs like doubletwist

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

yea, and apples ToS recently released saying they can track you and what your doing at any time, any where, and theres nothing u can do about it. Thats hella dangerous if u ask me. Yea. Id rather stick to android where its easy to tell what an app can do by A) its permission list and B) lots of reviews by other users, instead of being told what i can and cant have by an old man with a god complex. i bet my paycheck that all the apps they mention have really shitty reviews and warnings by other users. We aren't talking mainstream apps here.. were talking fringe stuff that people wont buy anyways.

8. vinsterdamus

Posts: 58; Member since: Feb 20, 2010

" The other problem is you cant look at the market without a damn droid phone. What good is that?" Eh more then one phone type can access the android market unlike the app store xD. all android phones can "look at" the market so i don't know here you get your facts! on a other note who got one of the 20% of programs that this article talks about? Do i hear a no one? Ok message is clear

10. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

It is probably one of those semi-porn games/sites....

5. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

what is doubletwist?

7. cc16177

Posts: 312; Member since: May 09, 2010

It's a music player, a lot of people prefer it over the stock Android player but I personally prefer the stock (only because it's easier for me to re-arrange the order of songs in a playlist). It also allows you to easily sync your Android phone with iTunes as long as you install the doubletwist program on yuor computer. I have heard that although it is currently a free app they will be switching to paid soon so I would recommend downloading it ASAP if you are interested in trying it out.

9. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

ok, will do - I am very new to ANDROID with ARIA - and I dislike itunes.

11. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Found a music apps that works with most player - shakes to play or change the song - like an iphone

12. gbhil

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 23, 2010

CNet retracted their "story" about this non issue:http://m.zdnet.com/blog/burnette/cnet-retracts-article-on-android-app-privacy-threat/1987 Will Phone Arena do the same?

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