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8 in 10 mobile banking apps are flawed, security expert suggests

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8 in 10 mobile banking apps are flawed, security expert suggests
Neal O'Farrell is the executive director of Identity Theft Council – a San Francisco-based non-profit that specializes in providing support to victims of identity theft. And during the San Francisco Small Business Week, he gave a speech that might get anyone who uses a mobile banking app a bit worried. That is because according to O'Farrell, 8 in 10 mobile banking applications are flawed as they do not provide adequate protection of user data. Even an iPhone, which is considered as a relatively well-secured device, is not immune to attacks. However, Apple and the banks do not want you to know that, he added. 

The solution? Protecting personal data by erasing or encrypting it, regardless of what platform is being used, O'Farrell advises. Even Mac and iOS users should not rely on the general presumption that Apple products are more secure. "Hackers go where the crowds are," and since iOS is already pretty widespread, it has become a much more tempting target than before.

O'Farrell and the ITC have witnessed thousands of identity theft cases, with some of them accounting for losses in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Therefore, his claims might really be onto something, and your mobile banking app might not be as secure as you would hope. That said, it is advisable to be cautious when opening suspicious emails, protect your personal data, and make sure your smartphone never ends up in the wrong hands.

source: Cult of Mac via BGR

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posted on 23 May 2012, 09:58 4

1. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)

It woulda been nice to get a list of banking apps that aren't secure

posted on 23 May 2012, 10:01 3

2. windowsRocks (Posts: 155; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)

You are clever enough to find those

posted on 23 May 2012, 11:01 2

3. jeroome86 (Posts: 2028; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)

Nothing like some more worrying.

posted on 23 May 2012, 11:22 1

4. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)

I know, it's basicaly: There is an 80% change your financial app is compromised, but we won't tell you which... so worry away!!!

posted on 24 May 2012, 03:55 1

5. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 549; Member since: 20 May 2012)

Utterly useless article stating the most obvious fact with no real solution

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