GO Keyboard apps could be spying on over 200 million Android users

According to a new report, a pair of third party keyboard apps that are listed in the Google Play Store under GO Keyboard could actually be spying on you. The developer, listed as the GOMO Dev Team, says that "We will never collect your personal info including credit card information. In fact, we cares for privacy of what you type and who you type!" That hardly seems to be the case as the apps allegedly have access to data showing your identity, phone call records, and can listen in to the microphones on your handset.

Thee apps have over 200 million users and allegedly communicate with "dozens" of ad networks and third-party trackers. As soon as you install one of the two GO Keyboard apps, information about you is being transmitted. And yet, in 20 countries, the apps were voted best app of 2016!

According to the report, the GO apps send to its server information like your Google email account, screen size, Android version, build and device model. Since we are talking about an app that records every letter you type on your phone, the server owner could start collecting whatever information he/she wants from GO Keyboard users.

Google has been informed, and while the search giant decides what to do, your best bet is to uninstall any GO Keyboard app that you might have downloaded on your Android phone. The two apps are named "GO Keyboard-Emoji keyboard, Swipe input, GIFs" and "GO Keyboard-Emoticon keyboard, Free Theme, GIF." As you can tell, both apps offer emoji and GIFs to spruce up your texting. Both are freemium apps, which can be installed for free and include ads and in-app purchases. But the bottom line is, both apps could be turning over personal information to a server in China. 


source: Adguard via AndroidAuthority

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56 Comments

1. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Don't worry Dark Jedi is glad he got a Note 8, everything is fine.

2. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Not all ppl use this cr@p dude.

5. Cyberchum

Posts: 1066; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

You had to make this about iOS vs Android, or iPhone vs Galaxy, don't you. You need a lot of growing up to do if you think this sorta practices is peculiar to the Play Store.

12. maherk

Posts: 6879; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Awwww you poor poor baby, still can't get over the fact that DJ ditched your beloved iPhone for a Samsung device? Lol

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31056; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It burns their assess, that I left the iPhone on the bench, and made the Galaxys my starters. I have no interest in the 6SSS AKA, the iPhone 8, or the iNotch X, and they can't stand it.

32. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

LOLOLOL I use all 3 OS's (Yes my Lumia 1080 is still kicking) and I prefer Android for above iOS. You see unlike DJ I don't need to "prove" I've made the right choice, that is what I was making fun of. Do you think my life would be affected at all by what Os someone else uses? I was making a joke, but as always the Samsung flock are too soaked up trying to prove how they have "ascended" above the rest that they can't see past their self created ego - see DJ's reply to me as evidence. Also I find it amazing you Samsung fans even have the nerve to make fun of anyone, you're beloved Samsung doesn't even make an Os, it butchers Android, releases a plethora of outdated and non supported phones every year with magnitudes of bloat. Without Android Samsung is nothing. You're not real Android fans either, you use a molested version of it that's not even current and cause plenty of toxicity everywhere. All because of how your kind tries so hard to elevate Samsung above Apple, just to validate your purchase to a bunch of strangers on the internet. LOLOLOL it's alrite bro, as long as you and your boyfriend DJ are happy, I'm happy :D.

34. darkkjedii

Posts: 31056; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It took you way too long to comeback with that, and it’s way too long. That means one thing...you’re pissed.

39. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

LOLOLOL wow that's all?. "You mad bro and you took too long to reply" I live in Australia, you're in the US, the concept of different time zones is probably too much for Note 8 people to comprehened. And too late to come up with that? Really, so you were waiting for me to reply, Awwwww I'm in Dark Jedi's heart after all :D :D. Did I take too long to reply Awwwww baby boy I'm sorry to have kept you waiting. The fact that all you can reply with is accusing me of getting mad LMAO and replying late is such a disappointment. Wow the great Dark Jedi really is just an average Samsung fanboy. Can we cuddle now? In actual seriousness, I'm astonished to see how full of yourself you actually are, I was honestly just kidding around because everyone knows the phone arena comments section is just a bunch of insecure Samsung fans who cry at apples attention and success and always want to prove Samsung to be the best in Android and iOS land when in real life noone could care less about fragmentation, software updates, bezels and all the pointless things everyone argues about here. But you, wow the self serving ego you posses I really didn't expect. First you get off on being called out by people, and they were actually making fun of you, but you pretty much ignore almost all points of a reply and try to insert yourself as the main "attraction". And now replying with "you mad and pissed" showcases that you want a negative reaction from people just so you can feel like you are some kind of a "macho internet man". LOLOLOL the best part is all anyone's doing is here making fun of how much you want to bed that Note 8. Anyway, it's good, the comedy act that was TechieXp has left us with no sign of return. Thank you for stepping into that void. Also as for late replying, in 7 years I have around 1800 comments, in 6 years you have 25,000. What do you just sit around all day refreshing every single comments section you commented in waiting for a reply? That's actually really sad. But it's all good buddy, we shall dance in the moonlight once again!

42. darkkjedii

Posts: 31056; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Holy crap that's long LMAOOOOOOO!

45. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

LOLOLOL I'm sorry, I keep overestimating the capabilities of the Note 8 people. I should have known more than six lines of text is probably too much for you to handle. I'll give you just one than: You're too full of yourself to see how much of a joke everyone considers you. Also incredible how you like to throw lines like "they cry when they get checked" when in fact you don't even have what it takes to come up with a reply. Bro I just wiped the floor with you and your boyfriend up there. Remember that baby boy, remember that. Have to say, I'm really disappointed in you. Ironically you're probably the one that's "mad and pissed" LOLOLOL Hahahahaha. Until next time baby boy :3 ❤️❤️❤️

36. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

This is not a Samsung article and you start to war against Samsung fans. Seems legit.

37. darkkjedii

Posts: 31056; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That’s what they do, then get mad when they get checked.

41. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Yup I start a war against Samsung fans :D. Yes it is legit. Thank you for your reply good sir. I am ready to have intercourse with you now. Something about Touchwiz just makes me want to Touch Wiz if you get want I mean ;)

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31056; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I do have the Note 8, and it's awesome like Negan's bat Lucille. I however, only use the stock Samsung keyboard. I love being Phonearenas most hated, such an honor. I know I'm on your mind boy.

19. hgoering

Posts: 52; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Nobody gives a rats ass about you, you’re a running joke is all. You’re here seeking negative attention, because you’d rather have negative attention than no attention at all. Here, prove me wrong-go a month without making a negative comment on an iPhone, and a month without telling everyone for the ten millionth time that you have a Note 8. Try to come up with something fresh, something positive.

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31056; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You give a rat's ass about me. That's why every time I post, your little punk ass comes running. I think I'm gonna start baiting you, cause you're obviously stupid enough to where you'll fall for it, hook line, and sinker every time. Just remember little worm, I'm gonna be here, to give my opinion with astounding regularity, and your stupid ass Will take the bait. As far as proving you wrong goes, you're not important enough for me to prove a thing to. I'm just gonna toy with you, cause I see, know and like how much it pisses you off. Now in your next post, tell us how much Apple cares about you, how they invite you to sit in at board meetings, how nice those blind Apple fan loyalty checks are, and how big the Trout were, you and Cook caught on the last Apple fishing trip Bait time little worm...I have a Note 8.

21. hgoering

Posts: 52; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Pathetic, a middle aged man in a steroid induced rage over his hatred for Apple. Life has sure been cruel to you, that much is obvious.

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31056; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

LMAOOOOOOO! That's 1 bait taken. This is gonna be too easy lol. You're a gullible one aren't you? C'mon 2???

23. hgoering

Posts: 52; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Ohhhhh gee, ok, duh here I come for bait number two!!! There, are you happy now? Go on, pat yourself on the back and write another very witty reply, then upvote yourself, you deserve it champ!

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31056; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

https://youtu.be/unTZYFHExRs You better reply too.

25. hgoering

Posts: 52; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Old man, go and play with your Note 8, you’re getting even stupider now, and I’m actually cringing a bit because I’m embarrassed for you.

38. darkkjedii

Posts: 31056; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

"Stupider" lol. Now, that’s stupid.

33. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Awwwww does it make you moist and give you a hard on knowing people on a phone website call you out and make fun of you? Carefull there DJ, your Note 8 might get jealous of me and "Burst" into flames. You know how "hot headed" those notes are eh. Maybe you, me and that guy above can have a good night out and talk about Touchwiz over a candle light dinner? You're in my heart boy.

35. darkkjedii

Posts: 31056; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You mad bro?

40. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Awwwww baby boy, the only thing I'm mad about is that you, me and that Note 8 of yours have not engaged in sexual intercourse yet. We must not wait any longer and connect our heart rate monitors at once!

49. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I had a feeling this app was spyware years ago despite people were constantly recommending the companies products for various functions. It left me with a sour note when I tried one of their software only to be bombarded with invasive adverts and notifications.

3. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Keyboard containing ads is obvious red flag that it'll be using what you type for ad purposes. So unfortunate that it got millions of victims.

8. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

It's just what Google is doing with its gboard (and virtually every other services it provides). Except that some are OK with their data being held by Google and are OK with eating shit from them but - for a reason that I personally don't understand - are not OK with their data being held by another big tech company that feeds them the exact same shit.

11. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1421; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Google's Gboard app works in the same way iOS' keyboard app works or Microsoft's on WP. They all by default send data of what you type in to their servers for various purposes. I'd say with third party app developers that you must be very cautious of their intent with said data. When Swiftkey stopped it's paid version to go free and only get income out of its customization options, I had my doubts even more so when you couldn't even turn off sharing data to its servers, that's when I uninstalled it.

30. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Apple does not have adds services so iOS keyboard is NOTHING like gboard. You're deflecting: if another company does a bad thing too, it doesn't mean that Google's doing an acceptable thing or that it is less bad. Just accept the fact that GO wants to use your personal data to feed you s**t just like Google is using your personal data to feed you s**t (in form of adds).

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