Dangerous iPhone Apps
About dangerous iPhone apps: The iPhone is an excellent smartphone and it allows downloading many apps. However, some applications may be dangerous. From material designed for mature audiences to apps stealing your personal information, it is best to avoid downloading some apps. To stay safe, one can stick to downloading only those apps approved by the Apple Store. Some apps such as the “Hottest Girls”, which allowed the user to rate pictures of women in risque apparel and poses, were banned by the Apple Store to avoid children’s exposure to the application.
Recently, the news giant CNN showed that many apps were stealing users’ personal information, obviously without letting the user know. The scary part was that a large part of these infected apps were previously approved by iTunes and the Apple Store. Apple has since removed these dangerous apps, but what is surprising and scary is that those apps were initially available through the iTunes App Store. Furthermore, the number of these delinquent apps ranges in the hundreds! Indeed, the affected apps constituted 265 apps in total. Moreover, the apps were downloaded over a million times worldwide…
The illegitimate process involved a software designed by Youmi, which collected personal info such as email addresses and serial numbers and sent it to its servers. Apple’s strict policy about apps led to banning such apps once the problem was discovered.
Information gathering without disclosing the purposes is somewhat commonplace on the Internet. For example, the author of these lines entered their cellphone number on a popular Website. And since then has been constantly receiving long distance phone calls from telemarketers. The numbers are easy to spot. They often start with 1-800 or 1-866. Interestingly enough, there are services on the Internet to discover who calls from a given number, a reverse lookup so to speak.
But what comes as an even bigger surprise, is that this is by far not the only breach in Apple’s tight security and privacy system. Luckily, Apple is quick to resolve such problems. It has since taken appropriate measures to ensure user safety and security.