Popular mobile apps expose personal data

ViaForensics has revealed that some popular Android apps store personal data in plain text, making it accessible to computer criminals.

Spencer Ante, writing in the Wall Street Journal’s Digits blog, reports that Android apps from LinkedIn, Netflix and Foursquare and Square store usernames and passwords without encrypting them. Likewise, the iPhone’s version of Square’s mobile payment app also exposes private data.

Although a hacker would have to be both lucky and clever to steal the passwords, Ante writes, the revelation underscores the vulnerability of mobile apps.

See ViaForensics full list of mobile app security ratings on its appWatchdog site.

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