Ordering pizza or checking the news on one of your favorite apps can have serious consequences. A report issued this week by App Bugs indicates that some of the industry’s most popular Android and iOS apps have holes in their security systems, making it easy for hackers to receive personal information and passwords. Some of the apps detailed in the report include CNN, Dominos and Walmart.
Hackers are using software that guesses thousands of passwords in a matter of minutes. Once the correct password is guessed, it’s easy to figure out any other passwords on other personal accounts. This creates a snowball of vulnerable information available on various apps and platforms.
Data security is one of the leading issues in the evolving mobile marketplace. When considering security measures, most people think of changing their passwords every few months or purchasing the latest anti-virus software, but some of the least stable platforms are apps. In May, Starbucks customers reported hackers using their information from Starbucks’ payment app then reportedly draining their bank accounts. We live in a time where the Internet isn’t only used for entertainment, but vital day-to-day life functions, such as transferring money or containing confidential information. For this reason, data security is becoming more imperative than ever.
One solution to the problem of faulty app security is for enterprises to create their own apps with efficient data security. By creating in-house apps and app management, enterprises are more able to control any potential holes in the security system and more closely monitor any obstructions. Through constant data security monitoring, companies can quickly identify any possible intruders or attempt to obtain personal information within an app.
Along with vigilant data security monitoring, it’s advised to use proper data cleansing and erasure. Leftover data can end up in the wrong hands and be used for unsavory purposes. For this reason, it’s encouraged to partner with a certified data erasure provider so that all information and data is properly destroyed. Any remnants of past information can lead to future security breaches.
Data security, management and erasure are imperative in the safety of information assets. When important information gets into the wrong hands, there can major financial loss or loss of investor confidence. HOBI International specializes in the best data security, management and erasure practices, from the beginning to end of a device’s life. Our data security and erasure services are completely traceable and documented, ensuring no information slips through the cracks.
Until app security systems are all up-to-date, it’s encouraged to maybe hold off on using specific apps detailed in App Bugs report. Along with avoiding certain apps that may have holes in their security system, another way to avoid any data breaches is to make sure to use separate passwords for various accounts on certain social networks or services that may not have the best security measurements.