Expert testing of iOS and Android mobile applications shows that in most cases, insecure data storage is the most common security flaw in mobile apps. Positive Technologies’ yearly report, Vulnerabilities and Threats in Mobile Applications 2019, found that critical vulnerabilities are slightly more common in Android applications, compared to their iOS counterparts (43% vs. 38%)….

Last week, Apple introduced several new privacy features to its latest mobile operating system, iOS 13. The Internet, predictably, expressed doubt, questioning Apple’s oversized influence, its exclusive pricing model that puts privacy out of reach for anyone who can’t drop hundreds of dollars on a mobile phone, and its continued, near-dictatorial control of the App…

There are no promises in the words, “We care about user privacy.” Yet, these words appear on privacy policy after privacy policy, serving as disingenuous banners to hide potentially invasive corporate practices, including clandestine data collection, sharing, and selling. This is no accident. It is a strategy. In the US, companies that break their own…

Apple described the flaw, tracked as CVE-2019-6223, as a logic issue in the handling of Group FaceTime calls. The company says the problem has been addressed with “improved state management.” The bug allowed an attacker to spy on FaceTime users by calling the targeted user and adding the attacker’s own number to a group chat….

Videos and descriptions of the vulnerability have been making the rounds on social media websites. The attack does not require any technical knowledge and it can be carried out in seconds. The attacker calls the targeted user via FaceTime and then immediately initiates a group chat by using the “Add person” button from the bottom…

The twin developments come as Facebook is under intense scrutiny over privacy following the Cambridge Analytica scandal earlier this year. Allegations that the political consultancy used personal information harvested from 87 million Facebook accounts have dented Facebook’s reputation. Since the scandal broke, Facebook has investigated thousands of apps and suspended more than 400 of them…

Anyone who doesn’t use, or at least hasn’t heard of, voice assistants belongs to a very exclusive club. For many, it’s easier to ask Google, Alexa, or Siri a question rather than typing in a search query. However, as with any futuristic technology, care is called for when it comes to voice helpers. We’ve already posted…

Hot on the heels of an open letter from investors urging Apple to do more to protect children from smartphone addiction, the tech giant has recently dedicated a page on their website to families. The “Families” page, which can be accessed at apple.com/families, contains tools parents can use to set restrictions on devices accessible to their kids, manage…