Skype for Android Flaw Puts User Information at Risk

Lora Bentley
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Federal investigators are already looking at the data-sharing practices of those who develop applications for Apple's iOS and Google's Android mobile operating systems. That became clear early this month when Pandora reported receiving a subpoena. But aside from intentionally sharing data, some apps also have a problem with inadvertently leaking data.


The latest "leaking app" according to, is Skype for Android. Writer Rosa Golijand explains:

For some reason the folders and databases containing all the data related to the Skype app and your account are accessible by anyone or any app - and on top of that, they're not even encrypted.

She goes on to note that the app, which has been around for months, has nearly 10 million users. And all of their data has been at risk since October.


The news shouldn't come as a surprise. The App Genome Project found 14 percent of iPhone apps and 8 percent of Android apps do leak user information. And, as IT Business Edge blogger Carl Weinschenk has pointed out, "Forty-seven percent of Android apps ... use third-party code that may be interacting-and doing heaven knows what-with user information."


Many apps can provide increases in efficiency and productivity, sure. But users should verify that the apps are made by a trusted source before they download them-particularly if they use their phones for work as well as personal purposes. Otherwise, company information could be at risk right along with the user's personal information.

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