Most Mobile Apps Suck at Password Security


According to a recent report from digital security firm viaForensics (via InformationWeek), most mobile apps are horrible at maintaining password security. This is rather disappointing, but there are some things users can do to help themselves out just in case.

Of 100 popular mobile apps tested by the security firm, 76 percent of mobile apps across iOS and Android store usernames as plaintext. Worse, however, is that 10 percent of the apps store passwords in plaintext–these are popular apps such as Skype and LinkedIn.

While we can’t directly change how they store the information, we can take some measures to take care of our data. For one, and it’s the most simple, just use different passwords for your apps. Do not use the same password you use for your email be the same one you use for Skype. All they have to do is figure out one password and they can access just about anything else they want, easily. Many use the same password/email combination for various services. Don’t do that. It’s not a good idea.

Also, make sure not to use some of those overused and very easy-to-figure-out passwords. As one mobile app developer found, many people use easy passwords such as “love” and “12345.”

Don’t forget:

More information at viaForensics

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