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Bryan M. Wolfe
| July 30, 2010
Report: iPhone Apps Can Access Contact Information
In June, I reported that some Android apps could compromise a user’s data. Today, a new report calls into question the safety of some iPhone apps as well.The news isn’t pretty: compared with approximately eight percent of Android apps that could cause security problems, 14 percent of all iPhone apps could do the same thing. This comes from the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, where security research firm Lookout revealed its findings. They reviewed the security of 300,000 free applications available in both the App Store and Android Market. Lookout produces virus protection software for Android, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile devices. Initial findings include:
- 29% of free applications on Android have the capability to access a user’s location, compared with 33% of free applications on iPhone
- Nearly twice as many free applications have the capability to access user’s contact data on iPhone (14%) as compared to Android (8%)
- 47% of free Android apps include third party code, while that number is 23% on iPhone