KIT - Privacy Friendly Apps
Many apps, especially free ones, however, request permissions that are not necessary for their functionality
. As such, for example, a weather app might request access to one’s contact list, or a QR-code scanner can send private photos to some server.
It is often not clear to the end users, however, whether and when these permissions may lead to privacy violations.
Even if sharing some personal data does not seem dramatic, collecting and analysing much of this data can be abused.
As such, #hackers
can use the collected data in order to get more information about you, which can then be used for:
- Targetted attacks (so-called spear phishing)
- Influencing one’s buying or voting decisions.
Even if the app developer itself is trustworthy, it can become a target of a hacker #attack
, so that all of the collected data becomes compromised
For list of apps, scroll down the page at this link:https://secuso.aifb.kit.edu/english/105.php