Smartphone Security: Are Mobile Apps Safe?

They exist by the thousand, consumers and business people love them, and they may well be the future of software. But are mobile apps secure or are you putting your personal data — or your small business network — at risk every time you use them? Our sister site, CIOUpdate has the details.

LAS VEGAS — Mobile apps have proliferated in recent years thanks to the success of Apple’s App Store and Google’s Android market. Apps abound, but how do users know if they are secure?

Two sessions at the Black Hat security conference this week in Las Vegas are detailing numerous concerns in mobile app security. One of the biggest questions concerns the permissions that mobile apps have, and what nefarious things they might be doing with users’ personal information.

“The research that my talk is covering is called the App Genome project, and with that we analyzed almost 300,000 applications for Android and iPhone,” Kevin Mahaffey, CTO of research firm Lookout, told

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