App privacy and security rules could be changing

Thursday 30 June, 2022

The risks and threats that are posed by downloading apps from official App Stores as well has third party operators shouldn’t be underestimated. The opportunities for hackers to upload malicious apps to these stores has been open and widespread. 

Both Google and Apple have attempted to make some headway in preventing malicious software making its way to their stores, however, this has not been entirely successful. The hackers are continuing to access smartphones around the world via the infected app downloads. 

Malicious Apps are a massive security threat 

The impact of these hackers gaining access to smartphones is severe. Recent malicious apps, containing the Triada and Escobar malware, gave the hackers access to important personal information whilst also giving them the ability to take money from the victim by independently signing them up to premium rate services. 

With the severity and frequency of these attacks increasing, the UK government has now established a consultation process with the aim to develop a new set of codes of practice for the app stores to follow, increasing the security and privacy of the apps that are available to the users. 

The government website sates “This government’s intention is to ensure consumers are protected from online threats by taking forward a robust set of interventions which are proportionate, pro-innovation and future-facing. The review therefore explored various options to address these challenges”. 

As part of the new code, it also states that all app stores must have a process that delivers more rapid detection and resolution of any privacy and security issues that are found. 

The majority of the biggest stores in the UK app market will be covered by the code. These include:

  • Apple
  • Google
  • Samsung
  • Amazon
  • Huawei
  • Microsoft

Blackphone PRIVY 2.0 already secured

Whilst we fully acknowledge that this move is a good step forward for mobile phone security, we also believe that it further highlights the issues we have been discussing for a long time. 

The new codes of practice will likely take quite some time to review, create and implement across all the various providers. This time lapse will obviously continue to offer the hackers an opportunity to develop malicious apps that are easily downloaded by unsuspecting users. 

There are also likely to be numerous holes in the new legislation that will provide malicious bodies avenues to circumvent legislative measures.

The quickest fix for this problem is the Blackphone PRIVY 2.0. The Blackphone PRIVY 2.0 has no pre-loaded apps and has an app store that only provides access to apps that have been thoroughly vetted to ensure their safety and security. 

If a third-party app is required to be used on the Blackphone PRIVY 2.0, it can be segregated on the mobile phone itself. This means it does not have any access to other sections of the phone that contain personal or financial information, thus providing additional protection. 

If you would like to discuss how the Blackphone PRIVY 2.0 can securely be deployed across your business or to protect yourself as a private individual, then please call our team. We are always on hand to help you. 

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