“nothing is secure online”
“be aware before you share because that’s your best defense”
I recently wrote a long article about app security and I looked into all the areas that relate to it - emails, SMS, cloud servers, smartphones, etc.. I would consider myself pretty aware of general security issues and I always read the privacy policies (however briefly). But a lot of things came to light that surprised me.
SMS & Emails
For instance, SMS and emails are extremely open to tampering when in the process of transmitting. That means that once you send it someone could theoretically read through it whilst it’s on its journey to the other person.
Your smartphone can have a 16 digit long passcode but if someone wants access they can get it. Human error is the most likely cause - the recent example of Mat Honan whose iCloud details were given to hackers by customer service reps is a perfect example. But there are also ways of detecting the passcode by the smudges on your screen or hacking in via your web browser.
And what about that app you downloaded, are you sure it’s safe? Did you check it for malware? How about your data, where is that going and what’s being done with it? These are questions we need to ask ourselves.
The problem is that people don’t know to ask those questions. We have so much trust in the security systems in place that we never think to worry about what we might need to do to ensure everything is safe.
In conclusion I think the only way we can possibly be sure is if we are informed of the risks and make an educated decision to use an app. This means reading those privacy policies but perhaps if we know what to look for it won’t take up so much of our precious time.