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Some popular iPhone apps secretly record your screen without asking

Researchers have actually found a number of popular iPhone applications that secretly record actions on the smartphone screen, without even asking users. The scenario is worsened by the fact that many of these applications can accidentally reveal confidential information.

Differentiated business Air Canada, Hollister and Expedia, which develop applications that help users to take a trip.

The truth is that application developers Abercrombie&Fitch, Hotels.com and Singapore Airlines use the “session replay” innovation that they embed in their programs. She permits to write down the screen of the gadget.

Generally such a record is made in order to examine the habits of the user – how exactly he utilizes the application, what he presses and so on. Also this approach is useful for identifying and removing different mistakes that occur throughout operation.

All thoroughly taken screenshots of each click are sent to the application designer. According to the authors of such programs, such a record of user actions helps to enhance the experience of using applications.

However, when it comes to some applications, recording the screen develops additional dangers. Security professionals discovered that the Air Canada application did not mask the screen recording appropriately.

When sending out such screenshots on them it was possible to find credit card data. By the method, just a few weeks back, Air Canada confessed that the application struggled with data leak – 20,000 user profiles were compromised.


So users will have to take special care when working with such applications. Maybe the best service is not to use them at all.

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Daniel Zimmermann

Daniel Zimmermann has been writing on security and malware subjects for many years and has been working in the security industry for over 10 years. Daniel was educated at the Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany and currently lives in New York.

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