Beware … apps that threaten your data privacy


If you rely only on good reviews from other users, you may expose certain apps to a privacy risk.Speed ​​Checker programs allow the user to check the speed of the Internet in the home network, and these programs work as applications better on smartphones and tablets, and such applications can be downloaded for free from the Google Play application store, according to (Al Ain News).

The modus operandi of these applications is for the smartphone or tablet to communicate with the measurement server; Where a certain amount of data is sent to the server, then this data is returned again, and then the duration of the data transfer process is measured, and thus the download and upload rate is calculated.

The user may be exposed to the risk, with regard to privacy, if he relies on only good reviews from other users, after the portal conducted a test on 14 Internet speed test applications for mobile devices equipped with Google Android.

The test results found that despite the good reviews and comments that these applications enjoy from other users, they have many flaws in terms of security, privacy and data protection.

There is a problem in 12 of the applications that were tested; As these applications collect unnecessary data to perform their functions and transfer it to other parties; For example, 6 applications registered the WLAN wireless network identification number, which the device being used is connected to.

German experts indicated that the applications that collect BSSID data are considered extremely dangerous; It allows service providers to locate the user without his permission with the possibility of creating databases for this purpose.

There are some applications that have registered the IMSI identification number, which is a group of numbers related to the SIM card inserted in the mobile device, and these numbers can be used to locate devices, and companies that provide mobile phone services can assign the number to people.

Another app has collected IMEI number; Any mobile device sold worldwide has this 15-digit number, and IMEI and IMSI numbers are usually classified by technology experts as sensitive data; It allows third parties to track a smartphone or tablet, and it can only be changed when the device is changed or the SIM card is changed.

Unencrypted internet connection

The German technology portal indicated that some applications create an unencrypted internet connection, and this unencrypted connection can be used to transfer messages to the device, which may require downloading a file or entering login data, and since the messages appear to be coming from the application, it will be more reliable.

The free and simple application LibreSpeed ​​to measure internet speed appeared well in the German technology portal test, and it comes without additional functionality, is ad-free, open source, and can be downloaded from the F-Droid store.


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