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iOS Apps May Not Exactly Be Fort Knox That They Are Thought to be, Says Study

Update Date: Nov 16, 2015 09:09 AM EST

A new security study conducted by CheckMarx has claimed that the App Store by Apple may not really be as safe as it is glorified to be. As per the report, iOS in fact be more vulnerable to security loopholes than the Android apps. In the report, a critical vulnerability is the one that "that exposes a major security risk with a direct exploit (not needing user involvement). If exploited, the security threat might cause major damage to the application and/or have major impact on the company," says Yahoo News.

The researchers involved in the study said that the most common vulnerability is about leaking sensitive and personal consumer information. However, it is not fair to predict accurately as the numbers can be easily fudged and the statistics can be tweaked. Hence it can not be said clearly if iOS is really more unsafe than Android solely on the basis of this report since it seems to be focusing only on the percentages and not the raw numbers. Without the exact numbers, it is impossible to predict the true nature of the data that the percentages in the Checkmarx report claim, says Yahoo News.

Despite the lack of clarity in the report by Checkmarx, its findings cannot be dismissed entirely, especially at a time when a popular app on the App Store has been collecting Instagram usernames and passwords and passing the information to a remote server. Another app by the name of InstaAgent was reportedly publishing unauthorized images to the accounts of the users without taking their permission, reported BGR.

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