What are the bad apps for iPhone

iOS and Android - what good is built-in security?

Smartphones are small computers and combine the functions of telephone, media player, handheld game console, information database and navigation system in a single device. So it's no wonder that smartphones are slowly but surely overtaking all of the device types just mentioned. Due to the extensive range and the significantly lower price, Android-based smartphones enjoy the most widespread use, followed by the quasi-inventor of the modern telephone, Apple. Windows-based devices are on the advance, but still play a minor role in Europe.

All providers have a common concept for the provision of the software for their platforms. There is a central point of contact for distributing the programs selected by the user, the apps (abbreviation for Application), to the mobile device. This conceptual difference to the desktop operating systems or early forms of mobile devices based on Palm or Windows CE / Mobile raises a crucial question: How do providers protect us from badly programmed apps that can pose a security risk to me?

Basically, the risk does not differ from conventional desktop computers, since programs can even come from any source there. However, since Google, Apple and Microsoft now act as the sole retailer for their platforms through their stores, the demands on the provider increase automatically, because there is no alternative: the manufacturer produces the device, delivers the infrastructure and ultimately sells it as a middleman the entire software - with so much perceived monopoly in one pile, the basic security concept should be right.

Economic damage and data protection risk

As practical as the small mini-programs are, they are not all good. With free apps in particular, the user must be aware that the program or service is free, but the user pays for it with their data. That gives Dr. Julian Schütte from the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied and Integrated Security AISEC in Garching near Munich.

This data is the current whereabouts, email data or address information. These data lead to personal or location-based advertising. You might think that's not that bad. That's right if it's only about private information. However, if the apps transmit information from business e-mails with company-critical content, geo-positions of employees or confidential contact details, there could be economic damage, Schütte added.

Free apps generally pose a risk in terms of data security, as the processing of the data found represents the actual business model of the provider. During installation, it announces which information an app would like to have access to. Without question, a "flashlight app" hardly needs access to the address book. If the data access goes too far for you, you can choose another app with a similar scope of services. Since there are several apps for every conceivable use, there is always hope of encountering such an alternative.

Well-known providers prefer to reduce the scope of their lite editions and hope to warm up those interested in purchasing the paid full version. The further processing of personal data for advertising purposes is already frowned upon.