Thursday 31 January 2019
Books – Assem Al-Ansari:
The recent increase in data breaches and growing distrust of how the company treats customer personal data is one of the main reasons for raising awareness of the importance of data protection for both users and businesses.
People take increased steps to protect their private data, which increases the number of privacy-related privacy applications, such as virtual private network (VPN) applications.
Many users are doing a lot of searching for virtual private network applications in Google Play store and Store apps. VPN is the second highest search query without a brand, and hundreds of millions of downloads have been downloaded recently.
According to the Arabic Technical News Portal, Top10VPN has conducted some security investigations that have revealed that official application stores will not secure their users by hosting applications with security vulnerabilities, vague privacy policies, and secret developers with unreliable connections.
It also shows five points that show that these stores offer false security when it comes to protecting your data:
1. Lack of interest in privacy
Of the 20 free VPNs in their Google Play Store and Store, 86% had privacy policies that reduced the privacy of users.
The Top10VPN study has shown that 85% of the top 150 free "VPNs" in the Google Play Store offer permissions or source code that may violate the privacy of the user. We talk about games or other entertainment apps, but in the case of virtual private networks – where users pass all their Internet moves through servers run by an application developer – these results are a disaster for privacy.
2. Share data with a third party
VPNs typically have standard privacy policies that explain how to keep Internet transmission data safe for users from registration or tracking but some applications that have been investigated have explicitly stated that they are migrating these data to China where these applications are owned by many companies . Even worse, he is not able to guess what many virtual private network developers – who provide policies without details – can do with crawling data from their servers.
3. Failure to comply with stricter standards
China is six out of ten Chinese companies and China is known for monitoring and censoring the Internet. There have recently been cracks in local VPNs that may interfere with user privacy. That's why both Apple and Google have not implemented a stricter set of standards for these applications to protect their users.
4. Quality assurance in the app store is not required
As far as Google is concerned, it certainly does not work if it is not enough. For example, Google has removed 85 apps from its store after finding it to be a full-screen adware program on Android devices. "These apps were video games, video apps, and simulated remote control apps that hit nearly 9 million Android users after whole world.
It is obvious that quality assurance in application stores is not so strong that thousands of potential bad apps remain free to attract millions of users and then take action.
5. Do not specify who owns applications
Perhaps the most disturbing part of the Top10VPN study on these applications is the extent to which the team was investigating companies responsible for the development of these applications and the average user would not be able to do so, "Apple" and "Google" to clarify, here we find it appropriate to ask a lot of questions about these companies and what they do with user data and why they are not explicitly provided to users.