Recent research into the security of our smartphones has found that Google’s Android operating system poses a security risk, as it has been claimed that criminals can gain access to the exchange of data between handsets.
The discovery was made by security experts at the University of Ulm in Germany. Android have been selling mobile phones at an astonishing rate since its launch a few years back and are currently the market leaders in the smartphone genre.
The majority of applications on Android phones interact with Google services by asking for an authentication token – essentially a digital ID card for particular application. The token removes the need to keep logging into a service each and every time you need to access it. The German report claims that a hacker monitoring an Android handset could gain access to this token without the owner knowledge.
Data security on our mobile phones is big issue currently, with all the major operating platforms moving quickly to release security apps to boost consumer confidence.
Our smartphones now hold so much of our personal data: private emails, bank accounts and social networking can all be controlled through our smartphones. It is because of a dependence on these handheld computers that they’re now seen as a prime target for cyber-crime.