We use mobile apps to access just about everything, including linking them to our online accounts. Good developers use thorough testing to keep our personal data safe, but not all developers are “good developers”. By linking our accounts to mobile apps without knowing the app is trustworthy and has been tested, we put ourselves in line to be hacked.
Wired reporter Mat Honan saw the worst of it when his digital life was destroyed by hackers:
“In the space of one hour, my entire digital life was destroyed. First my Google account was taken over, then deleted. Next my Twitter account was compromised, and used as a platform to broadcast racist and homophobic messages. And worst of all, my AppleID account was broken into, and my hackers used it to remotely erase all of the data on my iPhone, iPad, and MacBook.”
Security testing is necessary. Hackers exist just waiting to try to find a good security hole in a mobile app. As we move towards the cloud, it is more important than ever to make sure our accounts and the ways we access them are secure.
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