How your personal data may be exposed by misconfigured mobile apps

App developers are failing to properly set up and secure access to third-party services, putting user data at risk, says Check Point Research.

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That mobile app you’ve been using could be exposing your personal data to the wrong people, not because of the way the app is designed but because of the way it taps into third-party services. As described in a report released on Thursday, cyber threat intelligence firm Check Point Research said it found that poorly configured access to third-party services in mobile apps can expose usernames, email address and even passwords to malicious actors.

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The challenge is that today’s mobile apps increasingly rely on third-party data and services. Many apps access cloud-based storage, online databases,…

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