Inventing For Android? Keep Security in Mind


The Android platform is often praised for its openness. After all any developer with the know how can make an publish apps for the platform. Android is growing in popularity as many companies flock to it as a way to complete with the iPhone. While security issues have in no way taken a back seat there are a lot of issues with all of that openness and what it might mean for end users data.

Those security concerns were stepped up a notch this week when the ACLU filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission about the practices of wireless carriers when it comes to Android device security. In the complaint the company alleges that the carriers are not doing their duty.

"These companies—AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile—have sold millions of smartphones to consumers running versions of Google’s Android operating system. Unfortunately, the vast majority of these phones never receive critical software security updates, exposing consumers and their private data to significant cybersecurity-related risks," an ACLU rep said, "...Google’s Android operating system now has more than 75% of the smartphone market, yet the majority of these devices are running software that is out of date, often with known, exploitable security vulnerabilities that have not been patched. For consumers running these devices, there is no legitimate software upgrade path. The problem isn’t that consumers aren’t installing updates, but rather, that updates simply aren’t available. Although Google’s engineers regularly fix software flaws in the Android operating system, these fixes aren’t packaged up and pushed to consumers by the wireless carriers and their handset manufacturer partners."

With the growing amount of seucurity concverns about the platforms inventors who are using it to sell apps may wish to build in their own application layer security, if any individual data is used.

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