Most mobile app users blindly trust that the apps they download from app stores are safe and secure. But that isn’t the case.
Douglas Maughan, who heads up the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology division, tells FOX Business that most mobile apps aren’t vetted.
“Mobile applications are put out on the app store [but] they’re not really checked,” he says. “When people download applications most people don’t know what they are downloading. They don’t know what’s in that software.”
Maughan says users are playing an increasingly important role in the country’s cybersecurity defense, but the more smart devices that proliferate the market, the bigger the target.
“Things we call smart devices also can be insecure devices. They’ll share information and other kinds of things. Insecure apps aren’t just a national security risk. It puts user privacy on the line in a major way.”
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