A recent study by University of Michigan reported over 956 potential exploits on Android applications, which can lead to data extracting, hacking, and malware installs. Some of these affected apps were reported to exceed over 10 million downloads.

The study discovered that there were 410 apps on Google Play Store, which consisted of open ports. This definitely raises the question of data security on the creators of these apps, who weren’t concerned about the 956 ways in which these apps can exploit a user’s privacy. While one might consider this number to be nominal and retractable, these app downloads show a completely different story, which go beyond 50 million downloads.

These open ports, leave exploitable gaps in between the security, which allows interference between firewall. Following these foundings, the University team, built OPAnalyzer, a program that identifies the vulnerable characteristics of the open port in Android Applications. Later the team also searched 57 apps, which turned out to be a data security nightmare.

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These ports can share user data, creating proxies to generate targeted ads. The use of VoIP calls can threaten your caller ID and also lead in exploiting your security information. PhoneGap is an Adobe app which is used to handle JavaScript and API calls. These open ports allow hackers to enter in all these divisions of your system. You can eliminate this danger by enforcing strong BYOD policies, using firewall system and reinforcing a better security habit. Ensure to steer clear of these data security threats to ensure your privacy.