HTC Vulnerability – Following The IOS Example?
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If you got a HTC phone running on an Android based operating system experts recommend that you inform yourself about a major vulnerability that may turn your precious gadget into a fully transparent source for HTC. Information such as phone numbers stored in the agenda or the GPS location could be exploited and recovered by HTC.
The main promoter for this vulnerability is a proprietary software bundle implemented by HTC on the latest smartphones that stores users' personal data. The data that the software is able to store contains e-mail addresses, phone numbers from the Contacts list, the latest GPS location, SMS data and the system logs. This is a very important policy break that many will find very annoying and as privacy is concerned, this concept does not exist. Unfortunately, the Sensation model is one of the HTC smartphones affected by this vulnerability and the information obtained this way can be accessed by certain apps by simply connecting the smartphone to the internet. However, even if HTC is a trustworthy market competitor and the data collected may be used in a positive creative way to improve customer experience, the vulnerability underneath the software can allow certain people with less good intentions create apps to extract the personal data from the smartphone.
This will most surely deliver bad results for the HTC marketing campaign and most importantly, to all users’ privacy. There is also a real possibility of actual smartphone cloning and this is done by having access to certain system logs and data that can be extracted quite easily by someone that knows how.
Fortunately for many HTC smartphone users the list of vulnerable smartphones is rather short as the software is implemented only on the most recent products from HTC. Only the HTC smartphones that have the latest version of firmware installed are affected by this huge vulnerability. The list contains only three contenders until now and those are the HTC Sensation, HTC Evo 3D, HTC Thunderbolt. It seems the Desire HD is not affected by the vulnerability but the possibility has yet to be officially dispelled.
What matters most is that until HTC and certain attested companies that keep under surveillance the Android platforms announce officially that the vulnerability has been eliminated by a new firmware all smartphones the use Android are under the close surveillance of the people in discussion.
Join me in the next part when I try to offer an option for protecting yourself from this vulnerability.