Skype on Android Leaking Data

Seems Skype running on Android is playing a little fast and loose with some of your information. Things like: account balance, your full name, date of birth, address, phone numbers and e-mail address. AndroidPolice.com discovered, “Skype mistakenly left these files with improper permissions, allowing anyone or any app to read them. Not only are they accessible, but completely unencrypted.”

When questioned, Skype said: 1) We are working quickly to protect you from this vulnerability, including securing the file permissions. 2) To protect your personal information, we advise users to take care in selecting which applications to download and install onto their device.

We suggest users “take care” and remove Skype from their Android device until Skype can take a little “better care” of your info and fix their poor security practices.

Want to see what your Android phone is saying about you? When installing an app there’s a screen listing what the app will access. Make sure the app has a legitimate need for this access. If not, don’t complete the install. To check apps you’ve already installed, go to Settings | Applications.

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