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The Appthority® App Report


The Appthority® App Report for February 2013 provides an overview of the security risks behind 100
free iOS and Android apps. Appthority examined the differences between the Android and iOS app
ecosystems; compared app behaviors across five popular app categories (business, education,
entertainment, finance, games); and looked at the developers behind these apps.

Report Highlights

  • The vast majority of free apps send and receive data to outside parties without encryption.
  • 96% of total apps share data with advertising networks and/or analytics companies.
  • 79% of the top 50 free iOS and Android apps are associated with risky behaviors or privacy
    issues. Overall, iOS apps exhibited more risky behaviors than Android apps.
  • Entertainment apps were the worst offenders out of the top five categories, with the highest number of apps that track for location and share data with advertising networks and/or analytics companies.
  • While 14% of iOS apps had access to a user’s calendar, none of the Android apps had similar access.
  • More than half of the total apps track for location by accessing the device GPS or using other location tracking methods.
  • More than 80% of apps across categories come from different unique, individual developers.

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