Some popular smartphone apps may be secretly taking screenshots of your activity and sharing them to third parties , a study has found. This is particularly disturbing because these screenshots and videos of your activity on screen, will include information like usernames, Passwords,Credit card details and other details as researches said.
The study was designed to investigate a persistent urban that phones are secretly recording our conversations and then selling that information to companies.
A professor of Northeastern University , David Choffnes said that “We have found that thousand apps have ability to record your screen and anything you type” that include your username, password, because it can record the characters you type before turn into little black dots.
The study was designed to investigate a persistent urban legand that phone are secretly recording our conversation and then selling that information to companies so they can pepper you with targeted advertisement.
What they found is that some companies were sending screenshots and video of users activity to third party.
The researcher analyzed that over 17,000 of the most popular apps on the android operating system will be less vulnerable. This study was done on Android phones, in all 9,000 of the 17,000 apps had the potential to take screenshots.
Wilson said, in one case the app took video of the screen activity and sent that information to third party. As app was GoPuff, a fast food delivery service, which sent the screenshots to Appsee, all sctivity done without awareness of app users.
Researcher emphasized that neither company appeared to have any nefarious intent. They said that web developer only use this type of information t debug their apps and improve user’s experienced.