Some Android apps secretly taking screenshots of one’s activity

Although privacy breaches appeared to be benign, researchers emphasised how easily a phone’s privacy window could be exploited for profit.

Neighbourhood Technology Desk/Avi Arya: Studies have found that some popular smartphone apps may be secretly taking screenshots of your activity and sending them to third parties. It’s considered disturbing cause screenshots and videos of your activity on the screen and could include usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, and other important personal information as well. Study was designed to investigate a persistent urban legend that phones are secretly recording our conversations and then selling that information to companies so they can pepper you with targeted advertisements.

While the researchers found no evidence of recorded conversations, they discovered activity that could be even more dangerous.researchers analysed over 17,000 of the most popular apps on the Android operating system, using an automated test programme written by the students. Although the study was conducted on Android phones, researchers said there is no reason to believe that other phone operating systems would be less vulnerable.

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