iPad Apps: How Secure Are They?

Security Binary DataThe iPad and it’s apps (software applications) are possibly the “good news/bad news” item of the century. Good news because it’s a lightweight, convenient, Internet connected device that’s been designed by Apple’s royal court of coolness. And therefore, will undoubtedly be used to remotely perform lots of functions that had been previously done at a work- or home-based desktop. Bad news because it’s based on Apple’s Mac OS X operating system which has been demonstrated as able to be hacked in a matter of minutes. And because of it’s immense popularity, Apple projects 40 million shipments this year, has become a target for hackers and cybercriminals.

The Best iPad Apps List.com site Business iPad Apps List contains some very interesting applications, both from a “cool way to work” point of view, and from a security threat standpoint.

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The most security vulnerability-laden apps on this ten most popular apps list are as follows:

  • Jump Desktop (Remote Desktop) – This app allows an iPad user to connect to his home or office desktop or laptop and remain connected. This exposes private and business data and application to anyone who’s hacked into the iPad or iPad 2.
  • PDF Reader Pro and ReaddleDocs – Which allow the iPad user to read documents remotely, exposes those documents and any private or proprietary information contained in them to bad guys who might be hacked in.
  • Roambi – Visualizer – “allows users to access and share their company’s information from anywhere at anytime…”— enough said.
  • Air Sharing HD – “mounts your iPad as a wireless drive on a Mac, Windows, or Linux computer (on the same Wi-Fi network), or connect from any web browser.” Another swell way to expose information to hackers.
  • Job Search – A super way to expose personal information from a resume or job application to those cybercriminals who would use it to steal your identity, your money, and credit.

The bottom line to all this is: that all iPad users should consider the potential exposure and theft of the information they access on all iPad apps. These are only the top ten business apps; there are undoubtedly many, many more.

Remember: Be careful…it’s dangerous out there.

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One response to “iPad Apps: How Secure Are They?

  1. Richard Tatschner

    Users are starting to install Jump Desktop on their home computers which link to the corporate WAN. I have alarm bells ringing very loud when I found out. Does anyone know how secure this product is, what liability is accepted by the providers and so on. My instinct is to shut their links down until it’s been uninstalled but that may be a little draconian.

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