Applications – Our digital servants
Dr Simon Wiseman examines potential security flaws behind apps that have designed to make our lives easier
We use applications all the time, whether on the desktop, mobile or via the web. They handle our sensitive data and let us control critical operations, at home and at work. Applications are supposed to be our servants, doing what we want in a digital world.
In reality applications do what their authors tell them to do. This usually aligns with our wishes as users – but not always, for example in-app advertising often annoys. Other features prove much more dangerous . . .