Hackers keeping an eye on Android™ e-mail app
Are you really concerned about the security of your PC, Smartphone or tablet from cunning Internet burglars? Do you follow the security norms and take preventive actions to keep security breach attacks at bay? If you are not yet careful regarding the security instructions, then it is time that you better be. Hackers are waiting for you to leave a loophole for them to penetrate. Take your security measures seriously to avoid future consequences. Recently, rumors are in air regarding hackers plotting to attempt security breaches over Android devices. As reported, e-mail application of Android operating system encrypts passwords in plain text, giving hackers a clear chance to intervene.
These passwords are stored in plain text format within the SQLite database and thus remain in a decoded state. According to an Android executive, the e-mail app password security system is based on the pre-existing e-mail protocol. This protocol allows access to its user only after feeding the password for every login request generated towards the e-mail server. The recent Android devices feature Microsoft Exchange Active Sync support to prevent security leakage. But, quite a few Android devices are still maintained on the traditional security protocols of POP3, IMAP and SMTP, which can be breached by hackers. Although no security alert or updates has been issued officially from Google in this regard.
The issue roots in the simple form of password or login credentials of account holders used in the traditional protocols. These information and data of users lying in some specific database can be easily un-encrypted by the hackers.
The problem also lies with the third-party apps available for Android devices as it is very difficult to ensure whether these apps are secure or not.Â So, it is important for users to go for apps offered by reliable developers. It would expel the situations of ambiguity regarding hacking, phishing or malware attacks.