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PrivacyHawk Zeroes in on Questionable Apps

Those who have wondered just how secure the apps they’ve downloaded are can, finally find out if their information is being shared secretly.

PrivacyHawkA new app introduced by Marble Security will identify risky Android applications and notify users of the concern. It’s a simple premise that, with more and more reports of leaked information daily, could save Smartphone users a great deal of headaches further down the road.

“With little thought to the consequences, smartphone users casually give sweeping permissions to mobile apps to upload and use private information stored on their devices,” Dave Jevans, CEO, chairman and CTO of Marble Security said in a press release. “What they do not understand is that once uploaded, personal data is frequently sold to advertisers around the world. That data, in turn, can be easily stolen or purchased by cybercriminals, hackers, hostile governments and aggressive advertising networks to mount highly targeted phishing and social media attacks.”

PrivacyHawk, he explained, was created so mobile users can check the applications on their phone and easily identify any abusing personal data that may contain malware.

As reported by Tech.co, there’s no easy way to tell what apps are safe and which are not. In fact, more than 42 percent of the world’s most dangerous apps originated in the United States. Those apps can be found, and downloaded, at reputable sites and stores including the App Store and Google Play Store.

A free download at the Google Play Store, Privacy Hawk not only alerts users to unsafe apps but provides insight on what information is being shared. The app shows what personal data these apps access and graphically maps where in the world each app sends data.

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  • App Hawk is virtually a waste of time. I installed on Samsung Galaxy S5 with Android 5.0 and it refuses to scan installed apps, requires user to type in name if app to be scanned. I have 96 apps on my phone. Without automation it’s just too labor intensive. Even when I typed in “Color Note” an app I use frequently, it failed to do much beyond showing a map graphic with a line to the developers geolocation. Did you folks actually test this app or write the article based on developer PR release notes and sales information. Huge waste of time. Don’t need to read your website if it is all smoke & mirrors, Alice’s rabbit hole.