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Applications against the browser: where is it safer to communicate?

21st Century - The Century of Mobile Applications anddiverse social networks by interests. Concerned about the safety of their users' data, developers from all over the world are testing more and more new ways of protecting and encrypting data, thereby improving the experience already gained. Wanting to check the popular instant messengers and Internet browsers for security, associate professor David Choffnes conducted a unique study comparing free applications and web services on Android and iOS mobile devices in terms of protecting user privacy. In particular, the Choffness team investigated the degree of leakage of user information - from date of birth and location to passwords - to advertisers and data analysis companies.

Which is safer: instant messengers or browsers?

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According to an article published on the, a study conducted in the USA, showed that despite the assumptions of experts that mobile applications miss much more than one identifier or another compared to Internet browsers, everything turned out a little different in real life. It has been found that websites let in more than various types of information in almost 40 percent of cases. However, the researchers proved that the level of leaks varies greatly depending on the platform. So, if websites are most likely to collect data about the user's location, then applications for smartphones “collect” unique identification numbers of mobile devices.

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Although the causes of intentional leaksmost often they are absolutely legal; sometimes users even don’t have a clue that the data provided by them is used by a third party collecting data about a potential client. Data such as location, username, gender and date of birth, email address and even email password often fall into the hands of third-party services, sometimes even completely unfamiliar to the Internet user. However, David Choffness and his team believe that there is currently no single answer to the question of which platform is best suited for all users. Scientists came to this conclusion after analyzing the 50 most popular free online services in various categories, which included most of the well-known entertainment and business applications.

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The authors of the study hope that the resultingthe results will allow you to start a dialogue between consumers and online services about the types of information that should be collected, balancing between the needs of users and the level of privacy they need.