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Hewlett-Packard (HP) has warned consumers that many mobile financial apps contain at least one privacy violation, such as unencrypted data storage and transmission and access to user contact lists and geolocation, TechCrunch reports. “The bottom line is that even with all the best intentions of providing fast tax-filing assistance, mobile tax apps could put users at risk,” said HP’s Maria Bledsoe. Privacy does not appear to be designed from the beginning for many of these apps. “A lot of companies are looking at mobile apps as a fancy user interface, and they’re putting their protection on the back-end behind the firewall,” Bledsoe said, adding, “they’re not realizing yet that this is yet another attack vector and is an entry point for the hackers.”
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