Mobile Crime Escalates in London; Dating App Leaks User Information

The US isn’t the only country with growing mobile security concerns. According to Mobile Marketing Watch, London is experiencing a boom in mobile crime. Last month, more than 10,000 smartphone were stolen and more than half of them were iPhones. A large percentage of the stolen devices were not locked. The London police said that a growing portion of these thefts are also leading to identity theft and credit card fraud, since personal information is easily available on unlocked mobile devices. In fact, a recent study claims that more than 113 smartphones are lost or stolen every minute in the US. Remember to lock your devices with passcodes, and “remote wipe” and “find my phone” features are a must.

Users should also be aware of mobile insecurity in the dating world. Yes, the dating world! With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, OKCupid released a new app aimed at singles looking for blind dates called “Crazy Blind Date.” It turns out that the app made users’ email addresses and birthdates easily accessible to other users “with the right technical skills.” Jacqui Cheng at Ars Technica wrote, “OKCupid fixed the hole immediately after being notified by the WSJ of its findings; a version 1.1 is already out on the App Store, and OKCupid CEO Sam Yagan says there’s no evidence that the exploit was actually used. (There is also a version of this app for Android devices.)” For anyone looking for love this Valentine’s Day season, be sure to check for app permissions and privacy settings before downloading any dating apps.