Security concerns over 3rd party apps

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by Upsidedown-A, Jan 24, 2009.

  1. Upsidedown-A macrumors newbie

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    I notice that there are some free third party apps that will make it possible to use the iPod/iPhone as a wireless flash drive. Given that they use the wifi network and the Internet, is there any way to be sure the app doesn't 'call home' and send a copy of whatever documents you're transferring back to e.g. Moscow or Lagos for some unscrupulous mafia types to trawl through for personal information? (apologies to any Russians or Nigerians who may resent the aspersions).
     
  2. KRAPPS macrumors 6502

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    Very legit concern and something I highly considered when I purchased eWallet ... I went with eWallet because they are a reputable company that has provided "security" apps even before the iPhone ... so per your thinking, I would question file transfer apps ... fyi, I use Air Share and eerything is ok fine so far ... I think? ... I hope :D
     
  3. firewood macrumors 604

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    You could always install a firewall that does logging and blocking on the other side of your wifi access point.

    What I might do is to simply unplug the broadband side of my (secured) wifi access point and/or LAN router when transferring financial data, etc. between various systems.

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  4. LostLogik macrumors 6502a

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    I would like to think that Apple's review process did actually check this sort of thing out. Surely the while point of their locked-down process.
     
  5. Upsidedown-A thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the responses. I think I'll probably not use any of these apps and just use a dedicated flash drive, since they're so cheap and widely available. I agree with the last poster that Apple probably does quite a bit of vetting. But I'd like to know for sure before using this kind of app.
     

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