SwiftKey Security Issue

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by ghsNick, Sep 18, 2014.

  1. ghsNick macrumors 68030


    May 25, 2010
    I'm confused by the message saying it'll have access to everything I've entered. I accepted it so I can try it, but I only typed a few notes to test it out.

    Does it now have previous credit cards and information that I typed in using my regular Apple keyboard before it?

    Or will it only get that information if I type that information in using their keyboard? I plan on uninstalling.
  2. hasanahmad macrumors 65816

    May 20, 2009
    it will take over your finances, your texts and publish all your private photos on TMZ.

    jk. it needs it to access the keyboard on a systemwide basis as opposed to broad basis
  3. mreddys10, Sep 18, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2014

    mreddys10 macrumors regular

    Jul 29, 2008
    Most of the third party keyboards try to 'learn' how you type so that they can give you better predictions. In order to do this, they sometimes send the words you type to an external server to improve the dictionary, or sync your dictionary across all your devices. This is the security risk that they are talking about. And this is the reason that Apple will only allow its own built-in keyboard for secure fields like password fields, and credit card info fields.

    Third-party keyboards won't have access to what you type on other keyboards.
  4. eddiec312 macrumors 6502


    Jul 19, 2008
    Miami, FL
    For what it's worth, Swiftkey is a British company. So... pretty much the Queen will read everything you type and not the NSA :p
  5. ghsNick thread starter macrumors 68030


    May 25, 2010
    Thanks for the feedback. So if I don't type any passwords or credit card info into the SwiftKey keyboard I should be fine?
  6. phillytim macrumors 65816


    Aug 12, 2011
    Philadelphia, PA
    My bet is that users will be fine even if they did type pw/credit/etc. stuff with SwiftKey.
  7. Puonti macrumors 6502a

    Mar 14, 2011
    And they can always use the new credit card scanning feature in Safari instead if typing such information with a third-party keyboard is a concern (or if typing it with any keyboard feels too much like 2012).
  8. ghsNick thread starter macrumors 68030


    May 25, 2010
    Ok so if I typed in a credit card number using Apple's keyboard than downloaded SwiftKey, it wouldn't have that info. Right?

    It throws me when it says "including things you have previously typed with this keyboard". Does that mean Apple's keyboard or SwiftKey's?
  9. sumsingwong macrumors 6502a


    Dec 15, 2012
    I played around with the 3rd party keyboards but eventually went back to stock.
  10. EJ8 Suspended


    Oct 13, 2010
    Why doesn't Swype require this "Allow Full Access"? It works fine without it.
  11. powerstrokin macrumors 6502a


    May 18, 2013
    Oh the NSA will still read it. Don't be naive.
  12. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012

    Previously typed as in the user dictionary.

    Apple solved the security problem that previously didn't exist with recognized replacement keyboards.

    You are much more likely to have a problem with the websites you are typing the password into rather than the keyboard itself.
  13. Hustler1337 macrumors 68000


    Dec 23, 2010
    London, UK
    The Queen will have someone read it out to her. Reading out yourself is for the peasants. :)
  14. sbailey4 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2011
    This seems to be the case. I opened bankofamerica app and selected swiftkey keyboard, typed in userid but when it went to password field the keyboard switched back to apple standard. I will say though that the new quicktype (Apple keyboard) is pretty nice and is miles better at correcting typos, so fast typing seems to come out pretty good much like swiftkey.
  15. JBaker122586 macrumors 65816

    Jun 21, 2007
    The iPhone won't let you type credit card numbers or passwords into SwiftKey. Any time you click on a secure field on a website or app, it will bring up the standard iPhone keyboard rather than any third party one you have on.
  16. ghsNick thread starter macrumors 68030


    May 25, 2010
    Ok so just to clarify, I never typed in my password or credit card into SwiftKey, so I'm good?

    Sorry for sounding paranoid, I've just had bad luck with credit card theft so I want to make sure.
  17. Stuke00 macrumors 68000

    Oct 11, 2011
    If you are that worried, disable full access in SwiftKey. Tho most of its functionality won't work if you do that.
  18. ghsNick thread starter macrumors 68030


    May 25, 2010
    I removed the App for now. Just want to make sure using it for a little (with no passwords or credit cards) didn't mess anything up.

    I noticed the text would roll up so there was full visibility. Probably a bug, but sometimes the keyboard hid what I was typing until I scrolled up.
  19. bryanescuela Suspended

    Jun 27, 2008

    ^^^ this
  20. Solamar22 macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2010
    Swype does not require full access, unlike SwiftKey. That gets my vote!
  21. jigzaw macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2012
    I'm finding that Swiftkey works so much better than Swype (though this is probably due to full access), and Swype seemed to kind of lag up my keyboard switching, so I deleted it. I'm still tossing back and forth between Swiftkey and the native ios keyboard. Might give fleksy a try someday.
  22. jrswizzle macrumors 603


    Aug 23, 2012
    McKinney, TX
    You can't type passwords on it as Apple forces the standard Apple keyboard for use in entering passwords.
  23. Stuntman06 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2011
    Metro Vancouver, B.C, Canada
    SwiftKey does learn what you type and that includes numbers. When I was moving and I was typing my house number a lot, SwiftKey would predict my house number after entering the first digit. Any input field that SwiftKey can see, it can remember in order to better predict and correct what you type. If you can enter your credit card number in any input field that is visible, then SwiftKey will learn it and suggest it later if it finds you are constantly typing that number. This is how SwiftKey works and why it is considered one of the best keyboards when it comes to text prediction and auto correction.

    SwiftKey does not offer suggestions whenever I type into a password field where the characters you type are hidden. On my Android phone, SwiftKey never makes suggestions or corrections.

    If you use multiple devices, SwiftKey has a cloud feature. What it learns from one device it can apply to other devices. This feature works across platforms as well. I use SwiftKey on my Android phone. When I installed it on my iPad Mini, I activated the feature so it can take advantage of what it learned from my typing on my Android phone. As my typing style and words I use don't change across devices, SwiftKey can make accurate predictions and corrections immediately without having to relearn my typing style on my iPad Mini.

    Now whether or not someone who works for SwiftKey can actually go in and look at what you type, that is more to due with the security policy within the company. I think this is possibly what you may be concerned about. That I don't know. I do not recall seeing SwiftKey ever many any announcement about their security policies.

    It all comes down to a matter of trust. SwiftKey is a well trusted app on Android. It is one of the most popular third party keyboards on that platform. I do not recall hearing anything that suggests any issue with their security practices.
  24. SL4VE macrumors 6502

    Aug 19, 2010
    Definitely Mayweather material

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