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What’s safe – and what’s not

If you’re using a VPN app to secure your smartphone — maybe to download torrents, maybe to make your online banking a little more safe — then chances are, it’s not doing what it pretends to. A paper co-authored by CSIRO’s data science arm examined nearly 300 Android VPN apps and found that almost all of them leak some kind of user traffic data.

CSIRO actually has its own app, PrivMetrics, that ranks apps on your Android phone in terms of their privacy risk level and the permissions that they ask for. It’ll also suggest more secure alternatives to your installed apps if available.

Read the entire article here.


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