You may have heard about the FREAK exploit that has been talked about lately, and you might think you are secure using the bank app, or medical records app that you downloaded directly from the Apple Store or Google Play.
A new study just released has shown that isn’t quite the case, as the FREAK exploit is based on the encryption keys that the server you connect to, not the App on the phone alone.
Ars Technica has an article about the study, and points out that users of apps should contact the vendors to inquire wether they have corrected the app to prevent FREAK attacks.
WHAT SHOULD I DO?
1 – Upgrade your phone to the latest versions, as they have tried to prevent a vast majority of FREAK attacks in the latest versions. The study found that even after the update on iOS, there were still 7 apps that were vulnerable.
2 – Don’t trust public wifi for secure transactions – you never know when the guy or girl next to you at the library is actually trying to hack your bank account.