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Mobile apps are launched 60 times daily by 15 percent of users

A recent study determined that 280 million people are launching their applications many times each day.

A new report from Flurry has been released and what it showed was that there is a considerable group of people that they are labeling “mobile addicts” due to the number of times that their mobile apps are launched within any given day.

What they found was that 15 percent of smartphone and tablet users are launching their applications very often.

In fact, the Flurry report showed that those 15 percent are launching mobile apps at least 60 times per day. This meant that they fell into the category of mobile addicts, as defined by the firm, and that there are an estimated 280 million of them around the world. These 280 million people are continually using and launching applications in their mobile devices. Though this may not sound like very much when compared to the complete global population, keep in mind that it is 15 percent, which means between one and two out of every 10 people could fall into this category.

In fact, the number of people launching mobile apps at that rate is equivalent to one of the most populous countries.

Mobile Apps & Mobile UsersTwo hundred and eighty million people is the same number as the fourth most populated country on the planet, only slightly behind the population of the United States. When considering that mobile addicts could make up the fourth most populated country in the world, it starts to put things into perspective with regards to the usage of these devices and how much some people are actually using them.

Furthermore, the mobile addicts usage group is also the one that has the largest growth in terms of its own population. In fact, over the last year, the number of people who would fall into that group grew by a massive 59 percent.

Among the primary drivers of this very high rate of usage of mobile apps is messaging and social applications. Those are the types of app that are launched 6.6 times more frequently than are used by the average smartphone or tablet user that is not considered to be an addict.

Mobile security flaw places millions of app users at risk

Researchers in Germany have now identified a common weakness in programming practices.

A research team in Germany has now stated that they have found a common poor programming practice that has left a flaw that could lead to a mobile security exposure that risks data breaches for millions of app users.

The method of authenticating users could potentially place the personal data of those individuals at risk.

The flaw in the programming could potentially expose the personal data of the users of the apps in which the developers used those mobile security practices. The reason is because of the method by which the app developers authenticate users during the data storage and retrieval processes with cloud databases, such as the Amazon Web Services and Parse at Facebook. The reasearchers are from the Darmstadt University of Technology and the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology.

The researchers identified the mobile security flaw by looking into 750,000 Google Play and Apple Store apps.

Mobile Security threat to many usersWhat the researchers found was that many of them use mobile authentication strategies by way of basic API-tokens, despite the fact that there are other methods readily available that are considered to be notably more secure.

This app development strategy is in direct opposition to the advice for best practices that has been issues by cloud storage providers. According to a statement made by Amazon Web Services, they have been advised of a “small number” of mobile app developers who have apps that hold AWS credentials. It said that it is their belief that those developers have “inadvertently embedded their own AWS credentials within their mobile applications, which could lead to unauthorized use of the developer’s AWS services and data.”

The statement also pointed out that AWS took the step to communicate directly with each of those developers in order to offer them guidance for the removal of their credentials from the apps. They also took the step to “encourage them to carefully examine their AWS resources for unauthorised activity and provide assistance as needed.”

The German team’s leader, Professor Eric Bodden said that this was a significant mobile security issue, as they were able to identify 56 million unprotected data sets.