A digital security company Avast had recently found vulnerabilities in more than 19,000 apps on Google Play Store with a crucial misconfiguration that can potentially leak users’ personal information and pointed out that Firebase is a tool Android can use to store user data.
The company said in a statement that it found over 19,300 Android apps exposing user data to the public due to a misconfiguration of the Firebase database. Firebase is a tool Android can use to store user data.
It is further said that the data exposed can include personally identifiable information (PII) collected by the apps, such as names, addresses, location data, and in some cases even passwords.
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The company said it has notified Google of its findings so they could inform app developers to take corrective action.
The misconfiguration affects a broad range of apps, related to lifestyle, workout, gaming, mail, food delivery, and more. The issue was seen in regions worldwide including in Europe, South-East Asia, and Latin America.
Google Play Store is still considered the safest source for downloading apps on Android devices, but there are apps listed on the store that can put your device’s security at risk. While Google vets its app store, there are malicious or faulty apps present on the platform that can be dangerous.
Users are advised to be wary of what they download on the platform by verifying all apps before downloading them.