In February, two software developers encountered a problem in the system copy-paste iOS which could make sensitive information vulnerable. Tommy Mysk, one of the developers, told Digital Trends that as of iOS 14, the bug has been corrected with a new security feature in the form of a banner that informs users when an app is reading iPhone notes. . The banner highlighted the disrespectful privacy practices of several apps, such as AccuWeather, AliExpress, Call of Duty Mobile, Google News, Overstock, Patreon and TikTok. The apps “reported“From iOS 14 are already fifty.
The copy-paste problem on iOS
How long iOS can report as “sneak” dozens of apps, in reality the privacy problem is all in the operating system that allows apps to spy on the user. Apple assumes that when we copy information from an app, the next app we open will be the one where we want to paste that information. An Apple-centric approach, based on the substantial non-existence of multitasking on iOS, which results in the fact that any featured app can access the clipboard. The problem, however, is whether there are login data, personal information or other sensitive data in those notes.
The iOS 14 notification
Apple has responded to this problem in a questionable way on iOS 14: every time an app behaves in the way just described, a very annoying notification is shown at the top of the iPhone screen. This notification, which when we use some apps is practically continuous, should theoretically push the user to take note of the fact that the reported app is not secure. But, in reality, it is very unlikely that users choose not to use the app: a user, in fact, expects to be able to use an app safely, not to be notified if the app does something strange.