After the Facebook scandal, many other apps have suddenly became victims of malicious attacks and data leaks, highlighting how delicate a problem security is. One of the latest victims of such an attack was TeenSafe, a platform that lets parents keep an eye on their children. This app has leaked private account information of several thousands of users.
TeenSafe helps parents keep an eye on their children’s smartphone use
TeenSafe is quite a favorite app among parents, as there are over a million people who actively use it. They like it since it allows them to keep a close eye on whatever their kids are doing with their smartphones. The app offers a complete picture of the smartphone use. Therefore, parents can see what calls their kids made, their browser history, location, apps, as well as social media interactions.
This is a great way to keep your children safe and be careful to what they access on the internet. However, whenever the privacy of your child is in danger, things are getting serious. A security researcher from the UK discovered the leak of TeenSafe private information belonging to thousands of accounts.
Hackers leaked private account data of the platform
Here’s how it happened. All this info was available on a server that had no additional protection. Therefore, any people who knew regular log-in information could access it without having to surpass some extra security steps. Fortunately, the TeenSafe officials intervened quickly. They started an investigation and alerted all users of the danger.
However, the situation is quite serious. Security researchers say the leaked data might have been gathered in plaintext form. This means that all email addresses and passwords for TeenSafe accounts are vulnerable. If you are using the platform, one way to escape an attack is to change your account information. In case your account has already been hacked, there’s one last comfort. Hackers couldn’t get data regarding the location of your kid.
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