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Apple iPhone smartphones are not that safe at all. Push notifications turned out to be the weak link


Apple iPhone smartphones are not that safe at all.  Push notifications turned out to be the weak linkThe iOS system and the entire Apple ecosystem are widely considered to be very secure. Users are convinced that by choosing the company’s smartphone, they ensure the best possible level of privacy. However, the truth is that Apple is no exception in this field and collects as much data about its users as other companies. Now it has come to light that many apps can bypass iOS rules and send data while displaying notifications.

The creators of virtually every application designed for iOS are able to collect data about users thanks to push notifications. This mechanism somehow opens a “backdoor” to transmit the collected information.

Apple iPhone smartphones are not that safe at all.  Push notifications turned out to be the weak link

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The independent test was performed by Myst Inc., which specializes in creating applications for Apple devices. It was based on checking what push notifications pop-up on Apple iPhone smartphones enable. It turned out that before a notification from a specific application appears on the screen, it is first woken up and performs the necessary interactions – while communicating with the company’s servers. However, what is interesting is the fact that when you reject the notification, the application collects a lot of analytical data about the user and sends it to the server. This data may include the IP address, the amount of free space on the device, the current time zone, display brightness, information about the mobile operator and many others that can be effectively used for advertising.

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There is a suspicion that creators may intentionally use this mechanism to collect data, e.g. by sending a specific notification. In such a case, the sleeping application will be woken up for a short time anyway, and this is enough to download and send the required data. Selected examples of applications such as Facebook, LinkedIn, or X can be seen in the video below. The DMA will soon come into force, which may change a lot in this respect. At this point, Apple has not yet commented on the entire situation. However, Meta and LinkedIn have firmly denied that notifications would be used to collect user data and then be used “for advertising, tracking or analysis purposes.”

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Source: Myst Inc., Gizmodo



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