Summer travel is heating up with domestic travel expected to increase this year and spending predicted to reach more than $1.1 trillion, surpassing pre-pandemic levels by about 11%. As the travel season approaches, consumers are looking to mobile apps for a smoother travel experience. Based on Quokka findings, popular travel apps, including Disneyland, Uber, and Southwest Airlines, may be opening consumers’ personal data and security to risk. Using our Q-MAST technology, we’ve assigned “threat scores” to applications rating their level of security and privacy readiness, with higher scores indicating lower readiness.
Riskiest iOS Travel Applications
- Disneyland – Threat Score: 85
- Uber – Request a Ride – Threat Score: 83.6
- Waze – Threat Score: 82.9
- Southwest Airlines – Threat Score: 82.2
It seems that every few weeks companies are disclosing they’ve been breached and their data has been stolen or leaked. So how do you mitigate the amount of data applications can access? It is important to know what types of data you are allowing applications to access and make sure it is as limited as possible. In the wrong hands, access to data from your microphone or camera could be used to steal sensitive material. If leaked, your business or personal information can be exploited. Stay safe and limit data overexposure, don’t overprescribe your data to access apps. If it’s not fundamental to the app’s core function, don’t allow them to collect it, or store it.