Adguard warns android users that Go Keyboard is spying confidential data.
It’s Shocking but you heard it right. More than 200 million users use this app and it is available in two versions on play store. Both the versions (“GO Keyboard – Emoji keyboard, Swipe input, GIFs” and “GO Keyboard – Emoticon keyboard, Free Theme, GIF“) are rated well and downloaded by thousands of users.This keyboard is known for various attractive themes and personalized keyboard.
Earlier this year we heard about keyboard displaying ads in HTC phones. This was fixed However, Adguard decided to look deeper in the keyboards traffic. They claimed that GO keyboard is keeping eye on user’s sensitive information. Adgaurd also found that this app is running malicious code into the user’s device using illegal methods. Researchers claim that it shares personal information like username passwords, network type, screen size, Android version, and build number.
GO Keyboard developers has stated in “Privacy and security” that “We will never collect your personal info including credit card information. In fact, we cares for privacy of what you type and who you type”. However, the report from Adgaurd totally disagree the fact and states that Go Keyboard is violating Google Play Store policies stated below:
• Apps that steal a user’s authentication information (such as usernames or passwords) or that mimic other apps or websites to trick users into disclosing personal or authentication information.
• Apps or SDKs that downloads executable code, from a source other than Google Play.
Adgaurd has reported this to google with warning message for users.
So if you are using GO Keyboard you really need to worry. Keeping your sensitive data sensitive is your right and shouldn’t be violated.