Figure 3: An example of sensitive data sent from the apps to the developer’s web server.
The apps request READ_PHONE_STATE and other permissions at installation, but do not tell users that they will retrieve the device’s phone number and other information and send that to the developer’s server.
Overall rating of apk of free adult chat (girls / boys) is 3.5.
Please note that these are cumulative ratings since the app was listed on google play store. This app has been rated 1 star(bad) by 417 number of users. Estimated number of the app downloads range between 5000000 as per google play store.
At this point, the service makes attractive offer to give more free credits if users will give a high review score (4 or 5) to the app on Google Play.
App-ratings manipulation by offering incentives to users is strictly prohibited by Google Play Developer Program Policies.
Users receive a small amount of free credit to start using the service, and this credit is soon exhausted.
Then users are prompted to buy new credits via Google Wallet to continue chatting.
Moreover, if a user creates a profile for the service, information such as nickname, gender, city of residence, birthday, and self-introduction provided on the application screen are sent with the other numbers.
A user is not required to input real information, if a user adds more detailed personal or attribute data–such as hobby and preferences while chatting–this information might be stored on the developer’s site, associated with the phone number. Figure 2: The application screens of the two suspicious chat apps.
Generally most of the top apps on android store have rating of 4 . free adult chat (girls / boys) content rating is Rated for 18 .