Contact tracing has been an effective way to prevent the spread of corona infection. Many apps were made for this. But questions have been raised about whether it will be safe or not or the violation of privacy. This is why people have been hesitant to use such an app. In such a situation, researchers have developed a tool that will identify the safety and privacy violations of the contact tracing app. This tool is named ‘Covid Guardian’. It is the first automated tool to assess the risk of malware, trackers, and privacy information leaking.
Experts at Queens Mary University in London have tested 40 Covid-19 contact tracing apps used worldwide using the Covid Guardian tool on the scale of security and privacy. They found that 72.5 percent of the app has at least one unprotected cryptographic algorithm. Algorithms are such a system, which helps in examining your choice and presenting its series.
Researchers say that three-quarters of the apps have at least one tracker that provides information to third parties, such as Facebook Analytics or Google Firebase. This paper will be presented at the International Conference of Software Engineering to be held in May.
Queens Mary University Senior Professor Gareth Tyson believes that in view of the magnitude of the epidemic, there was a dire need to get control of contact tracing with the help of the app. But we found that the worldwide used app had security flaws. Some had similar security threats associated with storing old cryptographic algorithms and sensitive information in plain text format. A potential attacker can easily read the information gathered in plain text format. But using the Covid Guardian tool, app developers can identify and fix their app vulnerabilities. Based on this, the safety and privacy of the user can be maintained by creating a guideline related to the use of the app.
Problems of address users through a survey
Researchers surveyed 370 people for this work and tried to know what their concerns are about the use of the contact tracing app. In this survey, it came to prominence that the use of the contact tracing app remained hesitant about its accuracy and privacy. Based on this concept, people have been deciding whether to use the contact tracing app or not.