The developers have responded to the Trend Micro report.
The app ShareIt is popular among Android users. Made by Smart Media4U that is based in Singapore, the app allows peer-to-peer file sharing which is an easier way to share content among Android users. It became so popular that it has garnered more than 1 billion downloads on the Google Play Store.
But a report from Trend Micro said that ShareIt has some vulnerabilities that could potentially leak user’s data and even remotely execute a code through ShareIt’s permissions. This malware could mean that ShareIt might be leaking data that can easily be read by other apps or someone that can take over your device.
Trend Micro even said that they’ve submitted the report to the developers more than three months ago to highlight ShareIt’s vulnerabilities but haven’t gotten a response. Data suggests that a majority of ShareIt’s users are based in Asia, Africa, and here in the Middle East. The app is currently banned in India as part of the crackdown on Chinese-made apps.
Days after ShareIt’s vulnerabilities were highlighted, the company has finally released a statement about the app’s security vulnerabilities. “SHAREit app is a leading file sharing, content streaming, and gaming platform. Since its inception, billions of users have entrusted SHAREit to quickly and securely share their files. The security of our app and our users’ data is of utmost importance to us. We are fully committed to protecting user privacy and security and adapting our app to meet security threats,” the statement reads. The developers said that ShareIt has patched the vulnerabilities through an update that was released on February 19th.
That should give you a sense of relief especially if you’re using ShareIt but if you’re still uncomfortable using the app, you can always uninstall it.