Opera Mini – fast web browser (Android / Google Play)

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This application is available for Android. This app is designed as fastest mobile browser with built-in ad-blocker and turbo page booster. The latest build was released on June 21, 2017. Our latest check was performed on Oct 7th, 2016.

Findings Summary

Our examination revealed total 30 items, where were 16 DAR items and 14 DIT items found. Among DAR items were found 0 worst items, 15 bad items, 0 good items, and 1 best item. Among DIT items were found 0 worst items, 0 bad items, 13 good items, and 1 best item.

Below you find 3 infographics summarizing what we described above. Each image provides information about both DAR and DIT items.

 

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Everything presented below is related to well-known CWEs, such as Sensitive data leakage [CWE-200], Unsafe sensitive data storage [CWE-312], Unsafe sensitive data transmission [CWE-319]. You can read more about it here.

Now let’s go deeper and examine each data item’s protection level.

 

Application Description

Let’s cite the description of this application below:

The Opera Mini web browser for Android lets you do everything you want to online without wasting your data plan. It’s a fast, safe mobile web browser that saves you tons of data, and lets you easily download from social media and websites.

New features

  • Opera Cricket – the fastest way to stay up-to-date on cricket
    Now Opera Mini delivers everything cricket*. Get live scores and stats delivered to you fast using our compression technology. Never miss a match again with match start notifications. It’s the easiest way to follow your favorite cricket teams and players.
    *Only in India.
  • Automatically scan sites for movie and music downloads – In extreme mode, easily download video and audio files without having to search the website. When Opera Mini is in extreme mode, it will scan the site and let you know what files are available for download depending on what site you’re on.
  • Facebook notification bar – Never miss a beat with our handy Facebook notification bar. The new bar is added to your notification drawer and it’ll keep you up-to-date on the latest news, and activity from your profile.

Why Choose Opera Mini?

  • Keep track of your data – Check your savings in the settings menu and see how much data Opera Mini saves you.
  • Block ads – Opera Mini has a built-in ad blocker, so you can surf the web without annoying ads.
  • Video download – A browser that supports video download. No time to watch videos? No problem. Tap the new download button and watch them when you”re ready. (Doesn”t work on YouTube videos, though – sorry!)
  • Multi-task – Keep lots of pages open at once with tabs.
  • Browse privately – We all have pages we don’t want to remember visiting. If you don’t want something saved in your history, you can browse incognito with private tabs.
  • Smarter downloads – Download files in the background and hold off downloading larger files until you’re back on Wi-Fi. Opera Mini will let you know as soon as your downloads are complete. Just click the notification to open your download – no more digging around in folders.

Other great stuff

  • Save your favorite sites: Tap the + button on the search bar to save a page to your Speed Dial, add it to your mobile bookmarks or read it offline.
  • Get the latest news: The start page keeps everything in one place. Choose the categories you’re interested in and Opera Mini will serve you the top stories and freshest content from across the web.
  • Sync your devices: Give yourself access to all the bookmarks, Speed Dial shortcuts and open tabs from your other devices.
  • Night mode: Dim the screen to save your eyes.
  • Switch up your search: Assign your favorite default search engine.
    Download Opera Mini web browser and try one of the fastest ways to browse the web on your mobile device.

To learn more about the specific permissions Opera Mini uses, please visit the follow page: http://www.opera.com/help/mini/android/permissions
Opera Mini may show ads from Facebook. To learn more, see https://m.facebook.com/ads/ad_choices
Have questions or need help? Visit http://www.opera.com/help/mini/android/
Get the latest news about Opera:
Twitter – http://twitter.com/opera/
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/opera/
End User Terms:
By downloading and/or using this product, you acknowledge and agree to the end user license agreement at https://www.operasoftware.com/eula/mini and Privacy Statement at https://www.opera.com/privacy.

 

Protection levels.

Locally stored data (Data-at-Rest, DAR).

Locally stored data groups include Browser Information, Device Information, Analytics ‘n’ Ads Information, Bookmark Information, Credentials Information, Account Information.
The average DAR value is 3.72 points (7.00 points of system protection and 0.44 points of own protection). It is higher than a typical value (3.5 points, where’s 7 points of system protection and 0 points of own protection).

Items’ GROUP #1 with average value 3.50 points (7 points of system protection, 0 points of own protection) means data protection levels have following definitions. Frankly talking, extra data found that shouldn’t be accessed where system protection level means – root/jailbreak is required but not possible without wiping device data, and own protection level means – stored as is.

– History (‘Browser Information’ Group) – History items mainly described and defined by related group to certain item. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any info browser stores (credentials, history, cached documents, media, etc.) and activities made via browser instead of native app,

– Device Data (‘Device Information’ Group) – Device ID, Device Name, Device OS Name and Version, and jailbroken/root status. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be details about your device,

– Device Data (‘Analytics ‘n’ Ads Information’ Group) – Device ID, Device Name, Device OS Name and Version, and jailbroken/root status. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any info related to analytics services like Flurry, Google Analytics, etc. or advertisements,

– Bookmark Data (‘Bookmark Information’ Group) – Some info about bookmarks like date and time and body. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any information about bookmarks,

– Bookmark Details (‘Bookmark Information’ Group) – Details of bookmarks like date and time, time zone, place, participant’s info, body, linked data. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any information about bookmarks,

– Tracked Data ‘n’ Favorites (‘Bookmark Information’ Group) – Any favorites data or tracked data marked as desirable by users and for users (Means, user is on FB messenger, Viber, bank client or favourite hotel, room type, flight route, airline). This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any information about bookmarks,

– Browser Content (‘Browser Information’ Group) – The content of pages opened in a browser with or without text, multimedia and so on, including credentials and passwords. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any info browser stores (credentials, history, cached documents, media, etc.) and activities made via browser instead of native app,

– Tracked Data ‘n’ Favorites (‘Browser Information’ Group) – Any favorites data or tracked data marked as desirable by users and for users (Means, user is on FB messenger, Viber, bank client or favourite hotel, room type, flight route, airline). This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any info browser stores (credentials, history, cached documents, media, etc.) and activities made via browser instead of native app,

– Credentials (IDs) (‘Credentials Information’ Group) – Only account IDs like app or 3rd party user IDs including emails, phone number, usernames, etc. (depends on apps). This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any types of credentials including basic (IDs only), passwords, tokens, etc.,

– Credentials (Tokens) (‘Credentials Information’ Group) – Different tokens used to get access to your account, except for passwords but including app or 3rd party tokens, secret keys, etc. (usually give full access to your account). This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any types of credentials including basic (IDs only), passwords, tokens, etc.,

– Account Sync Data (‘Account Information’ Group) – Information about your synchronized data items including these items’ values. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any info related to profiles, basic credential IDs like email or username or phone number plus some more info depends on applications,

– News (‘Browser Information’ Group) – Any news non-important data types like NY magazine’s news. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any info browser stores (credentials, history, cached documents, media, etc.) and activities made via browser instead of native app,

– Environment (‘Analytics ‘n’ Ads Information’ Group) – Different info about the environment of the device including apps lists, device info, OS name and versions, updates, a list of users, network details, etc. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any info related to analytics services like Flurry, Google Analytics, etc. or advertisements,

– Locale ‘n’ TimeZone (‘Analytics ‘n’ Ads Information’ Group) – Details about your locale, languages, time zone, country and so on. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any info related to analytics services like Flurry, Google Analytics, etc. or advertisements,

– Application Events (‘Analytics ‘n’ Ads Information’ Group) – App events referred to user actions ‘n’ activities were done. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any info related to analytics services like Flurry, Google Analytics, etc. or advertisements

Items’ GROUP #2 with average value 7.00 points (7 points of system protection, 7 points of own protection) means data protection levels have following definitions. Frankly talking, compliance but there are publicly known techniques to access the data including forensics one where system protection level means – root/jailbreak is required but not possible without wiping device data, and own protection level means – data stored in system protected place like keychain (no additional protection still).

– Credentials (Passwords) (‘Credentials Information’ Group) – Well-known passwords or PINs you’re using to get access to your account (usually it is worse than tokens because it gives full access to your account). This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any types of credentials including basic (IDs only), passwords, tokens, etc.

Keep in mind if you’re using some Android devices such Samsung, LG or another device with an unlocked or non-locked loader that allow rooting your device without user action, the system level equals 6 points instead of 7. It means your data can be stolen without involving your actions.

Transferred data (Data-in-Transit, DIT).

Transferred data groups include Personal ‘n’ Private Information, Analytics ‘n’ Ads Information, Browser Information, Bookmark Information, Credentials Information.
The average DIT value is 5.14 points (6.00 points of system protection and 4.29 points of own protection). It is higher than a typical value (4 points, where’s 4 points of system protection and 4 points of own protection).

Items’ GROUP #1 with average value 5.00 points (6 points of system protection, 4 points of own protection) means data protection levels have following definitions. Frankly talking, data is not available all the time or partially accessed where system protection level means – MITM prevented or fake certificate importing prevented, but plaintext non-protected traffic is intercepted, and own protection level means – bypassed by fake/stolen root certificates.

– Personalization (‘Personal ‘n’ Private Information’ Group) – Info describes user preferences, favorites, tracked data, search requests, suggestions, etc. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any personal and private info is not grabbed from the 3rd party social networks or your IDs,

– URLs (‘Personal ‘n’ Private Information’ Group) – Different types of URLs referred to your files stored in clouds, profiles, social accounts, media files available online, etc. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any personal and private info is not grabbed from the 3rd party social networks or your IDs,

– Media URLs (‘Personal ‘n’ Private Information’ Group) – URLs related to media info such as stream media or profile’s media, etc. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any personal and private info is not grabbed from the 3rd party social networks or your IDs,

– Address Data (‘Personal ‘n’ Private Information’ Group) – Home, work or another type of owner address stored by apps. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any personal and private info is not grabbed from the 3rd party social networks or your IDs,

– Device Data (‘Analytics ‘n’ Ads Information’ Group) – Device ID, Device Name, Device OS Name and Version, and jailbroken/root status. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any info related to analytics services like Flurry, Google Analytics, etc. or advertisements,

– Environment (‘Analytics ‘n’ Ads Information’ Group) – Different info about the environment of the device including apps lists, device info, OS name and versions, updates, a list of users, network details, etc. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any info related to analytics services like Flurry, Google Analytics, etc. or advertisements,

– Browser Content (‘Browser Information’ Group) – The content of pages opened in a browser with or without text, multimedia and so on, including credentials and passwords. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any info browser stores (credentials, history, cached documents, media, etc.) and activities made via browser instead of native app,

– Tracked Data ‘n’ Favorites (‘Bookmark Information’ Group) – Any favorites data or tracked data marked as desirable by users and for users (Means, user is on FB messenger, Viber, bank client or favourite hotel, room type, flight route, airline). This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any information about bookmarks,

– Tracked Data ‘n’ Favorites (‘Personal ‘n’ Private Information’ Group) – Any favorites data or tracked data marked as desirable by users and for users (Means, user is on FB messenger, Viber, bank client or favourite hotel, room type, flight route, airline). This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any personal and private info is not grabbed from the 3rd party social networks or your IDs,

– Credentials (IDs) (‘Credentials Information’ Group) – Only account IDs like app or 3rd party user IDs including emails, phone number, usernames, etc. (depends on apps). This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any types of credentials including basic (IDs only), passwords, tokens, etc.,

– Credentials (Tokens) (‘Credentials Information’ Group) – Different tokens used to get access to your account, except for passwords but including app or 3rd party tokens, secret keys, etc. (usually give full access to your account). This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any types of credentials including basic (IDs only), passwords, tokens, etc.,

– Device Data (‘Bookmark Information’ Group) – Device ID, Device Name, Device OS Name and Version, and jailbroken/root status. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any information about bookmarks,

– History (‘Browser Information’ Group) – History items mainly described and defined by related group to certain item. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any info browser stores (credentials, history, cached documents, media, etc.) and activities made via browser instead of native app

Items’ GROUP #2 with average value 7.00 points (6 points of system protection, 8 points of own protection) means data protection levels have following definitions. Frankly talking, compliance but there are publicly known techniques to access the data including forensics one where system protection level means – MITM prevented or fake certificate importing prevented, but plaintext non-protected traffic is intercepted, and own protection level means – own vpn or own crypto but compliance.

– Credentials (Passwords) (‘Credentials Information’ Group) – Well-known passwords or PINs you’re using to get access to your account (usually it is worse than tokens because it gives full access to your account). This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any types of credentials including basic (IDs only), passwords, tokens, etc.

Keep in mind if you’re using out-of-date Android < 7.0, the system level equals 4 points instead of 6. It means your data can be stolen with a crafted preinstalled certificate on the device or if someone makes you install a certificate. Also, if you’re using out-of-date Android < 5.0, the system level equals 2 points instead of 4. It means your data can be stolen without involving your actions.

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