Boingo Wi-Finder 5.28.3 (iOS / App Store)

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This application is available for iOS. This app is designed to locate and connect to public available Wi-Fi hotspots. The latest build was released on Jun 23, 2017. Our latest check was performed on Oct 7th, 2016.

Findings Summary

Our examination revealed total 22 items, where were 14 DAR items and 8 DIT items found. Among DAR items were found 0 worst items, 12 bad items, 2 good items, and 0 best items. Among DIT items were found 0 worst items, 8 bad items, 0 good items, and 0 best items.

Below you find 2 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:

Connect to Wi-Fi at 1 Million hotspots worldwide. Including airports, hotels, restaurants, cafes, and more.
*****About.com Reader’s Choice Award Winner: Best Travel App
*****Global Traveler Award Winner: Best Wi-Fi Service — Five Years and Counting!
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Access to Boingo Hotspots with a Boingo Account
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  • Connect to thousands of Wi-FI hotspots around the world, including airports, hotels, coffee shops, stadiums, malls, and now in-flight!
  • Get online in one click with Boingo Wi-Finder.
  • Use with Boingo subscription (Unlimited, Mobile, Global, Amex Preferred Plan), Boingo transactional plan (AsYouGo or Hourly) or buy an iOS subscription in app.

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Sign Up For Boingo In The App for Only $9.99 Per Month
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  • Unlimited Wi-Fi on all of your iOS devices for is just a few taps away, without leaving the app!
  • Select the “Sign Up” option in the Wi-Finder app and we’ll walk you through purchasing a “Boingo iOS Monthly” recurring subscription from the iTunes store. Please note: An Internet connection is required to buy a Boingo iOS subscription.
  • Note: Your Boingo account is an automatically recurring subscription. You may cancel your subscription any time in your iTunes Account Settings.

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Auto-Login For Subscribers
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  • Simplify your connection experience with Wi-Finder’s new auto-login feature.

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Boingo-Enabled Network Tag
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  • Discover exactly which Wi-Fi networks near you are Boingo hotspots!
  • Boingo partner networks will include “Use Boingo Wi-Fi here!” as part of the network description in Settings to make it easier than ever to find Boingo hotspots.

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Wi-Fi Hotspot Maps
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  • Search for Wi-Fi hotspots near you or around the globe.

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Getting Connected
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  • Select a network from the list, launch the Wi-Finder app, and click “Connect Now!”
  • Log in to your Boingo account to connect at Boingo Wi-Fi hotspots. Don’t have an account? Simply visit our website to sign up.
    Note: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

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Terms and Conditions
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Protection levels.

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

Locally stored data groups include Log Information, Location ‘n’ Maps Information, Personal ‘n’ Private Information, Analytics ‘n’ Ads Information, Media Information, Application Information, Credentials Information.
The average DAR value is 3.93 points (7.00 points of system protection and 0.86 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.

– GEO Data (‘Log Information’ Group) – Any GEO info stored as plain text referred to the places or tracked activity. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any information stored in local or network logs,

– Environment (‘Log 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 information stored in local or network logs,

– Credentials (IDs) (‘Log 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 information stored in local or network logs,

– Application Configs (‘Log Information’ Group) – Different configuration files created by your app, perhaps app permissions. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any information stored in local or network logs,

– GEO Data (‘Location ‘n’ Maps Information’ Group) – Any GEO info stored as plain text referred to the places or tracked activity. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any geodata from trackers, social networks, GPS, etc.,

– Address Data (‘Location ‘n’ Maps Information’ Group) – Home, work or another type of owner address stored by apps. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any geodata from trackers, social networks, GPS, etc.,

– 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,

– 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,

– Credentials (Tokens) (‘Analytics ‘n’ Ads 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 info related to analytics services like Flurry, Google Analytics, etc. or advertisements,

– Credentials (Access IDs) (‘Analytics ‘n’ Ads 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 don’t give full access to your account because based on permissions linked to these access tokens). This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any info related to analytics services like Flurry, Google Analytics, etc. or advertisements,

– Application Configs (‘Application Information’ Group) – Different configuration files created by your app, perhaps app permissions. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any info related to the app, app settings, including installed apps or installers,

– 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.

Items’ GROUP #2 with average value 6.50 points (7 points of system protection, 6 points of own protection) means data protection levels have following definitions. Frankly talking, protection and privacy issues are still possible but might involve interaction with an app code where system protection level means – root/jailbreak is required but not possible without wiping device data, and own protection level means – data is not available in backups.

– Screen Snapshots (‘Media Information’ Group) – Screenshots of your device screen running certain apps; common as an iOS app multitasking feature (app swipes) or browser tab swipes. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any data like photo, image, video, audio,

– 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.

Also, keep in mind, using jailbroken device means the system protection level is 0 points and you’re using out-of-date iOS < 8.3 the system protection level is 2 points. If some data marked as shareable via iTunes, then the system protection level is 4 points.

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

Transferred data groups include Location ‘n’ Maps Information, Credentials Information, Personal ‘n’ Private Information, Application Information.
The average DIT value is 4.50 points (5.00 points of system protection and 4.00 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 with average value 4.50 points (5 points of system protection, 4 points of own protection) means data protection levels have following definitions. Frankly talking, data available if it’s allowed only and may require user action where system protection level means – some techniques are available to developers to keep connection bypassing system settings, like proxy settings, etc., and own protection level means – bypassed by fake/stolen root certificates.

– Address Data (‘Location ‘n’ Maps Information’ Group) – Home, work or another type of owner address stored by apps. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any geodata from trackers, social networks, GPS, etc.,

– GEO Data (‘Location ‘n’ Maps Information’ Group) – Any GEO info stored as plain text referred to the places or tracked activity. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any geodata from trackers, social networks, GPS, 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.,

– Credentials (Access IDs) (‘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 don’t give full access to your account because based on permissions linked to these access tokens). This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any types of credentials including basic (IDs only), passwords, tokens, etc.,

– 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,

– 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 (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.,

– Application Certificates ‘n’ Profile (‘Application Information’ Group) – Configuration files are known as certificates and profile for devices and apps including VPNs. This data item related to mentioned group meant to be any info related to the app, app settings, including installed apps or installers

Keep in mind if you’re using out-of-date iOS < 9.0, the system level equals 2 points instead of 4. It means your data can be stolen without involving your actions.

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