(CBS) - It's no secret - technology is a double-edged sword, it's a catch 22, there are both pros and cons. With innovations in cell phones, social networks and practically anything in the world of digital, privacy remains a concern.
Not to scare you even more, if you have an HTC Android smartphone, you should beware!
According to researchers, malicious apps can gain access to personal data stored on the HTC EVO 3D, HTC EVO 4G and HTC Thunderbolt. "Any app with permission to access the internet - which includes most ad-supported apps - can read off data including email addresses, location history and call logs," reports New Scientist.
The data is gathered by an app called HtcLoggers, which HTC created to log information for troubleshooting purposes. "It turns out that anyone can access the information without the need for a password or any other protection," says New Scientist. "It's like leaving your keys under the mat and expecting nobody who finds them to unlock the door," researchers explained.
"Yikes. This is a data harvesting opportunity just waiting to be taken advantage of by some crafty Bad Guy," says Al Sacco of CIO's Mobile WorkHorse.
HTC has gone onto say it takes the security of its customers seriously and are working to investigate the claim as quickly as possible. Stay tuned for updates.
In the meantime, users who have modified their operating systems and may be vulnerable to this claim can simply delete the HtcLoggers app from their phones. And for now, don't download anything questionable.