This is high time we should consider Xiaomi security concerns seriously. Xiaomi has been accused of stealing Its user’s information and secretly sending browsing data to China. Recently, an Indian internet security organization brought this serious allegation against the Xiaomi smartphone brand.
According to the complaint, the Beijing-based company sent the customer’s browsing data to Alibaba’s server in China. Xiaomi is also sending ‘incognito’ mode browsing data to China and the web browser’s information that comes with the smartphone.
However, Xiaomi has denied the allegations. They later said that while browsing data was collected anonymously, it was not shared with other companies.
Xiaomi Security Concerns: Is Xiaomi Stealing Personal Data?
Internet security researchers Cirlig and Andrew Tierney have pointed out the security negligence of Xiaomi phones. They said the Chinese company was collecting browsing data without the consent of the customer. This has been reported in a recent report published in the popular Forbes magazine. According to Cirlig, Xiaomi has sent his Redmi Note 8phone’s browsing data to Alibaba’s server.
According to the researchers, private life’s confidential information has been leaked due to the Xiaomi phone’s negligence. Xiaomi has added additional features to the Mi Redmi phone. Cirlig added that the company has collected information about which folders opened on the smartphone and browsing data. Xiaomi has also smuggled information on which screen of the smartphone is being used. There are allegations that this information is being smuggled to servers in Russia and Singapore.
Although it is not a problem of any particular model. In addition to the Redmi Note 8. Cirlig has received information on data smuggling from multiple Xiaomi phones. The researcher has shown negligence in the protection of Mi Ten, Redmi K20, Mi Mix 3 models.
Cirlig and Tierney also said that downloading the Xiaomi browser from the Google Play Store is still a problem. This browser has been downloaded from the Play Store about one and a half crore times. The Beijing-based company may have collected the data to understand the customer’s smartphone usage habits. Xiaomi recently teamed up with start-up data analytics company Sensor Analytics for this. Sensor Analytics has been added to the server that Cirlig and Tierney have found.
Main Source: Forbes
What Xiaomi Did After This?
The company has added new security features to Mi Browser, Mi Browser Pro, and Mint Browser. Now that the browser is in ‘incognito’ mode, Xiaomi will decide if the phone user wants to exchange personal information. However, Xiaomi denied the allegations made by security researchers. Xiaomi said that new security features had been added to Mi Browser and Mi Browser Pro 12.1.4 and Mint Browser 3.4.3. This allows you to determine if the phone user wants to exchange information when the browser is in incognito mode. Permission to collect data can be turned on or off at any time by the user.
Xiaomi’s browsers will be blocked from collecting data as a default option, which can be viewed from the Incognito Settings option by opening the browser and going to Settings. Xiaomi will collect the browser information when the device user turns on the Mi browser’s enhanced incognito mode.
Mi Browser Pro and Mint Browser can be updated from Google Play Store. Also, Xiaomi phone users will be able to go to the settings and update the browser from the system app updater.
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