Third-party keyboards have extremely been very frequent for many years on Android. One of the major Third-Party keyboards – AI.type has of recent disclosed personal data online and Kromtech Security Centre confirmed that over 31 million people have downloaded it. Since the number of people amount to approximately 77.5% of AI.type’s 40 million global users, there’s a certain chance that your data is at stake if you utilize the app presently or have employed its usage in the past.
This therefore begs the question, “How did this happen?”
Eitan Fitusi, Cofounder of AI.type owns and runs the AI.type main server and regardless of the fact that over 577GB of user data was on the server, there was no firewall or any form of security placed on the server. Only the personal data of Android users is actually stored; and although Eitan Fitusi has secured the server it obviously wasn’t done as quickly as possible.
Some personal data that has been leaked are as follows:
- Full name of users
- Email addresses
- Phone numbers
- Cell phone service provider name
- City and country of residency
- IMSI and IMEI numbers
- Make/model of device(s) app was installed on
Texts entered with AI.type are documented and saved for an unknown amount of time and emails, passwords and other delicate information are saved by others using the keyboard even though AI.type asserted to “never share your data or learn from password fields.”
Logically, anyone who installed AI.type keyboard on their devices has had all their phone data exposed and thus exposing them to fraud and scams.