One of Lenovo’s Bundled Apps Receives Important Fixes
Cernescu Andrei / 2 years ago
Lenovo has come under fire not too long ago for a series of important security flaws, especially as far as its bundled apps are concerned. The good news is that the company is actively working to resolve these issues, and one of the most recent apps to receive a fix is ShareIt, which comes bundled with both Lenovo’s Windows and Android-based devices. So if you’re wondering what was wrong with the app in the first place, well it looks like its Windows version included a rather ridiculous password (12345678), which means that anyone on the same Wi-Fi network could have accessed it easily just by taking a wild guess. What’s even worse is that users could not even change this password even if they wanted to.
Then there’s the fact that both versions of ShareIt would send files without encrypting them, and whenever you’d choose to receive some files, the Android version of the app would just create a password-free WiFi hotspot without asking for permission. Lenovo has released updated versions of ShareIt, both of which now include a “secure mode” that encrypts files and asks for a password whenever you want to share them. The problem is that this mode is not implemented by default, which means that it still falls to the user to activate it in order to benefit from protection that should have been there in the first place.