New York, NY – October 30, 2019. IMG GlobalSecur, a leading international travel security consulting firm, has announced a new post to its FoneTrac blog on travel safety apps, privacy, and app security. The post helps clarify some of the privacy and security issues inherent to apps as concerns mount for transparency.
“Our perspective is to be 100% transparent for employees using our travel safety app,” explained Chris Hagon, CEO of IMG GlobalSecur. “Our post comments on recent research that has been done with respect to privacy and security concerns in the app market. Business employees want to be kept in the loop when they are using travel security apps.”
Interested persons can view the post at https://www.fonetrac-go.com/blog/2019/10/privacy/. The post comments on a Zimperium study that found egregious privacy and security problems in many of the most popular travel safety apps. Fortunately, FoneTrac is largely immune from the problems noted due to three key features: a) the app is “user driven,” meaning that users are fully aware and in control of its actions, b) the app is participatory in a two-way direction between users and the app plus its backend, and c) all captured data is held on Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform and subject to Microsoft’s stringent privacy requirements. Those who would like to know more about travel safety app issues can read the page at https://www.fonetrac-go.com/travel-safety-app/. A download version is available and qualified persons can request a full demo, if desired. It should be noted that the FoneTrac app works with the GlobalSecur backend.
AN APP FOR TRAVEL SAFETY THAT WORK WITH AND NOT AGAINST EMPLOYEES
Here is background on this release. Business travel has become an increasing part of an employee’s job description. Students on exchange travel, too. Employee travel safety, however, has become more and more of a concern in the foreign countries they are sent to work in. Violence, kidnapping, terrorism, and even medical emergencies all contribute to the need for a well-thought-out employee travel safety plan. The FoneTrac app is user friendly and serves as an invaluable resource to employees should they come upon some trouble, or should their safety be compromised. The travel safety app works fluidly with both the Android and iPhone platforms, and allows users to stay in contact worldwide.
Employees who travel internationally are subject to competing needs. On the one hand, they and their employers want to maximize their travel security. Whether it’s political instability, a weather event like a hurricane, or a more mundane medical event, employees, their spouses, and their families want to “stay safe” and use best-in-class travel safety apps. On the other hand, employees want to maintain privacy and not have their data shared or accessed against their will. Recent research unfortunately indicates that certain travel safety apps are playing fast and loose with use data; the new statement by IMG GlobalSecur about its travel safety app (FoneTrac) helps clarify the company’s position as a leader in security and privacy issues.
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