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Many users’ perceptions are at odds with the realities, researchers show.
Ad libraries, bundled with free apps, could sniff data and even install malicious software.
If Android users click the wrong link, an attacker could intercept phone calls and track their location.
The company knew in 2010 that an app was grabbing users’ personal information.
Rising security incidents and poorly defended phones suggest 2012 could be a risky year for smart-phone users.