Swiftkey bug confuses language settings and email addresses of users

SwiftKey, the popular predictive keyboard for Android OS, has been hit by a bug which has caused it to leak email addresses and send autocorrect suggestions to unintended users.

SwiftKey has stopped its cloud sync service ever since the vulnerability was highlighted by users on Reddit.

The recent vulnerability has caused users to receive autocorrect suggestions in languages unknown to them and also receive suggestions for email addresses which do not belong to them. The culprit has been identified as Swiftkey's cloud sync service which has been paused since the issues were highlighted.

Swiftkey Android keyboard is now free forever

"Holy S**t... I had to factory reset my note 4 a few days ago and I found it weird when I reinstalled SwiftKey that it was giving me Spanish suggestions. After seeing your post I just went to the Gmail login id field and I saw someone else's email as a suggestion!" said a Reddit user named Zoondoop.

“This week, a few of our customers noticed unexpected predictions where unfamiliar terms, and in some rare cases emails, appeared when using their mobile phone. We are working quickly to resolve this inconvenience. While this did not pose a security issue for our customers, we have turned off the cloud sync service and have updated our applications to remove email address predictions,” said SwiftKey in a blog post.

Initially available as a paid Android app, SwiftKey became free for all a couple of years ago. However, there are some in-app purchases involved for certain keyboard themes which are available on the Swiftkey store. The app is presently tagged as an Editors' Choice on the Google Play Store and has over 250 million users across the world. The latest update to the app includes support for new languages like Nynorsk, Frisian, Luxembourgish, Faroese and Asturian.

Microsoft's Swiftkey purchase to bring in predictive keyboards to Windows 10 mobile OS

Back in February, Microsoft acquired Swiftkey in a deal worth $250 million soon after it acquired a number of other popular productivity apps like Accompli, Wunderlist and Sunrise. The acquisition of Swiftkey gave rise to rumours that the service will soon be enabled in millions of Lumia smartphones that will run Windows 10 mobile OS.

As of now, the Swiftkey keyboard supports over 100 languages including Welsh, Icelandic, Arabic and Indian and Chinese dialects. As per the Financial Times, "Swiftkey’s technology also powers the computer attached to Stephen Hawking’s wheelchair, for which the company developed a special language model to assist him in speaking and writing his lectures and articles." If Swiftkey can get rid of annoying bugs and brings in support for more languages in the near future, it will enable both Android and Windows users to communicate with ease and use great new features introduced by the company in the past few months.

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