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Beware Suspicious App Permissions

Updated on August 31, 2013

Knowing The Warning Signs

Everyday, millions of people download just about every kind of apps you can imagine. The reason people download these apps can range from finding a way to kill some time waiting on their coffee to accessing their bank through their cell phones. Because of the amount of apps most people download and access daily, they tend to take the permissions they grant to said apps. Even I am guilty of downloading an app that has excessive permissions without even realizing it, The apps that want to access just about everything on your phone are the most dangerous. They will syphon off personal information for third parties to use. They can do that because every time you download an app you agree to their terms and conditions and Grant them permission to take your personal information.

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What can you do to protect yourself?

When looking at an app you want to download, you should take a close look at the permissions it asking you to approve of. If the permissions are way too extensive, and don't seem to help the app through their use, then you should avoid downloading the app. An exception to that would be if the app was made by a trusted company/developer. Some apps that are trying to get your personal information are easy to find, and others are subtle in their syphoning of your personal information. If a Tic Tac Toe app is asking for access to your wireless network, camera, email addresses, contacts, and etc., then it is most definitely an app that you should not download. The more subtle form of these apps can just ask for your email, or your contact list. They might not seem like all that much of a big deal, but it is still information about you that they do not need for their app to work well. If you are not sure if you can trust the app, but don't know how to check if it is dangerous to your anonymity, then look at the comments or reviews posted by others who have already downloaded the app. If there is something wrong with the app, then you can almost guarantee than someone will have already mentioned it to the developer in a review. The safest way to go about downloading apps is to follow one simple rule, "Don't download anything to your phone that you wouldn't download to your computer".

Protection for your cellphone!

Keep your information private!

If you have already downloaded applications that can put you, or your phone, at risk, then you should either uninstall the app(s), or get a top notch security app. Personally, I like to use QR Mobile when protecting my phone. It accomplishes everything that I need it to do when it comes to protecting my private information. When I need to protect my Kindle Fire HD 8.9", I use TrustGo Security. It keeps any information I have on my kindle, which isn't very much, safe from dangerous apps, or other risks. If you, have to protect your computer (I know that it is almost completely unrelated, but it still in the same criteria), then I would suggest Norton Antivirus. Norton has not led me astray, so far. I have come to believe in, and trust in these programs. If you think that your phone doesn't need an antivirus, or some other kind of protection , then you are seriously incorrect. The cell phone is just as in danger as any other kind of technology, when protection of your private information is concerned. Taking the necessary steps to ensure that your information is safe on any device is crucial to keeping your private information private.

Kindle Fire HD 8.9" Protection that I use.

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      Tulai Paul 4 years ago

      Google has probably taken a revolutionary step to stop such nonsense. They have prohibited push and pop ads in their recent updates. Now, the market is strictly filtered, so as the mobile ad network companies. The companies like admob or appnext will still rule the roost as they restrain them from such nonsense jobs, but some of the ad network companies may have to bid adieu to the market

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      Cathy Nerujen 4 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

      This is a great article on protecting personal information and managing apps on a smart phone.