Friday 3rd of February 2023

The Biggest Faults You’re making with Your Phone’s Apps

A cunning hacker can grab all of your personal information and leave no trace. They can find out your last name, address, employment, and even your Social Security number, just like an investigator. 

You might possibly be making a few critical errors that put you in danger on a daily basis. Check out the list to see if you’ve made any of these mistakes.

1. Allow access to your Contacts

This, like the last example, is probably unnecessary. If you want to be safe, stay away from this. When you give an app access to your contacts, you’re giving away personal information that others have entrusted to you.

Let’s say your friend isn’t interested in trying out a new social media app. They despise the corporation and refuse to do business with it. When you link your contacts to the app, you’re giving away their phone number, email address, and possibly even their home location without their permission.

2. Collecting data that you do not require

Dangerous downloads have the potential to wipe your smartphone clean. Keep an eye out for illicit websites that offer to give you something valuable for free. They’re likely trying to download malware onto your device or start a ransomware scheme.

3. Enabling ‘always on’ Permissions 

An app will occasionally ask for permission to access certain areas of your phone. Maybe it needs to figure out where you are or look through your images. An app may even seek for permission to take control of your camera.

You may lose track of the particular permissions you grant to each program over time. If any of these apps are ever hacked, this might put you in risk.

4. Connecting Your Social Media

An app may ask you if you want to link particular apps. Let’s imagine you want to meet some new people on Bumble BFF. To show potential friends your favorite music and artists, the Bumble app will invite you to connect it to Spotify.

Although this sounds like a great addition in theory, we don’t suggest it. For starters, you’re handing away a significant amount of personal information. Allowing third-party app permissions entails a slew of security and privacy concerns.

For one, they can potentially share your data with other parties you don’t even know about. They could even copy and store your data on different servers — and what happens if hackers break into those servers? Sharing your data across multiple apps spreads highly sensitive information into more places than ever before. That opens up a whole new world of risks.

5. Never download an app that performs a native feature

In the app store, you might find flashlight apps or QR code scanners. None of these should be added to your home screen. This is because your phone already has both of these features. Downloading apps you don’t need leads to a bloated phone. That means web pages and apps take much longer to load.

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