Keep Your Cell Phone Info Safe


Many people don’t think twice about downloading phone applications, whether to play a game, deposit checks or keep in touch with friends and family. But before you install another app, read these downloading safety tips.

Phone-Applications-Downloading-Safety-thumb-230x152-616-thumb-230x152-617What’s at Risk?
Apps often ask for access to your personal information before you can open them. This information can include but isn’t limited to:

  • Your contacts and call logs
  • Calendar appointments
  • GPS location
  • Your phone’s unique ID
  • Internet data

App Safety

  • mobile-phone-appsDon’t download just any app. Ensure you’re downloading phone applications from reputable, trusted sources. Your best bet is your smartphone’s official app store.
  • Watch out for fake apps. Copycat apps are disguised to look like the real thing. You can tell them apart by checking developer names and reviews.
  • Research the app thoroughly. Check app store reviews and ratings, read up on the app developer and don’t skim over the privacy policy — this will reveal what data the app collects and shares.
  • Review the app permissions. Verify that phone applications won’t access unnecessary information. For example, it makes sense that a social networking app would want access to your phone contacts, but a game app shouldn’t need access to your text messages.
  • Beware of “free” apps. Free apps or games are sometimes supported by advertisements, which could collect your personal information and sell it to third parties.

More App Safety Tips

  • Photo+Video-Safe-HD-ProClose or log out of phone applications when you aren’t using them. This will prevent apps from accessing your information.
  • Don’t share passwords with your children so they can’t accidentally download malicious programs.
  • Make sure your phone has a remote lock or wipe function in case it is lost or stolen. Thieves are less likely to steal personal information from a locked phone.

 

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