HOW DO I RECOGNIZE AN UNSAFE APP?
The world is becoming predominantly mobile. Factory loaded programs are only rudimentary for the functioning of your phone or tablet. These are the icons already on the screen when you start up after purchase. Expanding the functionality and fulfilling the computing potential of any smart device requires the downloading of apps from online sources.
A seemingly benevolent app can contain a bevvy of malevolent software designed to do any number of things without your consent. Harvesting personal details for sale or hacking, opening invisible revenue generating apps or simply baleful fun by pernicious pranksters can interrupt your online life. You could inadvertently communicate these infections to friends and rapidly there is a digital sickness on loose.
Major mobile device hacks until now were only possible because the users downloaded apps that had hostile software hidden in the coding. Like the hard lesson learned by Hong Kong Occupy protesters who received the Xsser virus via a trojan in an infected app from a third-party source.
It is second nature to never open emails or links from unverified sources when on a computer. The very same cautious people will download an app onto a smart-device without a second guess as to it's safety. Here are some tips for avoiding evil apps and keeping your digital life running smooth.
SAFE APPS IS GOOD APPS
It is always sage advice to install security software on your mobile device.
Security on a computer is never questioned and neither should it be for your smartphone or tablet. Google has given everyone the heads up that they are optimizing for a mobile not desktop future so security is becoming more important as the whole world goes mobile.
OFFICIAL STORES FOR SAFETY
If you are not downloading an app for Android from the Google Play Store or an app for iOS from the Apple App Store then alarm bells should immediately be ringing. The number one way to stay safe is to only download offical apps from the official stores.
Google and Apple have their inhouse security screwed down very tight so it is very unlikely you will get any malicious software from there. The big guys have content review in their app stores so reputations can be vetted. They have had their embarrassing security breaches, but the result is tougher in-house security. When hurtful software is reported, like Ghost Trojan a few years back or the recent flashlight fiasco, the big brains at Google HQ have things righted within 24hrs.
BE CAUTIOUS OF THIRD PARTIES
Third party sites are not so trustworthy. Software developers will have websites for their companies. Before downloading any apps, do some research and check reviews and testimonials. This ironically includes vetting the security choice you have made prior to downloading any online prophylactics.
Check what permissions are required to install the app. Well, they're not really permissions, they are conditions that the app requests to function that you take or leave. A cautious decision needs to be made. Why does this app require access to systems tools or why does it want to modify the storage system, does it really need my personal information and credit details?
SECURITY IS WORTH MENTIONING AGAIN
How do you identify a malicious app? Well you can't really. You can certainly be informed and cautious and try to make good purchase decisions. You will certainly notice the actions of rancorous software if it gets past your caution. Excess data use, unwanted pop-ups or unauthorized credit use will get your attention very fast.
Identifying ill intent from an icon and review is beyond most trustworthy net surfers. Security that will thoroughly check all your selections prior to download is indispensable and should seriously be considered a standard part of a healthy digital diet.