Applications
Download With Caution

 

 

Applications downloaded from the internet, commonly known as ‘apps’, can turn your computer, smart phone or device into a variety of technological tools. In fact, it’s hard to imagine daily life without GPS apps to help find our way or financial apps that help with banking and bill paying.

Some apps, however, aren’t nearly as helpful, especially when they’re used to disguise malware, spyware or other infectious software. Malicious apps can create a host of problems that can compromise your device and put your data at risk.

They can install spyware that runs secretly in the background collecting sensitive information, like passwords to the network, bank account numbers—even customer tax ID numbers that can be used to commit identity theft.

Worst of all, you may never even notice if your device has been compromised. And even if you do, it can be difficult or impossible to remove the malware. That’s why the best way to protect yourself is to avoid downloading infected apps in the first place. These tips will help you.

Download apps from reputable providers

Steer clear of file sharing sites and stick to resources like Android, Apple or Google stores where they typically check for viruses and other threats. Even then, stick to apps that get good ratings and have a significant number of downloads.

If it’s free, proceed with caution

Not all free apps harbor threats, but they can be a smokescreen for hidden downloads that use valuable storage space or worse. If you’re unsure, an online search can help you learn more about the app in question.

Beware of bundles

Downloading a free photo filter software package might seem like a deal, but bundles often include troublesome add-ons or plug-ins. These work in the background and can remain even if the main app is removed.

Apps can turn an ordinary device into an extraordinary, versatile machine. Protect yours by being cautious with every download.

Consider the conditions

Before you download the app, think about what it’s asking for in return. Do you want it to access to your contact list? Are you comfortable storing your images on its servers? Read the fine print so you know what you’re agreeing to.

Don’t ignore or delay new software updates

Keeping your device software current is important because updates usually address known security issues. Adding a trusted anti-malware program will further protect you from malicious apps and other threats.

Check with management

Always check with your manager or IT department before downloading any app on a work-related device. Most companies have strict policies in place designed to protect you and the network from harmful downloads.

Apps can turn an ordinary device into an extraordinary, versatile machine. Protect yours by being cautious with every download.

 

 

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