Be vigilant about what apps you install

Most of us have gotten used to downloading and installing apps as part of our daily lives. These can be useful apps to help us be more productive and organised, for communication with our friends and family or merely for entertainment and amusement. There are risks and benefits involved especially if we are installing apps that are not part of the official app store.

I strongly recommend that you assess whether it is wortwhile installing an app before you do so. There are many apps that are essential and make our lives better. If these are from a trusted and reputable provider then there is no reason why you should not make use of it. You should probably check their privacy policy and find out where there headquarters are if you are unsure. Your security software and some sites might give ratings and recommendations about the potential for privacy to be compromised.

Other apps, especially for amusement, are not always from legitimate organisations and you should be careful about this. I always think about the information and access requested and whether this is really necessary or appropriate. If it’s something that I can do without and I have concerns about it then I don’t install it, especially if there are better alternatives. The face changing app is a good example of how these apps can be dangerous.

This also applies to other devices. Be careful about installing software from unknown soucres downloaded from the Internet. Most major vendors now provide software and updates by download but do this from within the program or check that the site is legitimate before downloading. You should always scan downloaded files with a virus checker as a precaution and this should be done automatically by your security software.

Published by Adrian Bugg

I am an experienced leader of innovation through data and analytics for digital transformation, small business owner, and father of four children. I want to share my expertise and experience to help others in their workplace, at home and in their daily lives.

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