Is It Safe To Install An App?
When it comes to keeping our details safe and our mobile phones secure, do we really question what apps we’re installing enough?
With the app stores providing such ease when looking for specific sorts of apps, we’re quick to simply click the install button, follow the instructions and accept the terms and agreements.
Some apps will even ask for certain permissions, such as access to your photos and camera facilities and without even thinking, we’ll accept these too.
Meanwhile, other apps will ask for in-app payments and additional charges may apply. It’s really only when we are asked to type in our bank details for a payment that anything really pings in our minds as suspicious.
Some apps may be able to take money from your account, so long as you are logged into your paying Google or Apple account, while others may charge your mobile provider which will not be covered within your contract terms.
However, after panicking you will all those possible situations; generally speaking, apps are safe to download. But this can only be guaranteed – at least to a certain point – for the apps that are downloaded from the App Store of your phone’s operating system.
If you’re still not certain, and want to play it safe, here are several ways to make sure apps are safe for installation:
. If the company is named in the app description, this is more than likely a verified app that can be used and installed safely on a device.
Reviews and reputation
. Before downloading an app from the App Store, be sure to read the reviews carefully. Customer reviews are the easiest way to find out the quality of an app, along with its flaws and hidden loop holes. Take a look at the lowest star ratings to see what has been the biggest problem for them.
App Store Guarantee
. If you are downloading an app from an App Store, the chances are, it has been checked through for problems before being accepted into the store. If you are installing apps from elsewhere, this is where problems might occur.
. To be extra sure whether an item is safe for installing onto your phone, you might want to first of all download some anti-virus software such as Arriva or Macafee. This will help protect your personal details and items and allow you to scan the apps for bad content prior to purchase.
It’s best to be sure when downloading things onto your phone; we all keep a lot of information stored from contacts, to private photos, to bank details. If you’re not sure about the safety of an app, the best way would be to combine all the tips above to be doubly sure the item is safe.
However, we would always recommend that find an alternative is anything seems particularly suspicious. When searching for apps, you’ll find that the highest rated apps will appear first, so these apps will be certainly safe for download.