The permissions requested by apps are the guard that determines the amount of data that allows access to them, but even when they refuse to accept, many of them find ways to circumvent the permissions system to access the protected data without the user’s consent. Do you trust the applications installed on your phone?
Researchers have discovered more than 1000 apps – running on the Android operating system – spoofing to bypass denial of permissions, allowing these apps to accurately collect geographic location data and phone ID without your knowledge.
This is in addition to accessing all the private data on your phone such as names, passwords, credit card information, the location of every place you go, and your photos, which highlights how difficult it is to maintain privacy on the Internet, especially if you are connected to your phone and its applications all the time.
Here are 5 security tips that help you prevent apps from stealing your data:
1- Using a password management app:
Reports indicate that 52% of people use the same password for multiple accounts or all accounts, as a large number of services, sites, and applications caused an increase in the need to use many passwords, and this makes the majority of users give up creating a different password for their accounts, and so if one account is hacked All accounts are easy to hack. Therefore it is preferable to rely on password management applications.
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Password Manager keeps all your passwords in one encrypted application and protected with one password. It also allows you to create strong passwords that are difficult to guess, and although applications such as Google Chrome and the phone app included in Samsung phones will offer you to save passwords, security experts always recommend relying on stronger services.
3- Be careful with the permissions that apps require:
This advice was unanimously agreed by all experts, and they recommended a good verification of the permissions that an application requires when starting to use it. You should also ask yourself first why is the app asking for these permissions? As the application’s request to access data that is not related to its functionality is an indication that something is not normal.
In addition to paying attention to the permissions you give to an app, it is also important to monitor your phone’s performance after installing the app, as slow phone performance and fast battery drain are clear signs that the app is constantly running in the background to access your data all the time.
2- Use a VPN:If you use public Wi-Fi networks a lot in your phone instead of using phone data, experts recommend using a VPN that encrypts your activity online and allows you to direct site visits to different servers to hide your physical whereabouts.
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When looking for a VPN provider it is important that the company be known and trusted, as the app stores include many free VPN apps, but they do questionable practices.
4- Check the site settings for applications:
You should check the geolocation settings for each app installed in your phone, and be sure to disable the access setting for your location in apps, and services whose work does not depend on knowing where you are, as location tracking helps determine your behavior, habits, and targeting with customized ads.
You can also delete apps that you no longer use, as we often don’t need half of the apps installed on our phones, and getting rid of these apps will make the phone run faster.
To protect your privacy further, be sure to turn off the site setting in the camera app, as many social media applications get permission to access your photos such as Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, and others so that you can send and share them with your friends. And if your site setting is active, it’s easy for these apps to track you.
5- Make sure to update the operating system:
An OS update is necessary to keep your data secure, as system updates include improvements to your security and privacy features, so experts suggest adjusting your phone’s settings to update automatically.
Also, be sure to download applications from official stores, as it includes Google Play Protect, which checks applications before downloading them.