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What are Your Apps Really Doing?

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Are you giving your apps access that you aren't even aware of?

Jan. 17, 2018

The New Year is a good time to do a little digital clean-up on your mobile devices.

Did you download apps last year that you don't use or no longer want?

Remember, as long as that application is on your device, it could be accessing your data – maybe contacts, maybe location – collecting it and sending that personal information off to the company.

Brian Chen, tech reporter at the New York Times suggests a yearly app audit. Delete the apps you no longer use.

For the ones you want to keep, check the permission settings. What is that app allowed to access?

You may be surprised at what you find, such as a flashlight app that tracks your location.

After reading Chen’s story, I decided to audit my apps, including the ones that came loaded with the phone. I found several that had unnecessary access to my data, so I turned off those permissions.

More Info: 5 New Year’s Resolutions to Protect Your Technology

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