Safety Tips for App Download and Use

Advanced technology is supposed to serve us. In contrast, it has posed great threats to our life because we give apps too many permissions. Besides, most users just skip reading the user agreement when installing an app. Not to mention paying attention to what permissions the app requests. This can be exploited by unauthorized apps to collect and sell user data. Thus, it has become a profit-making tool for third party companies such as real estate, lending agencies and education and training organizations to realize commercial marketing. That’s why some users keep receiving spam calls from these companies.

But we have no choice but to agree to the user agreement if we want to use the service or product. Don’t worry, we still offer some safety tips for you to stay safe while downloading or using an app.

  • Sometimes, you can scan a QR code to download the app you want. But the QR code can be malicious. You should not scan QR code from unknown sources. QR code, as a carrier of text, is useful for app download, bike-sharing, payment, etc. If you happen to scan a malicious QR code, you don’t need to be so panic. You should bear in mind that you can’t provide personal information to them. If the malicious QR code brings you to malware download, you should stop downloading and delete it permanently.
  • It often requires a fast download speed and uses too much mobile data when downloading an app. Thus, most people connect to WiFi to download apps. But you should avoid using public WiFi because it is unsecured. Connecting to an unsecured wireless network means to expose yourself to hackers. They can easily perform attacks over public WiFi. That is not to say you can use public WiFi for other purposes. You are always vulnerable to hackers on public WiFi.
  • You need a separate account for unknown apps. When creating an account for an app, most people use the same password for fear of forgetting or confusing their passwords. Chances are good that the service provider doesn’t pay attention to the security of your account. Thus, your account may be stolen. What’s worse, other accounts that use the same password can be easily compromised. If it is difficult for you to use a separate password for all accounts, we suggest you change these passwords regularly. For apps from unknown sources, you’d better create a separate account and password to avoid potential information disclosure.
  • Be careful when voting over the Internet. It is true that some organizers require access to your personal information when you want to vote for someone you support. What’s more, they even ask you to fill in your phone number. The vast majority of these activities are held to attract customers and even collect user data. Therefore, you’d not vote in activities held by unknown parties, especially those requesting you to provide your mobile phone number or even ID number.
  • Use a VPN to avoid online tracking. Virtual private networks are designed to make you private and secure over the Internet. All your traffic passing through the VPN servers will be encrypted so that others cannot intercept or modify it. Above all, a VPN is good at unblocking websites for you. You can download apps that are not available in your country.  
  • Be cautious when leaving personal information. There are many cases that you need to provide some personal information if you want to enjoy the service. For example, if you want to shop online, you have to fill in your physical address to receive the package. You should try your best to avoid leaving detailed information when browsing the Internet. Because all the information you left on the Internet can be exploited by the cybercriminals to further compromise your privacy.

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