Are third party apps stealing your personal data?

shutterstock_115239742.jpgThe majority of smartphone users can nowadays download and install an app on their device from the Play Store of Windows store. These apps make your life much easier as you can do just anything within a few taps on the screen. But what if your private information is being compromised at the cost of this convenience. Have you ever gave a thought about how these third party apps work and what information do they access from your phone.

According to stats released by AV-test in 2016, 390,000 malicious programs are registered every day. Clearly, you might be exposed to a world of vulnerabilities – viruses, spyware, ransomware, and what not! A basic knowledge about these third party apps will help you protect yourself from becoming a victim of cyber threats.

Here’s some useful information for you:

What are third party apps?

Basically, these are the application programs which are being developed by a company, a group or an individual, other than that of the Operating system provider. In simple words, if you are using an app on your Android phone which is developed by XYZ company, and not by the Google, then it is a third party app. All those applications that are by default downloaded on your phone are first party apps as these are developed by your operating system provider.

So, are third party apps dangerous for your privacy?

Certainly yes. Since these are developed by third parties, there’s always a risk that these applications might contain malware in the form  of virus or spyware. Besides, degrading the working of your mobile device, these malware containing apps can also steal your personal data like images, email addresses, passwords, etc.

What are the precautionary measures to avoid malware attacks by third-party apps?

Below mentioned are some tips to consider:

  • Before you download any third-party app on your phone, pay attention to what is being said about it on the internet. Read user reviews, comments and who all are involved in its creation.
  • A privacy advisor software can help you in knowing what type of what data your apps are accessing in the background. This way you can see and control if any personal information is being accessed by such apps.
  • Excessive heating, quick battery consumption, and frequent hanging are some of the most common indications that your device has been affected by a malware. Watch out your mobile phone for these symptoms.

Ever experienced such situation? Share your thoughts with me!

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