Your privacy and mobile apps
Privacy and Mobile Apps
Tips for protecting your personal information when downloading and using mobile apps
Mobile apps can be incredibly useful and can turn your smartphone or tablet into a social hub, e-book reader or gaming device at the swipe of a finger. However, it's important to protect your personal information when downloading and using apps.
Here are some tips:
Only download apps from official and trusted app stores.
Be careful when using other app sources. Verifying trusted sources provides a level of assurance that you will not receive spam messages or have personal information such as your phone number or email exposed.
Apps may want access to information such as your phone and email contacts, call logs, calendar information, location data, and the unique identification number of your device.
Check permissions during installation and, if possible, during the life of the app.
Turn on the automatic lock and password protect features on your mobile device.
Locking your device will ensure that a password is required to gain access to personal information on your device – including information that your apps have collected.
Keep your apps up to date and regularly clear out apps you no longer want or use.
An out of date app which hasn’t been patched can be dangerous. It can allow for hackers to exploit a security vulnerability and compromise personal data on your mobile device.
Many of us have downloaded an app and only used it once. If you no longer use an app, uninstall it.
Make sure you erase any apps (and all other personal information) from your device before you donate, resell or recycle it.
You should be able to erase information stored on your device by using a ‘factory reset’ option in the device settings.
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