Friday, May 18, 2012
3 Privacy Tips to Consider When Downloading New Apps to Your Android
If you're like many entrepreneurs, your Android phone is filled with sensitive information. If your phone ever gets infected with a virus or malware, your privacy could be in jeopardy. Before downloading a new business app to your mobile phone, make sure you consider the following three privacy tips:
Malware on mobile phones are becoming more of a problem for mobile users. You can greatly reduce your risk of downloading malicious apps by limiting your downloads from your operating system manufacturer's app store. For example, Google analyzes the security of apps sold on Google Play and removes all apps that infringe its policies.
Protect your privacy.
Unfortunately, most apps do not have privacy policies. Often times, they do not disclose how they will use your private information. Avoid buying apps that require permission to access your data that you find unnecessary or invasive.
Before you download a business app from an unknown company, do a quick web search to make sure the company is on the up-and-up. Check to see if there are any complaints or bad reviews on the web. If you come across a company with bad reviews, this is a sign that user privacy is not their top priority.
Review your current apps.
Reviewing the privacy policies of your current apps may seem a little time-consuming but it is a good way to check the permissions and policies. Simply go to the ‘Settings’ screen on your Android and select ‘Device’ and ‘Apps’. You can turn off or adjust your privacy features within the settings.
If you’re still concerned about your mobile privacy, consider installing a good Android security software program to help protect your phone against malware and other malicious invasions.