A lot of us use the same 3 apps everyday and the other 24 apps on our phones are just sitting there gathering dust. It’s good to have a clean up of apps, deleting the ones you don’t use as sometimes apps can be infected with malware.
It is strongly recommenced that you only use accredited sites to download apps.
Anything that isn’t the accredited by the “Google App Store”, isn’t necessarily infected with malicious bugs and links that’ll end the world but we would strongly recommend that you do only use the accredited sites when downloading apps. So that’s the Apple App Store for Apple users and Google Play for Android users. The reason for this is security, as these app stores have strict guidelines and regularly review apps to ensure they are safe.
Nothing is ever 100% safe but using the accredited sites is a step in the right direction. Malware on apps can get missed and unfortunately the unsuspecting user can download the bug, which is why it is also important to keep apps updated and delete ones you don’t use.
What to consider before downloading an app
- Who is the developer or company who has produced the app? Do they have a good reputation?
- Have they made any other apps? If not, that may be an alarm bell.
- Do those other apps have good reviews? Bad ratings means you should stay away!
- Does anything feel fishy? If so, don’t download!
Outside of the accredited app stores
It’s very hard to make it into the accredited App stores so up and coming app developers have to result to other sites to host their apps. If you do decide to purchase an app outside of the App Store or Google Play, be sure to:
- Check the web address and ensure the site using HTTPS.
- Look out for the padlock, as this highlights that the website is secure.
If you have doubts, it’s not worth the risk so don’t download the app.
Top tips for apps you have already downloaded
- Update apps when you are notified so you don’t miss important updates which are essential to help keep the bad guys out and your data safe.
- Delete old and unused apps as they may not be updated by the developer and cyber criminals have a better chance of hacking the app and stealing your personal and sensitive data through holes in outdated design.
Another vital thing you must always do it update your apps on all devices. Don’t ignore the pop up message on your phone asking you to update because these messages are important and have an important purpose.
Having the most up to date version of an app will help protect you against getting infected with bugs. The reason for updates is to improve the security of your device, which protects your personal information. Hackers take advantage of outdated design which then puts your information at risk if you haven’t downloaded the latest updates.
If you would like to learn more about why you shouldn’t ignore the “update” message read our blog “Are you installing the latest software?”.