Apps are becoming increasingly important, using them every day to communicate and access the internet through our phones, tablets and TV's. In this day and age with all the mobile apps we have access to, it is important to stay safe when downloading and using them.
The first thing is to be careful where you are downloading the app from. Any app you are downloading make sure you are downloading it from a recognised app store. You don't want an untrustworthy app accessing your information, as this can lead to your device being hacked and your information being leaked.
Also when downloading an app, it will often ask whether it access certain data on your device known as a 'permission request'. For example some apps may ask for permission to access your current location in order to provide accurate location information. It is generally agreed that developers should only request data and features that are directly necessary for the app to run. However this doesn't stop some apps requesting additional information they don't necessarily need. It is a good idea to carefully read permission requests when downloading and ensure you are comfortable with the information you are authorising the app to use.
You need to be aware of costs involved with certain apps, especially for roaming and in-app purchases. You can turn off data roaming options to prevent using up your mobile data allowance without even using the app.
You should always check the reviews and the ratings from other customers.
Research from Ofcom found that almost half of apps downloaded are not regularly used. Having many redundant apps filling your device can affect its overall performance, not only consuming its memory space but also it can slow it down and drain the battery.
Lastly always make sure to keep your apps updated with the latest software. This will not only update several features but also offer tighter security. You'll find new security threats emerge all the time, and it takes effort to stay abreast of the situation and take the necessary action to keep your apps secure.