Cell Phone Apps – Can You Trust Them?
Okay, I was watching the news this morning while I got ready for work and had to really sit down because of what I was hearing. Most people have downloaded at least one free app in their lifetime without even thinking too hard about it. However, should we really be paying closer attention before downloading these apps to our phones? Is it even worth it to download these apps to the same phone that we use for so many other personal things? Are we being a bit careless with our information or am I over thinking things?
Due to the openness of the Google Play Store, many ne’er-do-wells have taken to publishing all sorts of fake apps. Some of these are simply useless, but others are designed to steal your time and cash….Stegner
As consumers we have to be prepared to spot fake apps because they multiply at a very fast rate. As soon as one scam is discovered, there comes another so the best course of action is to learn how to spot the fake ones.
According to scambusters these are the most popular cell phone scams that we all need to pay attention to:
- Subscriber fraud
- Stolen or lost phones
- Bogus text messages
- The old switcheroo
- Catches in the small print
- Vote with your phone
- Beware of these hoaxes
Please see the story here that inspired this post. I urge you to take the time to at least listen to this news story from CBS and think long and hard before downloading apps to your phone. While you are at it, please speak to your kids on this subject because this can have dire circumstances as in the case of one woman who lost $5,000 because she used her debit card to download an app that cost $15.
Stegner, B. (2014). Scam apps in the play store you need to avoid. Retrieved from http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/scam-apps-play-store-need-avoid/