Cell Phone Apps – Can You Trust Them?

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Smartphone with cloud of application icons

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.

Smartphone with cloud of application icons

According to scambusters these are the most popular cell phone scams that we all need to pay attention to:

  1. Subscriber fraud
  2. Stolen or lost phones
  3. Cloning
  4. Eavesdropping
  5. Ringtones
  6. Bogus text messages
  7. The old switcheroo
  8. Catches in the small print
  9. Vote with your phone
  10. 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Sources

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/

 

 


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38 Responses

  1. This is one of the reasons I will only buy well trusted and verified apps!

  2. I recently had someone hack into my computer. Much more aware now!

  3. I don’t trust any technology and question anything that happens with my phone, computer, TV, etc.

  4. This is so right. I have had apps that ask (before i install them) for access to my personal information even though it shouldn’t use it.

  5. Laurie says:

    That makes me nervous. Are they only with Google play App Store or is it also in the iPhone one?

  6. I download a ton of apps, but I always check the reviews and the rating and how many times it’s been downloaded. Sometimes you can spot a fake through their spelling or even in the reviews!

  7. Interesting I didn’t know anything like that could happen. I download apps a lot so this is definitely going to make me think twice before I click download. Luckily I haven’t had anything bad happen in the past although I have gotten viruses from an app before!

  8. Vernon says:

    Now that’s some good info.
    Honesty I don’t download many apps but by the same token, I don’t pay much attention to the ones I do. I assume because everyone else has it, it must be good.
    I will let my family read this informative post.
    Thanks,Vernon

  9. Amy Jones says:

    Wow I’ve never consider any of this things I’ll keep all of this information in mind when I download anything to my phone

  10. Mardene,

    This is a good cautionary post and I appreciate your taking the time to share. BUT I truly believe thate the universe has my best interests at heart so I attract that which is good for my spirit. I dont download many apps unless its a business app from a known and reliable source that I can get recompense from is things went pear shaped. That said, I proceed with caution and only needs must. My children dont download anything without my permission. The hand over their phones to me every evening and I have leeway to check and delete anything that doesnt meet my approval as the bill payer! Its a privilege to own a phone not a right for them and I dont really mind what anyone thinks about that 🙂
    Julie Syl Kalungi

  11. Elizabeth O. says:

    I rarely download apps, I only get the ones that are well-known like the social media apps and that’s pretty much it. I have an issue with downloading apps as well and I don’t want to make the mistake of downloading a suspicious one and ending up losing tons of money and information. That’s so scary.

  12. See, this is where I differ with you. I have lots and lots of app on my phone. They have helped me manage my social media profiles, create content, etc. on the go anywhere in the world I am. But, the ones you have listed are most certainly not on my phone and will never be. So, I would say it all depends on the person/user and if they familiarise themselves, do the research before downloading.

  13. Ana De-Jesus says:

    I trust the apps that I do have but you are right it is very difficult to know sometimes.

  14. solaonitiri says:

    This is the information that’s so important to know. Sadly, as a social media consultant, there are certani apps that I just can’t live without.

  15. this is crazy! I hate to think how much information is on my phone!

  16. My grand kids always download apps to their phones. I’m going to let their parents read this when they get off tonight and share this to my FB page.

  17. Great post Mardene. I’ll definitely need to be more careful when choose what apps to download in the future. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  18. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says:

    I don’t trust anything, especially an app. I would never use one that needed my personal info.