Keep Tabs On Your Apps

By Todd Miller, Information Security Officer

Keep Tabs On Your Apps
By Todd Miller, Information Security Officer  

Have you noticed that apps you recently downloaded are asking for permission to access your device’s microphone, camera, contacts, photos, or other features? Or that an app you rarely use is draining your battery life?

Your mobile device could be filled with suspicious apps running in the background or using default permissions you never realized you approved—gathering your personal information without your knowledge while also putting your identity and privacy at risk.
 
The following are some steps to avoid “over-privileged” apps:
  • Check your app permissions and use the “rule of least privilege” to delete what you don’t need or no longer use.
  • Learn to just say “no” to privilege requests that don’t make sense.
  • Only download apps from trusted sources.
  • Enable automatic app updates in your device settings or when they pop up. It helps keep you patched and protected against ever-evolving cyber threats!