More than 1000 apps steal your data .. 5 golden tips to help you protect your phone

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Books: Diaa El Sakka

Arab Net has published a report monitoring 5 security tips to help you prevent some applications from stealing your data.

This comes after technology scientists discovered more than 1000 applications – running on the Android operating system – cheat to bypass denial of permissions, allowing these applications to access all the private data on your phone such as: names, passwords, credit card information, the location of each place you go, and your photos Character, which highlights how difficult it is to maintain privacy on the Internet, especially if you’ve been connected to your phone and apps the whole time.

Here are 5 tips that help you prevent apps from stealing your data:

1- Using a password management app:
Reports indicate that 52% of people use the same password for multiple accounts or for all accounts, as the large number of services, sites and applications has increased the need to use many passwords, and this is what makes the majority of users give up creating a different password for their accounts, and so if one account is hacked All accounts are easy to hack. Therefore it is preferable to rely on password management applications.

Password Manager keeps all your passwords in one encrypted application and protected with one password. It also allows you to create strong passwords that are difficult to guess, and although applications such as: Google Chrome and the phone application included in Samsung phones will offer you to save passwords, security experts always recommend relying on stronger services.

2- Use VPN:
If you use public Wi-Fi networks a lot in your phone instead of using phone data, experts recommend using a virtual private network (VPN) as it encrypts your activity over the Internet, and allows you to direct site visits to different servers to hide your physical whereabouts.

When looking for a VPN provider it is important that the company be known and trusted, as the app stores include many free VPN apps, but they do questionable practices.

3- Be careful with the permissions that apps require:
This advice was unanimously agreed by all experts, and they recommended a good verification of the permissions that an application requires when starting to use it. You should also ask yourself first why is the app asking for these permissions? As the application’s request to access data that is not related to its functionality is an indication that something is not normal.

In addition to paying attention to the permissions you give to an app, it is also important to monitor your phone’s performance after installing the app, since slow phone performance and fast battery drain are clear signs that the app is constantly running in the background to access your data all the time.

4- Check the site settings for applications:
You should check the geolocation settings for each app installed in your phone, and be sure to disable the setting for accessing your location in applications, and services whose work does not depend on knowing where you are, as location tracking helps determine your behavior, habits, and targeting with customized ads.

You can also delete apps that you no longer use, as we often don’t need half of the apps installed in our phones, and getting rid of these apps will make the phone run faster.

To protect your privacy more, make sure to turn off the site setting in the camera app, as many social media applications get permission to access your photos such as: Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, and others so that you can send and share them with your friends. If the site setting is active, it will be easy for these apps to track you.

5- Make sure to update the operating system:
An operating system update is necessary to keep your data secure, as system updates include improvements to your security and privacy features, so experts suggest adjusting your phone’s settings to update automatically.

Care must also be taken to download applications from official stores, as Google Play includes a service (Play Protect) that checks applications before downloading them.



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