Mobile device Applications (apps) are useful tools for both business and personal use.

When installing mobile apps, many require you to share information about yourself which may put your privacy at risk. For example, the app may request access to personal information including email contacts, calendar events, call logs and location data.

While these apps will mainly gather this information for legitimate purposes, e.g. location data to assist you with directions, this same data may be shared with third parties who then target you with customised advertising.

Recommendations

  • Use only official app stores, such as the Apple App Store or Google Play.
  • Do not download apps from unknown sources or install untrusted enterprise certificates.
  • Read recent user reviews for any warnings.
  • Understand what information the app will access.
  • Read the app’s privacy policy to see whether your data will be shared.
  • Once installed, review the app permissions ensuring it only has access to approved information
  • Carefully consider apps that currently have access to your contact list, camera, storage, location, and microphone.
  • Limit location permissions.
  • Update apps regularly.
  • Delete any apps you no longer require.
  • Understand that apps which login using a social networking often share additional information.