Before you download one more app, you must check this list first

There are also those forgotten apps I downloaded and only used once or twice. I know you have them too. Before you hituninstall,” there’s a crucial step you need to take. Tap or click for the right way to delete apps.

While you’re making your phone more secure, take some time to wipe out tracking cookies. You do this on your computer, and it’s a step worth taking on your phone, 너무. Tap or click for the steps to get the job done.

Before you visit the Google Play or Apple App Store again, there are a few things to keep in mind to keep nosey and dangerous downloads off your phone.

1. Watch out for sneaky ‘always onpermissions

How many apps have access to your camera, microphone, 위치, and contacts? I can tell you without looking that the answer is, “Too many.Few apps truly need those permissions, and even fewer need them enabled all the time.

Here’s an example: Your iPhone will notify you if it’s about to rain. I thought that sounded handy, so I went to enable the feature. 놀라다, it also required me to havealways-onlocation tracking. 아니, 감사.

Third-party apps will try to get their hands on any info they can through these permissions, 너무. (More about your contacts in No. 3 on this list.)

시간이 지남에 따라, you can lose track of the specific permissions you set for each app. It’s worth checking.

Manage app permissions on an Android phone

  • Go to Settings > tap Apps.
  • Select the app you want to adjust.
  • Tap Permissions.

Adjust app permissions on your iPhone

  • 열다 Settings > Tap Privacy.
  • Select a category, like Photos, Microphone, or Camera.
  • For each category, you’ll see a list of apps that have requested permission for it. Slide the toggle to the left next to each app to remove access to that category.

PRIVACY BOOST: Google knows what you type, watch, and say unless you take these steps.

2. Don’t be so quick to connect with Facebook

With most apps and services, you have a few options for setting up an account. The most common are using your social media login or create a new account with your email address or phone number.

While it’s faster to connect with Facebook, I suggest you make a new account instead. Enabling third-party app permissions spreads your sensitive information to even more companies and data brokers.

It’s also a security risk. If you use the same login for many accounts, what happens when one gets hacked? Be sure each account you set up has its unique password, 너무.

Speaking of social media, hackers, creeps, and trolls can easily use the content you’ve posted against you. Tap or click for the security and privacy mistakes you are making.

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Close up on a key and padlock lying on a red binary code surface. The padlock is unlocked and displays a glowing grid. (파일)

3. Protect your contact list

When you let an app access your contacts, you’re giving away other people’s private information.

Say your friend isn’t interested in a social media app you want to try out. If you connect your contacts to the app, you’re giving away their phone number, 이메일, and maybe even home address, all without their consent.

Here’s a little-known fun fact. You often give an app permission to change or add contacts to your address book when you enable this feature.

Related: How to clean up your iPhone contacts list in 4 easy steps

4. Stop downloading duplicates

Bad downloads sneak into the app stores way too often. Tap or click for 10 apps you need to remove from your phone now. Malicious code is often hidden in apps that appear innocuous, like PDF editors and photo editing software.

Then there are things like flashlight apps or QR code scanners. None of these should make their way onto your home screen. 왜? Your phone has these features built-in.

Downloading apps you don’t need leads to a bloated phone. Tap or click here for a list of bloatware apps you didn’t even know were slowing down your phone.

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The buttons of the photo app Instagram, surrounded by WhatsApp, 페이스 북, Messages and other apps on the screen of an iPhone.

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