Apps are an integral part if you’re a smartphone user and want to use it to its full ability. Without social, productivity, gaming and other applications, your smartphone will not be able to call smart. There are millions of apps which are useful and free to download, but all of them are not useful and good for the health of your gadget. While installing applications on your mobile, they ask for your permission to access certain information like on which network you want to download, through which account you want to sign-in, etc.
Here is a list of those applications which are popular and useful, but can be really bad for the health and performance of your smartphones:
DRAW SOMETHING FREE
It’s an application which is very popular among users that allows you play to take part in a remote Pictionary game and play with friends. It’s a clue based game where one draw something and other tries to identify what it is. Although it’s a fun game, but behind the play there are multiple built-in libraries that are all about displaying and serving targeted ads. These libraries are third-party bits of code from other developers which are dropped by the game developer to earn profit in an indirect way.
GO WEATHER FORECAST & WIDGETS
It is a weather forecasting application which exercises a lot of its permissions and formalities to send data to app markets besides Google Play. It you observe attentively, you’ll find that all application starts with GO like Go Battery and Go SMS Pro have the same design and filled your gadget with malicious apps. It’s recommended clear of all of them. If you are concerned about security, it’s a bad idea to deal with alternative app stores.
It’s a modern “viral” mobile game with millions of downloads since its release. Most of its sequels and spinoffs don’t fare so well with the user’s security. They include several targeted ad libraries which track and collect phone identity information, including your signal, carrier, device ID, phone call logs, and number. The newer versions of this game aren’t as vulnerable, as old ones.
It’s Android’s default camera app which is serviceable, but not eccentric. It promises to free cloud storage, add more camera modes, facial recognition, exclusive filters, real-time “touch-ups” and more with no ads. Although it doesn’t include any ad targeting libraries, but it has in-built the Baidu search engine library. It uses several permissions to grab mobile analytics data. A lot of developers use this to know more about how their app is performing, which can also track what other apps are you’re running and track your location. It can also access to your full phone state, including everything your signal, carrier, device ID, phone call logs, and number. The newer versions of this game aren’t as vulnerable, as old ones.
MY TALKING TOM
It’s a kid’s favorite app where you adopt and take care of a kitten. Its privacy settings aren’t so adorable. It involves a whopping 8 targeted ad libraries and along with keeping your phone’s identifying information, it sends users audios to the advertisers from the microphone which is creepy for a kids’ game.
If there are such apps and apps like flashlight app if it seeks the permission to know your current location or full Internet access then it’s really irrelevant. In such cases, such apps use your information for really malicious purposes. If there is any app which asks for too much information irrelevantly, try to avoid such app. It’s your awareness and concern not to download risky and those software which slowdown the speed of your gadget.
Jessica is an expert tech writer and work for data recovery service provider company, who writes about technicalities involved with the system’s hardware as well as software and always discuss about computer repair & virus removal services.