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Be careful of granting sensitive permissions to new apps

Many apps — even well-known ones — ask for a long list of permissions when they’re installed. This can include location data, camera access, your email information, and other potentially sensitive permissions. Be wary of what you grant access: An image-editing app probably doesn’t need access to your emails to function. Note that location data […]

Time to get rid of your unused apps!

It’s not just about de-cluttering your closet or bookshelf, it also applies to any digital stuff you have, like your phone apps. Take a look through your phone and if you come across an app you haven’t used in a while (or ever!), get rid of it. You’ll be doing yourself a favor by reducing […]

Use the newest versions of Microsoft Office and other popular apps

Microsoft Office and productivity software in general are both magnets for cyberattacks, since they’re so common, meaning any successful attempt will have huge ripple effects. If possible, you should use the newest versions of these applications, as they’re much more secure than their predecessors and are patched against many known vulnerabilities.

Don’t “sideload” an app onto your device unless you’re absolutely sure it’s safe

Most phones allow you to add apps to them manually, without using traditional stores such as Google Play and the Apple App Store. While these apps may seem useful, there’s no reliable way to tell if they’re completely safe. It’s best to avoid sideloading apps altogether unless you’re completely sure the app is legitimate.

Delete apps and programs you no longer use from your phone, tablet, and computer

Apps and programs often require special permissions to function, such as being able to access your camera or personal data. There’s no reason to have unused apps with special permissions from a security standpoint, so it’s best to delete any apps or programs you no longer use, just to be safe. Besides, many of these […]

Be careful what permissions you do give to apps because many are optional

Most of the time, an app doesn’t really need to know your location. It’s usually just for the sake of convenience so you don’t have to plug in your address manually. Still, it’s more secure to only give location access to apps that need it, so only give permissions to apps that you’re comfortable with […]