March 21, 2017 / by / Security tips / 1 Comment

How to become an expert in application security (Security tips)

Every day hundreds of new mobile applications appear in the App Store and Play Market. Some of them will have less than 10 thousand downloads, others are becoming unbelievably popular. But “popular” does not mean “safe”. Most users do not know what risk they are in, launching this new application. It sounds funny, but most of time in order to prevent a threat, it is enough to put or remove in the settings one or two check-marks. One more thing to make thing clear, bellow you can face word “sexts”. What does it mean? Well, its type of massages what one person can sent to another what will contain disgusting, private, intimate photos and video. It would be better for you to avoid such thing.

Dangerous application

How to choose applications?

Of course, you choose what you like yourself or that is popular with your friends. Adults do the same way, so this is normal. But before you put a new program on your phone or tablet, we advise you to do four things:

  • Insure against unwanted purchases inside applications, especially if your parents’ card is tied to your phone. Today money can be spent not only in games, but also, in training services, in scheduling programs – even in some tool for scanning documents. To accidentally not to despise hundreds of dollars for something useless, set in the settings of the mobile device confirmation of each purchase. In new application there is really simple to miss click the purchase button, its common strategy in mobile app today. And if you accidentally press “Buy” the system will ask you for a password before you debit the account.
  • Check if the app is suitable for you by age rating. Especially if it’s a game. Such restrictions, believe me, do not ask at all to tease you.
  • Make sure that your age matches the one specified in the usage rules. Sometimes, the application on the main page has a rating of 3+, but in the rules of use it is written that it is intended, for example, only for persons 14 years old and older. This is no accident. The store administration believes that even 5-year-old can download the application, but to create an own account, you should be at least teenagers who have reached a certain age. If you decide to break the rules, and then the administration will find it out, your profile may be blocked. It will be really sad to lose all your progress what was made through the weeks, moth or even years.
  • Look for information about the application on trusted sites about online security. Find out if it does not compromise the security of your device and data, are experts consider it to be dangerous for users. If there are risks, it is necessary to check is it possible to minimize them using application settings or antivirus installation. You need to do everything to make the new application more safety for your device. If there any similar app what classified as safe, we highly recommend to use it.

Which application can be dangerous?

Here are five popular applications, the use of which can lead to undesirable consequences. Of course, the list is not complete. So try yourself as a security expert and consider the similarities between the applications mentioned here and those that you use. Do you have similarities? Then it is worthwhile to additionally check if the same risks that we list below are connected with them.

Snapchat

Dangerous application

What is it?

The program for messaging, allowing you to send photos and videos that disappear after a short time – you choose it yourself.

What is dangerous?

The main idea of this app is to hide all the messages that were written, so there is a 100% guarantee what you won’t see them anywhere else. But the exchange of private, intimate photos and video – entertainment is not at all harmless. For example, the recipient can take a screen shot and thus save the received image. And then show it in secret to the whole world.


Whisper

Dangerous Application

What is it?

A social network where people anonymously share their secrets and can communicate with other users of the application that are nearby.

What is dangerous?

Firstly, the “whispers” themselves are nasty, obscene, even with a criminal past. You never know what you’ll stumble upon, and, unfortunately, you will not be able to “unseen” the dirty things. Secondly, in Whisper there is a section MeetUp, created to ensure that anonymous users could meet with each other. But how to believe someone you know only by correspondence? It is not known what is on his mind. Keep in mind: often people who seek to use others for their unseemly purposes are well-hung by language, and correspondence with them seems very fascinating and sweet.


Yik Yak

Dangerous Application

What is it?

An instant messaging program in which users write anonymously and receive messages from other people within a radius of up to 8 km.

What is dangerous?

In the US, this application has become a serious problem for schools: it is not so difficult to unite all students in a common anonymous chat where anyone will have the opportunity to insult teachers, school personnel or other school children. Especially if someone does not bother with preserving their anonymity. So, if you use Yik Yak, you may be harassed or dragged into the baiting of someone else.


Tinder

Dangerous Application

What is it?

Service for dating with other users who live close to each other. Theoretically, it is intended for those who are over 18 years old. But, it happens, it is used by younger school children.

What is dangerous?

If you use Tinder, anyone in the neighborhood can see your photo, find out that you live nearby, and try to meet with you personally. Anyone. Or some one will see that you have with him, for example, “40 common friends” on Facebook, and will easily start spreading rumors about you among them.


Pokémon Go

Dangerous Application

What is it?

A sensational game with augmented reality. Moving in the real world, the player catches, trains and expands on fights virtual Pokemon living in his smart phone or tablet.

What is dangerous?

Walking down the street, burying yourself in the screen, is extremely dangerous. Since the launch of the game, the Network has flown dozens of news about players hit by cars or injured due to unnoticed obstacles. In addition, some spawns in Pokémon Go are in potentially dangerous places, for example, in abandoned buildings, in wastelands or in private areas. Sometimes, property owners aggressively behaved with those who visit such spawns. Even the game developers themselves remind that such places should be avoided. Catching Pokemon better in parks, shopping centers and other well-lit and crowded places or near the house, always looking up from the device in order to cross the road, and regularly looking around.

Conclusion

From now on you can call yourself a application security expert. Now you see most popular dangerous issue in today’s applications and now you won’t do anything wrong with different kind of it. But take my last word! Your parents – great real-time support team, so don’t be afraid to share anything with them. If you want them to respect you and your choice – show that you can protect yourself. Before installing an app, make sure to talk with your parents about what sort of information you will share. Most apps aren’t meant to be dangerous or used as cyber-bullying platforms. Whether or not it winds up being harmful you need to show to your parents that you will use it appropriate.

1 comment on “How to become an expert in application security (Security tips)”

  1. Bablofil says:

    Thanks, great article.

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