If you are an ardent user of the smart phone, you must be aware of Apps or applications. Till about sometime back Apps for a common man had more to do with games, chats, social media, emails etc but now Apps are the most preferred methods of shopping online, ordering food online, booking air tickets and hotel rooms, online recharge and bill payments and a lot of other such activities. There is third party retailer Apps like Paytm App, MobiKwik and PhonePe Apps that enable plenty of the activities mentioned above from a single platform. This is the reason behind their growing usage and importance.
Are you aware that while downloading the Apps, there are certain permissions that they seek? Generally we close our eyes and simply click the okay button without even bothering to read or understand the permission. Permissions are essential because the App or the developer is able to access certain information on your phone so that the said App can interact with the device. Certain things that one should know about this particular feature of Apps are:-
- Permissions specific to the Apps’ content and applicability is fine; anything beyond should raise doubts – Apps meant for recharge should be okay with location and network access permissions.
- Some of the general permissions that Apps seek are related to accessing your network connectivity, camera and video features, location, accessing the text messages, etc.
Overall the concept is that lesser the permission required for installing an App, safer it is for use. Users need to understand and act responsibly rather than install Applications in haste.
Another very effective method of gauging the security and the content quality of an App is by paying attention to certain figures. The number of times the particular App has been downloaded and what is the rating of the App are two key figures that need to be acknowledged. The rule of the thumb is – more the number of downloads, more is the reliability of the vendor or the developer and safer is the App. For Apps that have fewer downloads, one needs to be careful – which in no way means that they are less trustworthy but spending a little time to read in details about their reviews and performance will go a long way in keeping your sensitive personal information safe and secure.
Lastly since we are online most of the times, thanks to internet technology and smart phones, it is wise to read through the reviews of Apps that you wish to download before actually doing so. For example read about the retailer reviews before installing their Apps for mobile recharge. Customer feedback and expert advice help in determining factors like reliability of the vendor, content quality of the App, turnaround time on complaints and other such valuable information.