Viruses and phishing schemes all seem like a thing of the past, but they are actually more prominent than ever, especially as applications are being optimised more for mobile use. Just because there is a saturated market of mobile apps, doesn’t mean you should be lulled into a false sense of security.
Fraudulent apps are the bane of cybersecurity, and while there might not be anything suspicious at first look, you never know who you can interact with. Take this opportunity to beef up your cybersecurity by following online etiquette.
With these tips and tricks, you should be able to spot app red flags from a mile away.
1. Learn Where the App Comes From
Mobile app stores such as the iOS’ App Store and Google’s Play Store all have rules and regulations in place to keep track of any malicious apps and prevent users from downloading them. As such, there is a high percentage that you won’t get any fraudulent apps on these platforms.
Don’t get us wrong, there is still a possibility of fraudulent apps slipping through the cracks, but it is a small chance. Therefore, if you are downloading an application outside of these platforms, you have to be on your guard.
The iOS Appstore in particular has strict regulations about approving applications. You’ll be much safer downloading your apps from there than from a website. Make sure you stay on your guard for any suspicious activity, and contact professionals immediately.
2. Look Up Reviews
You can always trust customer reviews to tell you everything you need to know about an app before you download it. For instance, it will give you an inkling about the User Experience (UX) of the app and can tell you about any negative aspects of the app.
If there is any suspicious activity within the app, then someone who downloaded it previously should be able to sniff it out and give other potential downloaders a warning.
Do note that an application having no reviews or ratings is slightly questionable. Be mindful of reviews created by bots to make the application look good as well. Any credible app will generate its own user base as time goes on.
3. Avoid Sending Money
The biggest red flag, especially in phishing cases, is when they start asking you for money. Beware of anyone pretending to be from Amazon, Social Security or the IRS. In fact, some phishing schemes are becoming more grandiose, feeding into romantic fantasies and creating elaborate stories.
Only send money to people you can trust. Better yet, don’t send money at all. You should also be wary of cash transfer apps such as Venmo. Finances are sensitive information, and if fallen into the wrong hands, you could be in serious trouble.
4. Have Security Software at the Ready
Make sure you always have security software at the ready in case of a cyberattack. They say prevention is better than cure, and this applies to mobile applications as well.
As platforms and websites are increasing their own cybersecurity, there is a lower chance of getting caught in a phishing scheme in this day and age. Nevertheless, there is still a possibility of it happening. As long as you observe the right cybersecurity practices, you should be safe on the web.
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