How To Avoid Dangerous Apps

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If you have a smartphone, chances are you also use applications. Some apps though may be putting your personal information at risk.

Dunston Nguyen is rarely without his iPhone. He has about fifty free apps downloaded and admits he doesn't always read all the fine print. "When I'm at home, on the go or waiting for something I play a game real quick," Nguyen said. 

There are a lot of people out there like Nguyen and that's not a good thing when it comes to safety. The "fine print" often reveals a nefarious side to applications.

As Domingo Guerra explained, "Anyone with a computer can create an app, there are very few barriers for entry which is very good for inovation, but its scary as to who is going to access our data."

Guerra is president and co-creator of Apptority, a group that studied top Apple and Android apps. The group found many apps, especially free games, can mine personal data and share it with groups like advertisers.

To protect yourself, try downloading only paid apps which don't typically rely on ads. It could be the difference between your personal information falling into the hands of third-parties and staying safe.

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