Know Before You Download

We live in such a fast-paced world now. Most, if not all, Americans either own or have access to a mobile device daily. It is easier now, more than ever, to be at risk of credit card fraud, identity theft, viruses and so much more. Though technology has brought us so many things, we are always just one click away from it bringing us something bad. We all see advertisements online or on social media daily, right? Well, clicking on those ads is usually fine because most of them are served up by Google because of your browsing history and come from reputable companies who pay to have their ads served.

For example, let’s say you are looking to download a new casino gaming app, but haven’t taken the time to really look at which ones are the best, most reputable, etc. You can pick the wrong one by mistake and end up with a virus — not good! Be sure to look at the advertisement you are clicking on, Google the company beforehand, if possible, and look at the URL to be sure it is secure and reputable (like the one above) before entering any of your data, credit card info, etc.

Downloading apps on your phone or mobile device can be very habit-forming because it is so easy to do so. In our society, people don’t think twice before hitting ‘download’ to try out a new app or feature. Sadly, this can cause some major issues for your device, as well as for you personally. Here are a few things you should know before you download:

  • Know who and where the app came from. Anyone can build an app. Some are mega-corporations and some are 10-year old boys who are really into computers and technology. The downside to that is that the app could have been created by someone with malicious intent. To mitigate some of the risks of this, be sure you are downloading straight from the official market of whatever platform you are on. This offers you more protection.
  • Avoid Peer-to Peer Downloading. If you are reading this article, odds are that you aren’t one of those people who download pirated apps and widgets. It is not only illegal, it is also highly dangerous and not worth the risk, just to save a buck or two.
  • Read the Fine Print. Oftentimes when you download an app, you are asked to give the developer permission to have certain personal information, as well as the ability to access certain items. Be sure to read this carefully.
  • Be Proactive. As an option, look for security software if you are worried about your downloading habits. For example, if you have an Android 2.2 or later, you can go with Norton Mobile Security as one option.

Overall, just be cautious and smart about the decisions you make online and with your phone. There are plenty of hackers out there looking to steal your information, give you a virus, use your phone to make calls, and so much more. Remember, download from an official market and download with care.

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