For newbie users, mobile apps are programs that are designed for download, installation and use in mobile devices like the smartphone and the tablet. Different mobile apps are meant for use on different mobile technologies like Apple, Blackberry, Android and others. Therefore, not every app is good for you.
Some apps are free and others are paid-for. Therefore, when you are downloading a certain app, you may be asked to provide your credit card number. Most likely, even the free apps are not all free, because the developers sell space within the app for advertising and that is why they provide the apps free of charge so that they can reach as many people as possible.
For some apps, you will find that they are provided free of charge, but to upgrade to a more advanced version of the same app, you will be asked to pay. It does not matter whether you go for the free or paid-for apps but what matters is to know how they are used. This is important for your own security.
When you download an application, you will be...
asked to allow it to access all the information from your mobile device. Some of this information will be like contacts names and numbers, device location, calendar, device information and ID as well as internet data. Before you can tap yes, you need to be sure whether you really need to let someone access all that information.
Before you can install an app into your device, do some handy research to ensure that you know who made it, what it is for and whether you need it. Even though it will be hard to know the type of data that the app will collect from your device, the preliminary research will give you some hints.
Some apps can come with malicious software. The easiest way to know that is when your device starts to send emails that you have not authorized. That is why you need to do some background research before you install an app into your device.
How often should you update the apps you have downloaded? As often as possible. Usually, the updates will have security updates too for protecting your device from vulnerability.
There are so many apps out there, with android having more than 750,000 the last time we checked. However, you do not need so many.