Oversharing isn’t just something teenagers do online these days. Your mobile apps might be oversharing on behalf of you and your organization without you even knowing it. Most apps, particularly ones that are free, are designed to collect and share your data in some form or another. That can mean big problems for your organizational security and your data privacy. Here are several things you can do to protect yourself and your company better in the modern age.
Understand What’s At Stake
Take Action to Protect Your Data
While some apps will openly disclose how user information is being used, others are not necessarily so straightforward. To prevent your data from being overshared with third parties via your apps, make sure you research the apps you are downloading and the companies that distribute them. Reputable companies are less likely to be acting improperly when it comes to your data, but even then, you should be careful. Read user reviews and mentions in industry publications to make sure you are aware of current technology trends to stay ahead of the market as much as possible.
Always update your apps when a new version is available, as these updates often repair bugs or vulnerabilities found in earlier versions of the app. Be strict about deleting any apps you no longer use from your phone as they may be acting in the background without your even knowing it. While it’s the plain truth that neither mobile nor web-based apps are likely to stop collecting information from users, as that is how they most often make the money they need to sustain their business, you can make sure that the information you are sharing is only what you agree to and are comfortable with. Read the fine print, and do what you can to keep your personal information personal, and your organizational data secure.