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Beware of hidden traps in mobile apps

People need to be more aware of the danger in downloading some phone applications.
People need to be more aware of the danger in downloading some phone applications. Scottie Simmonds

THERE'S an app for everything it seems, but with a tap of your finger you could be exposed to a lot more than a fun game or nifty gadget.

With a few simple finger taps you can have an app installed and ready to run.

But before you click, Wide Bay Social Media owner Dan Willersdorf warns users to be aware of risks associated with installing applications.

"Often people just click yes without knowing what they're really approving," he said.

Mr Willersdorf said people could be downloading apps, and they don't necessarily understand what the app does.

"Read the conditions before approving access or do some research online so you know what the application actually does."

Even government departments have got on board and have been recently promoting new apps.

Centrelink has launched a series of apps to facilitate user communication.

Human Services Minister Kim Carr said, "Last year they called Centrelink six million times; spending about nine minutes talking to an officer each time. Most business dealt with on those calls will only take a minute using this app."

The Office of Fair Trading also has an app which can help consumers be aware of their rights while shopping.

How many apps do you have and do you use them all? Tell us in the comments below. 

Topics:  mobile phone apps mobile phones



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