5 ways to stop your parents from taking away your phone

Digital Family

teenwalkWhen it comes to mobile privacy, teenagers are just about as savvy as adults — but that isn’t good enough.

A new PEW study shows that 51% of teens surveyed had avoided an app due to privacy concerns. Last year, 54% of adults said the same.

That means about 1/2 of the people with a cell phone are wisely considering the consequences of their actions, whether they pay for their phone or not. But young people whose ability to afford a mobile device with its monthly fees, the responsibility to keep a phone functioning is higher.

So to avoid getting your constant connection to the world taken away because your phone won’t work or is costing more than expected, follow these 5 tips.

1. Use official app stores.
The official iOS store and Windows Phone stores have exceptional security records. And the Google Play store is almost as good if you follow the next tip.

2. Read app reviews.
When it comes to apps, better to follow the crowd than to be a leader. Let others test out an app for you and don’t install anything that doesn’t have the vote of confidence from dozens if not hundreds of people.

3. Review the permissions on your apps.
“Android also allows you to view the permissions of your installed apps,” Make Use Of‘s Chris Hoffman explains. “To do so, tap the Menu button, tap Settings, tap Applications, and tap Manage Applications. Tap an installed app in the list and scroll down to the view the permissions it requires.”

If an Android app doesn’t update automatically, it’s because they’re asking for new permissions.

What permissions do you want to avoid? If you’re going to approve “Authenticate accounts”, “Write secure settings” and “Send SMS” and other dangerous permissions, you better really trust the app maker.

4. Use secure Wi-Fi whenever possible to avoid data overages.
And if you have unlimited data, always use that over public Wi-Fi, unless you have no choice.

5. Remember, you still can be scammed on your phone.
You can still click on bad links on webpages or emails and end up in some sort of a scam on your phone. It may even be more likely to happen on a mobile, since you expect pages to look odd. So only share information with sites you trust. Always check the url and make sure you see https:// whenever entering private data.

Cheers,

Sandra

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