When you download an app to your smartphone or tablet, it will request your permission to access certain features of the device. Some apps only require a few specific permissions to run properly. However, other apps try to access your personal information by requesting unnecessary permissions.

Therefore, before downloading an app, check which permissions are being requested and decide if they are justified or excessive. It is up to you whether to accept these requests.

The most commonly requested permissions are:

  • Calls and messages.
  • Calendar.
  • Contacts.
  • Location.
  • Camera and photo gallery.
  • Microphone.

Things to consider when installing an app 

You are looking for an app to respond to a certain need. You will come across several options. However, not all apps can be trusted and many do not guarantee the security of your device. Therefore, before installing an app, it is important to follow certain guidelines to ensure your privacy and security.

  • Only download applications from official sources. The Google Play and App Store platforms implement security measures to prevent malicious apps from appearing in their stores. However, be very careful as these measures are not perfect.
  • Do not jailbreak your device. Jailbreaking involves removing the security restrictions imposed by the manufacturer, for example, to avoid paying for certain apps. Removing the default security barriers will only lead to more problems than benefits as apps can be installed from unofficial and potentially less secure sources.
  • Install a security app on your smartphone. We all run the risk of being infected. However, security apps can offer protection by detecting malware and risk settings on your smartphone.
  • Avoid public Wi-Fi networks. Only download apps through known and secure Wi-Fi networks. Public Wi-Fi networks do not offer any security guarantees.
  • Check the permissions requested by the app. App developers will always request your permission to access certain information on your device. However, it is up to you whether to accept these requests. If you think that a certain request is unrelated to the main purpose of the app, it is advisable to look for another option. This is the best course of action even if the first app has a high number of downloads and an excellent score.