In this part of the globe, lots of us are very ignorant about the Apps we use because we’re generally not very tech-intellect in Africa, we just want to use our phones.
We really don’t care much about what goes on with the phone or whatnot.
Surprisingly, 80% of the Apps we use today steal our data and spy on us, but if you use an Android phone, don’t even try to ignore this post, all your apps typically steal your data and spy on you so badly.
How do you identify the Apps that do these?
Very Easy! Almost all apps ask you for permission, to access your calendar, SMS, photos, microphone, and others– abi?
My guy, this is an age long concept that helps them get access to data you would rather not share, and those ones that ask for permission to use your microphone, they’re most probably listening to all your conversations.
Here are the Top 10 Apps That Steal Your Data & Spy on you without your knowledge.
Facebook is the most notable of them all, Mark Zuckerberg has paid the price for this with a $500 million dollar fine for releasing the data of the app users which were in turn used to influence the 2016 elections.
Whats App presently has a user base of over 1.5 billion users, which makes it one of the most used apps in the world.
WhatsApp has access to your gallery and Microphone and you can be sure that it gathers your data through these means; in fact, hackers can listen in on your conversation by hacking your WhatsApp mic.
Instagram is another popular app that feast on your data and can be used to spy on you.
Instagram requests for permission to access your location, microphone, gallery and some other parts of your phone.
Granting it permission to use this app is granting it full access to spy on you and harvest your data.
4. Google Maps
Google Maps is a location-based app that needs access to your location and some other parts of your phone.
Realizing that this app harvests your data and has the potential to spy on you is a no-brainer since it has access to your movements.
5. Facebook Messenger
All messages that you send and receive using the Facebook Messenger app are not encrypted, which means that all your messages can be viewed by any Facebook employee with the appropriate permissions.
So, you all should be mindful of what you send via this channel else, your conversations might find it’s way to the public domain sooner or later.
6. Angry Birds
Another app that is very guilty of harvesting your data is the gaming app Angry Birds.
Some time ago, Snowden blew the whistle on NSA and exposed that they were using the app to get access to people’s data.
“The app was leaking personal data like users’ phone numbers, call logs, home country, current location, and even marital status, and the NSA was gobbling it up without any misgivings whatsoever.”