Monthly Security Tips: Not All Apps are Created Equal

Snapchat. YouTube. Amazon Prime NOW. All totally essential apps, amiright? But have you ever gone to download a brand new gaming app that looks suspicious? Low reviews, limited legit feedback, and for some reason, the app needs access to your GPS data?

The March edition of OUCH!, a monthly security newsletter from the cybersecurity experts at SANS Institute, provides tips for avoiding “bad apps” that might not be worth the risk of downloading. Even if you only use reputable apps, you may still be at risk if you fail to update them. Hackers are constantly searching for weak apps and often target those that collect the most of your personal data.

Ohio State’s Enterprise Security group provides even more information about keeping your mobile devices safe. Visit to learn more.


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