You've seen this before: 'Click on this (app download) to access this (piece of content)'. The ubiquity of this gesture is as normal an online experience as perhaps checking your emails or your Tweets throughout the day. But do you know what you could be compromising at the click of a button?
The question was explored during CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies, when Africa Melane followed up on a query from a listener wanting to know why a load shedding app wanted permission to access their identity and mobile phone camera.
Operations manager at Wolfpack Information Risk Manuel Corregedor says that mobile users should heed the terms and conditions and should become more conscious of the privacy implications.
Unfortunately not enough people are aware of the risks. And when you grant permission, you often give away your privacy.— Manuel Corregedo
5 things you ought to know, according to Corregedor:
1. Different apps require different permissions. So users should not make assumptions about the terms they are agreeing to.
2. Mobile users should always review the apps purpose, to understand the functions that it will effect on their mobile device.
3. Once they have done this, they are advised to identify if the permissions asked for by the developers are justified by the purpose of the app.
4. If mobile users have unwittingly given permissions to a mobile app, they should uninstall it as soon as possible. There are also other reliable applications that can centrally control the permissions granted to all other apps that users download on their phones.
5. Most free applications want full access to a mobile network, so that they can advertise.
Usually with the free apps, they do require network access. That’s because they generate revenue from the advertising they show you. In order to do that, they need to connect and get your information.— Manuel Corregedor
Listen to the full conversation with Africa Melane, standing in on CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies: