Millions of Android users urged to check Google settings immediately – or it could cost you
ALL Android users should regularly check their app permissions, say web experts.
That means you can catch a rogue app probing your personal information.
You’ll usually see permission requests when you first install an app on your Google-powered phone.
Or you may find them popping up when you try to access a new feature in an app.
You will be asked to give permission to something like your microphone or texts.
But cyber experts at security firm Avast say you should pay close attention to these requests.
“App permissions sound great in theory, but they can make your device insecure or slow down your phone if the app misbehaves,” Avast explained.
“Some permissions can interfere with your phone’s resources. Others can pose privacy risks – you might think you’re giving an app permission only when you’re using it, when in fact you’ve given it permission to access certain parts of your phone all the time.
“Meanwhile, some apps are fake that can wreak havoc if they get app permissions to access parts of your phone, so learn how to spot a fake app or Android spyware — even if the app is hidden on Android.”
Remember that there can be good reasons why an app has permissions.
You can’t upload photos to Instagram without giving it access to your photos or camera.
And good luck recording a voice memo on WhatsApp without giving microphone permission.
But sometimes apps pull creepy tricks to snoop on you—so keeping an eye on permissions is extremely important.
The good news is that reviewing your app permissions is very easy.
You can refuse a permission at any time.
How to Change Android App Permissions
Unlock your Android phone and then open Settings.
Now go to Apps and notifications, or Apps.
Select an app you want to investigate.
Then tap Permissions to display a list of app permissions.
You can tap on something like Contacts, Camera or Location to check their settings.
And you can allow or deny app permissions as often as you want.
You can also manage apps based on their permissions (rather than by app name).
So you can see which apps have access to your location or microphone.
Go to Settings > Apps & Notifications (or Apps), then Advanced and look for Permissions Management.
Then you can allow or deny apps based on specific permissions.
Best Phone and Gadget Tips and Hacks
Looking for tips and hacks for your phone? Want to find the secret features of social media apps? We’ve got you covered…
Get all the latest stories about WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook and other tech gadgets here.
We pay for your stories! Got a story for The Sun Online Tech & Science team? Email us at [email protected]