Are your cell phone apps putting your personal info at risk?

Are your cell phone apps putting your personal information at risk?

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"You're downloading an app that maybe all it needs to do is you want to update something on Twitter, but then it's asking for location, phone logs, call logs, internet history," said Travis Koop. "That's a little too far." "You're downloading an app that maybe all it needs to do is you want to update something on Twitter, but then it's asking for location, phone logs, call logs, internet history," said Travis Koop. "That's a little too far."

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - In this day and age it seems there really is an app for almost anything, but some of them could be putting your personal information at risk.

There currently thousands of apps available for cell phones and tablets, all meant to in some way streamline our lives.

To do so, each app requires a different level of access to our personal information.

But how much is too much?

Travis Koop is an I.T. Support Specialist with The I.T. Company in Knoxville. He says a good way to answer that is by looking first at the developer.

"If Microsoft made it or if Apple made it or Google made the app, then requesting the information isn't necessarily bad," said Koop.

Koop says the red flags come with apps asking for information far beyond their intended use.

"You're downloading an app that maybe all it needs to do is you want to update something on Twitter, but then it's asking for location, phone logs, call logs, internet history," said Koop. "That's a little too far because that's not what the app is even for."

In most cases, Koop says the developer uses the information to track how you use the app, but each one is different and how secure they are varies. It comes down to how much sensitive information you keep on your phone or tablet.

"If you use it for business and it has lots of business emails and very important confidential information, then you need to be really really cautious because you don't know what apps could be taking what information," said Koop.

Ultimately experts say the days of blindly clicking 'yes' to those terms and conditions are over.

The key is knowledge and the more you know and understand the better you can protect you and your data.

If you are unsure of how many apps have permissions to access your personal information there is an app for that too. It's called "My Permissions" and you can download it online.

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