The 12 Scams of Christmas #11: Malicious Mobile Apps

The 12 Scams of Christmas #11: Malicious Mobile Apps

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Navigating the holidays has never been easier thanks to the technology that fits right in the palm of your hand. Navigating the holidays has never been easier thanks to the technology that fits right in the palm of your hand.
If you're not careful, downloading the wrong app can give scammers unlimited access. If you're not careful, downloading the wrong app can give scammers unlimited access.
According to computer security software giant McAfee, a recent study found that 33 percent of apps ask for more information than they need, such as access to your contacts or location. According to computer security software giant McAfee, a recent study found that 33 percent of apps ask for more information than they need, such as access to your contacts or location.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Smartphones and tablets certainly make planning for the holidays a lot easier. There is an app for almost anything, but not all apps have your best interest at heart, and some look to catch you in a moment of weakness.

Scam number 11: Malicious Mobile Apps

Navigating the holidays has never been easier thanks to the technology that fits right in the palm of your hand.

"Fifty percent of consumers with smart phones will shop with their smart phones this Christmas," said Jerry Tipton of the Better Business Bureau of Greater East Tennessee.

It's not only a shoppers paradise, but a good way to plan holiday travel or monitor your Christmas spending.

If you're not careful, downloading the wrong app can give scammers unlimited access.

"They can get all your personal information," said Tipton. "Anything at all that you put in your computer or in your smartphone."

According to computer security software giant McAfee, a recent study found that 33 percent of apps ask for more information than they need, such as access to your contacts or location.

"The smartest thing to do if you want to shop for apps is to actually shop at the App Store," said Tipton. "Don't go to knock off sites."

You should also check other users' reviews, as well as the app's permission policies, before downloading. Ultimately, only give information that you feel comfortable sharing.


Our 12 Scams of Christmas series continues Thursday Nov. 14 with a scam that goes after the very spirit of the holiday season.

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