A security expert has revealed four apps that are reportedly worst for privacy.
You may have some of the popular apps on your phone. If you don’t use them often, some experts recommend deleting them.
Facebook is the worst app for privacy, according to Lukas Ramonas, a contributor for security firm NordVPN.
The specialist wrote: “Facebook is probably the worst app for privacy as it tracks you across all of its apps and websites.”
“It even tracks you when you log out of Facebook.”
He says the app wants access to almost every permission it has.
The expert also added the Facebook Messenger app to this list.
He explained, “Facebook Messenger is also one of the worst apps for privacy because it doesn’t use end-to-end encryption.”
Both apps are also at the top of the list of smartphone apps that consume the most battery. So if you don’t use them often, you should think about deleting them.
Next on Ramonas’ list are weather apps.
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This type of app is also energy intensive as it has to run in the background of your device.
Ramonas said: “The app tracks your location 24/7 and sells this data to advertisers, which can compromise your phone’s security and privacy. There are many such apps.”
He even provided some examples in the NordVPN post.
These are AccuWeather, WeatherBug and The Weather Channel App.
Finally, the NordVPN review claims that the Words with Friends app is also bad when it comes to privacy.
He said, “Games like Words with Friends collect an obscene amount of personal data, making it one of the worst privacy apps.”
If you’re worried about the permissions an app wants to access on your phone, you can always adjust your settings.
Apps trying to access unnecessary permissions are often a bad sign.
You don’t have to delete your favorite apps if you think they’re worth keeping, but apps you don’t use often just take up space.
Ramonas said: “Your phone probably has too many apps.”
“Deleting the ones you don’t use will optimize your phone’s performance and protect you from potential vulnerabilities.
“By updating the ones you use, you can ensure their security.”