As many of us already know that apps do expend a lot of our phone’s battery or storage, some might automatically charge money, share our personal information or even collect our credit card data. These days there are many dangerous apps that appear on the market which cannot be immediately tracked by the App Store or Google Play. The safety of your private information and of your device in general is entirely in your hands. Cyber-security is a rising concern which is why we have provided you with a list of dangerous smartphone apps that should be gotten rid of ASAP:

1 Free games

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It takes a lot of money and effort to develop games, so finding a free game usually means that the developers have either added a lot of advertising to the app (and this is usually saved to cache thereby using up a lot of your device’s available storage) or it could be that they are trying to steal and sell your personal information. When you come across a game app that you would like to download, make sure the game is quite well known and read its user agreement.

2 Fast charge apps

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Nowadays there are numerous dangerous smartphone apps which claim that it can speed up your phone’s charging process. However, the fact remains that nothing and especially no app can get your phone to charge faster than its default settings allows. All these apps are just out there to trick you with an endless stream of ads which can appear even when your screen is locked.

3 Wi-Fi apps

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Free Wi-Fi apps which claim that it can provide you with a map of Wi-Fi hotspots or free keys and network protection are actually personal data stealing apps. These can probably steal your credit card information as well.

4 Music players from unknown developers

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Among dangerous smartphone apps, saving music in the cache not only eats away at your phone’s storage but it also causes a massive battery drain with the ads that pop up as a “bonus”. Moreover, downloading unknown music apps can be dangerous for your phone because they could have built-in viruses and hacker codes which can copy your personal data.

5 Location trackers

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Location tracking apps do not only access your location and significantly shorten your battery life, but it may also be stealing your personal data. There are various apps which ask for permission to track your location. Such apps include delivery apps, navigation apps, certain social media apps, and game apps like Pokémon Go. Besides those location tracking apps which you use, remove any unnecessary apps which are also accessing your location. Nevertheless, you should always check the terms of use in the application checking for the location apps which you are using and prohibit access to your location if not necessary.

6 Apps with privacy issues

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A lot of dangerous smartphone apps on the market frequently ask you to allow access to your phone number, text messages contacts, location, photos, etc. In fact, the most popular social media apps have complete access to your personal data without you even knowing about it. The next time you install a new little-known app which requires access to your data, be sure to pay close attention to it. You can also use your app manager to check the setting of those apps.

7 Built-in browsers

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Built-in browsers are usually pre-installed and sometimes when you click a link they tend to open automatically. While these programs don’t guarantee the security of your personal data or protect your system from viruses, they still slow down the phone’s operating system.

8 Pointless apps

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There are many apps which lie unopened on our phones for a very long time after being installed because we tend to forget about them after downloading. Having too many apps on a phone will not only slow down its system, but will also be very distracting as well as shorten the battery life of your device. It would be best to uninstall all those apps which you have no use for.