Sneaky apps

By Claire Dorsch, staff writer
Photo by Hallee Evans, staff photographer

apps photoApps are everywhere. They are on phones, tablets, and computers. They are beneficial objects to have. Some can download music. There are game apps and social media apps. Some apps are free and some apps cost a ton of money. There are some really cool perks from having apps, but there are consequences.

It is common knowledge that apps need to have access to certain aspects of phones. Apps like Skype or free-texting apps have access to people’s contacts, just like photo-editing apps have access to people’s photos.

But some apps have been peeking into places they don’t belong. Nike has access to people’s contacts.

Facebook asks for access to people’s audio and camera.

These seemingly harmless apps can access things on people’s phones, tablets, and laptops.

“That is amazing if apps could actually do that,” said Mary Barnett, 9. “The quality of the moral of the situation really depends on what side you’re on, whether you are the hacker or the victim.”

A few months ago there was a commotion about the app series called “Talking Tom & Friends.” Users speculated that the app was a front for pedophiles to track people’s phones who had the app.

According to USA Today, it was confirmed to be a false alarm and the app was taken off the app store, but the scare got people thinking. It is unknown what else these hackers can do to put our society’s children at risk.

Apps are great. They make life easier. People can pay bills and transfer money on banking apps like American Express. People can give kudos or give recognition to their friends and family on CyberProps.

“ I really like this app. It is a cool way to compliment people on a job well done without the awkwardness of face-to-face conversation,” said Makaela King, 9.

Hundreds and thousands of apps are just a few taps of a finger away, but maybe in the future people can think twice before they sign away their privacy.

 

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