Why You Should Cut Back on App Downloads
There’s so many great phone apps to choose from. No matter what you are interested in, there’s an app for it. There are business apps, selling apps, crypto currency apps, investing, gaming, weight loss, dating, art and photography, star gazing, puzzles, budgeting, planning, vacation, sports training such as baseball, basketball, and swimming. There are apps for positive thoughts, for meditation, for learning yoga, for improving your golf game, for changing your negative thought patterns; there are journaling apps, gardening apps, and there is even an app for bee keeping. There are literally thousands of iPhone and Android apps for your smart phone. So why not download as many as interest you?
Phone applications are usually vetted for viruses, security, usability and legitimacy. Apple has always been known to be very careful about which apps they allow to be sold from the App Store. High standards were always set to keep customers from getting viruses or form having their data compromised. This is important, because those standards have been loosened to some extent over the years. In an effort to keep up with the variety of apps offered by Android on Google Play Apple has allowed more apps to be added without fully checking them for security and privacy standards. This is upsetting to millions of iPhone users because it creates more problems for them when using their iPhone. Users now have to vet the apps the want to download to ensure the privacy and safety of their phone’s operating system. While Android always left this task to their users, Apple did not, which made Apple more appealing and worth the higher price point.
If you have a non-jailbroken smartphone, you really need to be selective with the apps you download. You also need to be careful about applications that add a subscription plan without clearly stating so. Many apps now add a line to the very fine print saying that after a trial period they will start charging you a monthly fee via the App Store (where you are required to add a credit or debit card to access and use). Many people are shocked to discover a high charge on their card from the App Store for an app they thought they were using the free version of. Many people have complained that they were charged for apps that they deleted from their phone because the app was crashing constantly or didn’t work as advertised. Many apps are also gathering your personal information and selling it to third parties. This is how many data brokers get details about you like height, weight, food preferences, and many other details that are added to your file.
Many iPhone apps are also using your cellular data while you or off WIFI. In many cases, this setting is automatic and you do not even know they are essentially sucking up your personal information. If you have unlimited, then you don’t have a problem, if however, you have a share plan and a set amount of data per month, then you might want to turn off cellular for any apps you don’t vitally need when you’re using your phone provider’s network.
To make sure you are not being charged for subscriptions you never meant to sign-up for you have to check your current subscriptions and cancel those you do not want. If you want to cancel, make sure you do it at least 24 hours before the renewal day or you might get another monthly charge. Here how to see a list of iPhone or iPad subscriptions and cancel them if you want to:
- In Settings, tap “iTunes & App Store.”
- Tap your Apple ID.
- Tap “View Apple ID.”
- Tap Subscriptions at the bottom of the screen.
- You will see a list of active subscriptions.
- Tap Cancel Subscription on the app you want to cancel.
- Confirm the cancellation.
The subscription will stop at the end of the current billing cycle, which means you can use the app’s subscription features until the renewal date.
If you are having problems with your personal information being sold or appearing online, you might want to contact a personal internet removal service who can remove your name from internet. They have the experience and expertise on how to remove your information from the internet.