There are apps that drain your battery, apps that take up storage data, and apps that do neither and are a joy to use and have on your iPhone.
But on the opposite end of the spectrum from wonderful apps and apps that are simply a nuisance and drag on batteries, you’ll find questionable iPhone apps that could be invading your personal space and privacy.
Here are six apps that no one should have on their iPhones anymore, according to a security expert.
Generally speaking, iOS is much better at protecting users’ security than Android — but that isn’t always the case. A seemingly innocent app like the Flashlight App is unnecessarily attempting to gather more info about you than it needs, according to PureVPN.
“You’d mostly find these apps asking for unnecessary permissions such as access to your phone book, storage or location.
These apps don’t need such permissions since their job is to enable flash whenever the user wants. The only reason why these permissions are still asking is that they siphon the users’ personal data and use it for nefarious purposes.”
According to Business Today, WhatsApp Messenger isn’t exactly safe. In addition to being the recipient of Malware threats, the message service has been the target of hackers altering photos and fake and fraudulent news.
What started as an innocent way to pass time has become one of the worst known apps for security and privacy.
“We’ve been reminded time and after time that nothing comes for free, especially on the Internet,” reports PureVPN. “If it is free, then it must be using you to make revenue. The same mechanism holds true for free mobile games such as Angry Birds. One of the most popular mobile games ever, Angry Birds faced severe backlash from prominent media publications as well as users for collecting and leaking their personal data.”
Convenient when you want food delivered to your doorstep, sure, but DoorDash has been busted for breaching users’ security by using their personal info and preferences to target food-related advertisers their way.
Facebook Messenger is not end-to-end encrypted — and what that means is that only two participants engaged in a FB message can see their content. But the government is seeking to break this in order to gain access to what it considers to be criminal message exchanges. If this happens, it will also mean that your messages are less secure.
The Facebook app has so much information about you — your relationships, interests, likes, you name it. And, naturally, any app that knows that much about you should be regarded with a healthy amount of skepticism at all times.