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How to know if the Android or the iOS application you are going to install is safe or not



If you own a smartphone like an Android phone or an iPhone you must be in the habit of downloading and installing applications quite frequently. It just takes one, or at the most a couple of taps to install a free or a paid application on your smart phone. But how do you know if the application that you are installing with so much excitement is safe or not? What if, in the garb of performing a harmless function, it is stealing confidential information from your device and transmitting it to someone else? What if the application carries a virus or installs a spyware on your smart phone?

This article on Forbes reviews a service called Zscaler Application Profiler (ZAP) you can use in order to make sure that the Android and iOS applications that you want to install are safe to use. Once you search for the app the service provides you with the following details:

  • Authentication: How the application sends usernames and passwords over the web: as plain text or as encrypted information?
  • Device Metadata Leakage: Does this application leak data that can reveal the identity of your device?
  • Personally identifiable information leakage: Does the application send your personal information such as your e-mail address, your phone numbers and your address to a third party service or company?
  • Expose content: Does the application track you and your whereabouts?

Here is a small video of how ZAP works: