Test your app-titude: Would you download these 5 apps?

Consumer Reports News: May 02, 2013 11:08 AM

It pays to be careful about which apps you download to your smart phone. More than 5 million smart phone users experienced symptoms of malicious software on their phones in the past year, our latest survey projects. Even a nonmalicious app can be intrusive, asking for permissions to perform various actions, such as access your contact list or location, that may not be essential.

How much information are you willing to share with an app? And how good are you at spotting an app that asks for more privileges than it actually needs? Try our our interactive quiz: "Would you download this app?" in our new report.

See more of our survey findings along with our infographic, "How well do you protect your information?" in "Keep your phone safe: How to protect yourself from wireless threats." And for more tips on keeping safe and staying private online, visit our Guide to Internet Security.

Jeffrey Fox

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