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A mobile app is a software program you can download and access directly using your phone or another mobile device, like a tablet or music player.

Some apps are distributed for free through app stores the developers make money in the following ways :

  • Some sell advertising space within the app. The app developers can earn money from the ads, so they distribute the app for free to reach as many users as possible.

  • Some apps offer their basic versions for free. Their developers hope you’ll like the app enough to upgrade to a paid version with more features.

  • Some apps allow you to buy more features within the app itself. Usually, you are billed for these in-app purchases through the app store. Many devices have settings that allow you to block in-app purchases.

  • Some apps are offered free to interest you in a company’s other products. These apps are a form of advertising.

Types of data that an app can access:

When you sign up with an app store or download individual apps, you may be asked for permission to let them access information on your device. Some apps may be able to access :

  • Your phone and email contacts

  • Call logs

  • Internet data

  • Calendar data

  • Data about the device’s location

  • The device’s unique IDs

  • Information about how you use the app itself

Some apps access only the data they need to function; others access data that’s not related to the purpose of the app.

If you’re providing information when you’re using the device, someone may be collecting it – whether it’s the app developer, the app store, an advertiser, or an ad network. And if they’re collecting your data, they may share it with other companies.

Some hackers have created apps that can infect phones and mobile devices with malware. If your phone sends email or text messages that you didn’t write, or installs apps that you didn’t download, you could be looking at signs of malware.