Before downloading, installing, or using an application, take a moment to review the “About the Developer” section. This will help the user get an idea about other apps that the specific developer has previously published. If available, visit the developer’s website and assess its content for things like history, professional appearance, and so on.
Apps that purport to allow access to military or government sites should only be installed if they are official apps sponsored by the military or other government agency.
Peruse the user ratings and reviews to try to get a sense from previous customers as to the veracity of the application’s claim. No app is completely perfect from the perspective of all users, but complaints about security concerns should quickly stand out from other relatively benign issues.
If the user is still not sure and ends up downloading an app, the user should inspect the device’s application-permissions screen to determine what other applications or information will be accessed by the app. A video game, for example, is unlikely to have a legitimate need to access phone contacts.
For more information about computer security and other computer-related scams visit www.cid.army.mil/cciu_2can.html to review previous cyber crime alert notices and cyber crime prevention flyers.