Cybersecurity experts weigh in on how to determine whether an app is safe to use | Pennsylvania News
People on social media are turning their faces into cartoons thanks to an app called NewProfilePic. As soon as the images were uploaded, so were the rumors that there were links with Russia trying to steal your information. These rumors have been denied, but a bigger question remains: what is a secure application?
“These apps always say they’re free, if there’s something I’m telling people, nothing is free, they’re doing it, people are doing it for a reason because the information is very powerful,” said Eric Robuck, director General of Valander Cyber Security.
Many applications often ask for information. While it may not be tied to Russian hackers, it could get into the wrong hands.
“If I can put in a free app and get information from 3 million people, I just win a big win,” Robuck said.
So how do you determine which apps are safe?
“Apple usually does a good job of only allowing trusted apps to be in the store. You don’t want to try to install apps that haven’t gone through these tests,” said Scott Urofsky, chief technical officer of systems solutions.
The two cyber experts say they never give out personal information in an app, and that happens with social media in general.
“If I’m going to get into someone’s information, people are putting everything about themselves on Facebook and Twitter and everywhere else you can put it,” Robuck said.
Therefore, to help keep your information private on the Internet, less is more. The less information you put in voluntarily, the more protected you will be.
“We live in a world where information is dangerous. Keep it close, don’t give it to everyone,” Robuck said.