Be Careful Of Third Party App Stores

With all of the different technologies out there right now this is a good time if you are a gadget junkie. There are a ton of different devices that you can use for a multitude of different things. If you are a person who likes to read books then you can use one of the many ereaders that are out on the market. These include devices such as the Kindle fire, the Nook, and many others. If you are a person who wants a comfortable computing environment then you can try one of the many tablets that are out on the market. These include several of the Google based tablets and of course the IPad. And if you are a person who is always on the go and you need to get stuff done, you can always use one of the many powerful smart phones that are available to you. These include of course, Windows Mobile, one of the many Android based phones and of course the ever popular IPhone.


The one thing that all of these devices have in common is that you are able to connect to some sort of online store and purchase digital items. And for a lot of these devices that ability is what makes them so popular. With the apps that you can purchase you can turn your device into something is customized the way that you like it. There are so many apps that you can choose from that no two people’s devices are going to have the exact same data on there. There are some people who devices are going to be filled with mostly games and there are other people who devices are going to be mostly filled with business apps. It all really depends on the type of person that you are.

Another great thing about these devices is that you do not always have to go to the official store to be able to get the apps that you want. Sometimes the online stores do not have the type of apps that you want and you have to go somewhere else. These other places are usually called alternative app stores or third party app stores. They will allow you to pick the apps that you like no matter what it is.

But you do have to worry about the type of third party app stores that you go to. While most of them are legitimate places to get apps, some of them are not and they can be dangerous. When it comes to some of the third party stores they will try to trick the end user and get them to install something dangerous on their device. This is done in many different ways.

First of all a lot of these stores will try to offer you a free version of apps of which you would have to pay for at regular app stores. You think that you are getting a bargain but in reality the app has been rid with all different types of malware. Some will take over your device right way but others will hide quietly causing mischief that you do not even know about. The bad guys are able to do the same damage on a lot of these devices that they would do on normal computers.

There are a lot of dangers that you can run across when it comes to illegal third party app stores. Just remember, that most of the third party app stores are fine. It is the illegal ones that you have to worry about.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.


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