Are you worried about what the apps on your mobile device are up to? You probably should be.
Whilst the vast majority of apps are genuinely useful and have no malicious intent there are always exceptions — some can simply drain your battery whilst others may share more information than you would like them to.
Thats where Bitdefender’s Clueful app comes in.
The Clueful app has been around for a while now, first appearing in the Apple App Store last year before being pulled in the July for reasons unknown. Since then it has been rebranded as a webapp for iPhone. Now, however, it is available for Android users too.
The Android version of Clueful is currently in beta and can be found on Google Play. In its current format it is free to use, 1.5 megs in size and requires Android 2.2 or higher in order to function.
Once installed Clueful will analyse the other apps that you have installed on your device and will then report back some pertinent information such as whether they use excessive amounts of battery power, how they store data and the general level of privacy they afford you. For instance, Clueful will report which apps track your location – and you’d be surprised how many do for no good reason – as well as which ones can access your social media accounts. It will even report on which ad networks if any that your apps use.
You’ll also receive a privacy rating for each of your installed apps. You can then use this to make an informed decision as to whether you think any given app is safe to use or not.
Now you may be thinking that getting a privacy report on an app’s behaviour after it has been installed is a bit like closing the barn door after the horse has bolted and you’d be right. But what Clueful for Android does is pause the installation of new apps so that it can rate them before they are fully installed onto your new device. Once you know what the app can do you can then choose to complete the installation or abort.
Personally I think the issue of privacy is more of a concern than malware where mobile devices is concerned, at least for the time being, and so I recommend that you check Clueful out for yourself. You may be surprised to see what your installed apps are up to.