What’s that app doing?!

Conversation | Molk | 4th September 2020

It can be difficult to keep up with the latest app that everyone is talking about. Is it safe? Is it spying on me when I’m using it (and when I’m not)?

For parents and young people concerned about what apps do what – and believe me, lots of them are doing a lot more than you think when you use them – it’s near impossible to keep up or even understand most technical bulletins explaining how they work.

The office of the eSafety Commissioner has an excellent guide on their website that in clear and simple language explains what the app is, what it is used for, and what it’s doing in the background (including the stuff it asked permission for and the stuff it didn’t). This handy guide can really help take the guess work and fear out of the buzz you might hear online, or give you good reason to pause and ponder before installing that app everyone else is raving about.

You might be surprised what’s really going on.

The guide also provides tips on how to secure the app so your personal information is safe, and even how to close down your account for that app because some make it very difficult. It’s a great resource to have in your arsenal before you dive in and give away more than you wanted.

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Molk is the Senior Field Officer (North), and responsible for young adult ministry as a part of the PULSE team.