Learning which apps are safe and which aren’t is easily done by turning to the world’s largest encyclopedia: Google. For example, to learn about the “I want to add your birthday” notice that was popping up on Facebook, I went to google.com and searched for “Facebook I want to add your birthday.” Thousands of search results were available, and that’s how I learned of the downside to this particular app.
I do this with virtually every program suggestion or story that people send me. Want to know if a certain website is safe, or if a company is legitimate? Google search the issue and see what turns up. Curious about if Bill Gates wants to give you money, or if Warren Buffet really wants you to forward an email about the Congressional Reform Act to 20 of your friends? Do a Google search and find out.
How about this: want to know what an “app” is? Ask someone you know (especially kids or “younger” people), “What is an ‘app?’ What does ‘app’ stand for?” Then, help them go to Google and look it up. Hint: type in “define app.”
Dave Moore has been performing computer consulting, repairs, security and networking in Oklahoma since 1984. He also teaches computer safety workshops for public and private organizations. He can be reached at 405-919-9901 or www.davemoorecomputers.com.