Watch Out For That App!

If  you are sitting at home enjoying evening conversations with a few of your closest friends, how upset would you be if a stranger simply unlocked your door, walked in and sat in simply to observe and document specific information gathered from such conversations? “It’s downright criminal,” you would exclaim! Aha! As new-age “techies”, who considers such a thing while using popular social media sites such as Facebook, and the outdated MySpace. Well my friend, this stranger was able to unlock your door and get in simply because you readily provided him with a key…a key you unknowingly created while reducing your security settings. In the world of social media, these “keys” are better known as widgets and apps.

Angry Birds

Angry Birds (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As people who thrive off of being entertained on a regular basis, we find ourselves accepting and downloading all kinds of applications from Facebook and different app stores, such as Fishville, or even the once popular Angry Birds, without hesitation or consideration. Wanting to challenge our friends, we allow such apps to interface with our Friend Lists. At this point we hand these apps keys into our privacy as well as our dear friends and families private worlds.

Can we really be upset at that stranger that invaded our comfort zones by walking in without “being invited”? I say “no”, because we technically did invite this stranger into our home, by giving him a key and the map of how to get there. You, say, “Map! I did not give this stranger a map to my home!” Oh, but you did. With this key, or this allowance of accessibility, you have granted this stranger all-access. Answering basic questions within your entertaining applications mapped out paths to your private world (home) allowing him to use the information obtained as he pleases. Therefore, my friend, the next time you download an app or widget, please be mindful of what it’s asking you to share.


3 thoughts on “Watch Out For That App!

    • Thanks, it took me a minute to figure out which way to approach it without being redundant and boring, but it finally came. There was a few more things I could have said, however, I did not want it to be too lengthy.

  1. I really like the analogy of the map and key. I believe, however, that this is more of a problem of the general stupidity of the human population in regards to technology. The internet is a very new piece of technology. Very few people know how it actually works, and even fewer know how to use it smartly. People will just have to learn that what you put online can be seen by anybody who wants to see it. Anyone who really wants to go steal credit card information, by scamming people through ebay or forum sites, can go figure out how to do it. I think that the most difficult concept, for people who don’t understand the internet, is the fact that there is another living, breathing person on the other side. And some of those people are willing to do things that will hurt you in order to benefit themselves. Just like we know when not to go down a sketchy street, we need to understand when we shouldn’t go onto a sketchy site or click a sketchy link.

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