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by Gerry Gebel for CSO Online
Modern technology is constantly making our lives easier. Our phones and the applications we use make it more convenient to work, play and listen. If you need door-to-door ground transportation, you can access a ridesharing app to immediately call for a ride. If you’re deciding what to wear to work, you can quickly pull up a weather app, so you don’t end up overdressed or underdressed. The examples of modern technologies simplifying our lives are endless.
The convenience of modern technology is changing the way humans live, work and play. It’s also introduced a new level of convenience and ease. A top of mind issue getting more attention these days is the fact that these apps often contain sensitive personal information. For example, many contain financial information that you don’t want compromised or shared inappropriately.
In addition, these apps often connect to other apps or websites and share your personal information or data about you. If you utilize one app, you may be unknowingly enabling access to other connected apps or services. In fact, according to this story, 70 percent of smartphone apps share your data with third-party services. And in some cases, it’s not entirely clear what data is being collected and shared. What we do see, however, is that app developers also prioritize convenience by using third-party code libraries. When is too much convenience a bad thing?