Free Apps That Can Earn You More Cash

 Four  Free Apps That Can Earn You Extra Cash

1. What They Do With Your Data: Find out what kind of data is collected, how that data is used, how long the company retains it and whom the company shares it with, Mr. Bischoff said. “Giving up your privacy to a data-collection company should not be done lightly,” he warned. “Both iOS and Android alert users when an app asks for a new permission.” That might be permission to access your location, photos or contacts, for example. “Think about whether that permission is really necessary for the app to work or if it’s just using that permission to mine more personal data,” he said.

Free Apps That Can Earn You More Cash
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2. How They Make Money: “From a consumer’s standpoint, it’s important to understand what the monetization model is for the company that makes these apps,” added Kowsik Guruswamy, chief technology officer at Menlo Security. “That alone can be very revealing in how the companies plan to use their data.” For example, an app might make money through sponsorships with the brands it partners with or it might offer customers paid upgrades. However, it’s also likely it makes money selling your data to advertisers or other third parties, which is why it’s important to note what kind of data it tracks and how it uses it.

3. What Other Users Have to Say: Beyond reading the fine print, you can also research the app’s reputation via online reviews. Pay special attention to reviews that address privacy issues. “While many apps offer legitimate means to make money — taking surveys, snapping photos of local businesses, lock screen ads and reviewing products — be wary of apps that seem too good to be true,” Mr. Bischoff said. “Sometimes an app combines a legitimate cash-for-task model with background data collection, so watch out for that, too.”

4. Moneymaking Apps That Make the Grade

We looked at dozens of apps that promise to help you make money from the comfort of your smartphone, and most of them aren’t worth your time. Some, however, do what they promise, even if the trade-off is a good bit of your personal data.


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