If you're one of the billions of people around the world downloading apps to your iOS or Android devices, you probably don't know when apps are tracking your geographic location. And you probably don't know when those apps are selling your personal information to third parties, like other companies that'll bog you down with ads or phone calls.
As it turns out, that's happening a lot more often than you probably think. In fact, out of the 100 most popular apps, dozens of them are sharing your information, according to a new study by Northeastern University.
A professor in the university's computer sciences department also found that's not easy to figure out which apps are sharing your personal information. So, they created ReCon.
ReCon is app that keeps tabs on what your other apps are up to. If you're worried about your security and privacy, ReCon was created with you in mind.
This app doesn't need to know your personal information to know that your personal information is being shared with others. It tracks your user ID, and tracks geolocation leaks, status changes in your personal information and unsafe word transmissions.