Things are changing. We can now install applications on our phones and tablets with a click or tap, using bank details often saved to your device.
The way we test apps is getting more and more complicated. Apps that can really help with improving your work and home life often have to be paid ones. This makes it hard to find the right apps that will serve you well in your daily life.
People at work often have their own personal devices, so they can experiment with different products and services until they find one that fits their needs and requirements best, before paying for it. This makes testing apps through trial and error a pain while putting yourself at risk, but testing them by yourself can be a risk-free experience by following these 3 tips.
Free trial apps
Free trials are tempting, and they can be hard to resist. But, before clicking on that button, you need to know what you’re getting into.
A free trial is a tactic for enticing users to sign up for a service by offering them the first period of usage for free, without requiring payment information. It’s an excellent way to introduce new customers to a product or service so they can evaluate it before committing to paying monthly. However, there are some risks associated with these trials that you need to be aware of before signing up.
2 Important reasons why we need to be careful of free trial apps.
1) You may not be able to cancel your account correctly: Although most companies offer an easy way to cancel your account when you’re done with your trial period, not all do, and it’s not always clear from the beginning how to cancel your subscription especially if the app is not worth it.
2) They don’t show any form of consent – as soon as you install them, they start hoovering up all your data. They could contain sophisticated malware that looks legitimate but you are actually having your data stolen. This can be very concerning when you have used your payment details.
By researching the app/software
Researching an app is an important step as to whether it is safe and worth it to start the free trial. Often if the app is popular enough people will have left reviews, however, be cautious trusting these as they aren’t validated and could be made by the app developers or people in the pay of them giving false reviews to try to get more downloads.
Furthermore, you can search the app online and see any articles or opinions on it and see if any trustworthy sources have any information on the safety of the app and if the content is up to standard. Take all this with a pinch of salt as the company behind the app may sponsor some reviews or write them themselves.
Luckily the app industry has seen the emergence of an ever-growing demand for customer service and support. With this, it has become necessary to research the inevitable features which will become standard in all apps.
Using a credit card generator for apps requiring credit card info to try
Some apps trials require you to input credit card info to proceed with the trial. If you don’t want to put your bank details at risk but still need to test an app, you can use credit card number generators. These work by generating a credit card number using Luhn’s algorithm that follows all the rules a real credit card validator follows meaning you can use it to sign up to a free trial risk-free!
These credit cards are not linked to any credit account meaning they cannot make any transactions and can’t be used for any purchases. These make them perfect to test free trials as if the app has any malware and attempts to take your payment details they have not been risked at all. Furthermore, you can freely test if the app is good enough for you and if you would like to actually pay for its services after the free trial.
That being said, do keep in mind that not all app trials accept generated credit card numbers that are not linked to any bank accounts, as these companies also want to protect themselves from fraudsters who use these generators illegally. You can, instead, try using virtual credit card providers that are made to be used for online purchases, and meant to protect your personal bank details.
Turning on anti-virus to make sure the app is not malware
There is so much anti-virus software available that can protect your device it can be a challenge trying to find the best deal for you. Make sure you also perform research before choosing which anti-virus software is best for your device.
Why you should be careful with anti-virus software. It is not a question of security. Anti-virus software can run on any device whether it is a Windows or Mac os and it is highly intrusive. Its main aim is to prevent viruses from being launched into the system by blocking the installation of Trojan horses, adware, etc that could be brought to your device by a dodgy free trial app.
As you can see, to securely test free trial apps, a lot of effort and research is necessary to find out if it will put our bank details at risk. Also, having anti-virus software to protect your device from malware is an added security.