Guidelines on privacy and security for mobile apps

By Nathan Christie, Communications Coordinator at Education Commons
March 15, 2023
Protecting your privacy and security when using mobile apps - Four quick tips to remember!

The University of Toronto’s Information Security group has issued helpful guidelines to protect our privacy and security when using social media and mobile apps.

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Access visual aids summarizing the guidelines’ tips

Education Commons has created an infographic outlining the four major tips detailed in the guidelines (shown below).

Infographic that outlines the four tips to protect privacy and security on mobile tips, adapted from the article by University of Toronto Information Security.


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Protecting your privacy and security when using mobile apps

Four quick tips to remember
  1. Do a quick search - Before downloading a new app, check if there are any known privacy and security concerns associated with it.
  2. Pause before granting permission - Be cautious about what permissions you are giving to the app and determine what data should not be disclosed when you sign up.
  3. Review the terms & conditions - Read the applications’ privacy policies and terms and conditions to be aware of their data-collection and sharing policies.
  4. Consider the source - Download apps from trusted sources like Apple App Store or Google Play to limit the risk of spyware and other vulnerabilities which may lead to cybersecurity attacks.

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Other ways to access this infographic

This infographic is available in other versions, based on your preferred use:

Download a version of this infographic with a hyperlink to the full guidelines

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Download a version of this infographic with a QR code to the full guidelines

These versions are more ideal if you would like to print this infographic out. Please feel free to post this on your wall, in a common room or any accessible space where a person may find the tips useful!


Where to find the full guidelines

Please visit the Information Security's webpage: Guidelines on privacy and security for mobile apps.

The guidelines may also be found by visiting the Information Security homepage – see screenshot of the homepage below for reference as to where the guidelines are located.

Information Security homepage, highlighting where the guidelines on privacy and security for mobile apps can be found.
Information Security's homepage can be visited at


More useful resources about cybersecurity from Education Commons

It’s always a good time to shore up your knowledge in keeping your digital info & identity secure! Here are some more resources you may find useful:

  • Read these related articles on cybersecurity from the Discovery Newsletter at Education Commons:
    • Cyber Security at OISE – Education Commons makes OISE's digital security a top priority, from device management to application development, here are a few of the ways we maintain your cyber security every day.
    • Cybersecurity is in your hands – tips from Education Commons – We all have a part to play in cyber security. Help us keep your data safe online by familiarizing yourself with cyber security best practices and steps you can take to protect yourself while working online.
    • Learn to Spot a Phishing Email – An infographic detailing how you can identify and protect yourself from phishing scams intended after your passwords, financial information, identity & money.
  • Learn more about how to protect your data, privacy, and security online through U of T's information security awareness & education initiative.
  • Please feel free to contact Education Commons with any questions about your OISE device security.
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