Apps to save summer cash
But what are you giving up to save a little money?
WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - More people are traveling this summer now that Covid restrictions have relaxed, but those travels will be a little pricier this year. We took a look at some free apps that may help save a little money on your travel...but found out that they’re not all exactly “free.”
Cheap flights, cheap hotels, cheap gas. All things that have become oxymorons at this point. There are deals out there that can make them cheaper though, and there are some smartphone apps that can help with that. In fact, there are a lot. The questions is whether they are legit. There are too many to look at them all, but we did research some for deals on fuel and another for flights. There is always concern that an unknown app may have hidden language in its user agreement that may put your personal information at risk. Specifically, that’s what we looked at.
There’s no question that many apps will ask for personal data. Your name, location, email address. Sometimes even your bank account info, but what does the company do with that information? Unfortunately, users need to review an app’s lengthy user agreement, according to Denise Groene with the Better Business Bureau.
Groene says user agreements will contain a section that explicitly lists what information the app will record and what it will do with that information.
Groene also says, you may not have to opt in for much of anything if you so choose.
“Log in as a guest, so therefore you’re not sharing any of your information,” she said.
Most apps will let you pick when or if they can track you. What data you share can often be chosen in the app’s settings. Just remember, it’s a give and take between you and the app maker. You give them data, which they may sell or share and they help you locate or utilize deals. It’s a relationship that exists with pretty much any app, especially if it’s free to use.
One final note: Denise Groene suggests using a different email when signing up for things like cost saving apps. It’ll cut down on spam in your actual email folder.
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