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Money-making apps can put extra cash in your pockets |

Sell something in seconds. This week’s Bargain Thursdays takes a closer look at Facebook Garage Sales: the good, the bad, and the dangerous. Are the deals worth the risk? Most buyers and sellers we talk to say “Yes!” Michelle Stanton can make money in minutes. HerChocolate Fountain and Popcorn popper were sold in less than 4 minutes after she posted the pictures. She could have the money in an hour. Stanton is part of a growing army of Online Sale junkies. People buy and sell everything from cars to concrete using localized Facebook groups.
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“We are definitely seeing more and more apps that at least say that they’ll make you money if you use them,” said Jennifer Jolly, a tech expert. But apps could be cashing in your privacy. Buried deep in the fine print, some admit they find your precise GPS location, prevent a device from sleeping, send SMS messages, modify or delete contents of your USB storage, download files without notification, take pictures and video, and even record audio. “Yes, they need to monetize you and ensure that you’re located where you say that you are, but they’re collecting way too much information,” said Gary Miliefsky, a cybersecurity expert. Experts say if you’re going to use a money-making app, you should review its privacy policy and what information the app accesses. Also, see where the app company is located and don’t download any app that pops up as a link in a text message. “For the most part, these apps are fairly safe. If you download them from the iTunes store or Google Play store, you have a few more built in security measures,” Jolly said.
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