An Introduction to the Tutu App and its Security Aspects
Tutu App: What’s it?
The Tutu App, which lets you download and install premium games and apps for free, has become immensely popular today, in Android as well as in iOS. At the same time, there are many users who debate whether Tutu App is safe or not. Let’s discuss that here, after the usual intro…
Tutu App is an alternative app store, which is free and works on both Android and iOS. Basically developed as a Chinese app store for users in China, the Tutu App used to come in only the Chinese language till recently. Now that it has gained popularity all over the world, an English language version too has been released.
Why Tutu App is so popular…
Many users are always on the lookout for alternative app stores since official app stores do not let you install all apps. It’s thus that alternative app stores like the Tutu App come into the picture. But then, there are certain things that have contributed to the popularity that this alternative app store enjoys among users worldwide.
Tutu App is free, and it provides users with the hacked versions of many popular games. It is reportedly the first and only app store that provides a modded or hacked version of the Pokémon Go game. A notable feature of the Tutu App is that you can use it effortlessly across different platforms and on smartphones as well as the PC. The interface is simple to use and functionalities easy. The navigation is totally uncomplicated.
One of the best things about the Tutu App, from the user’s perspective, is that it lets the user download any number of premium apps for free. Similarly, there is no need for the user to root his Android phone or jailbreak his iPhone. The Tutu App also comes with some additional tools that help users handle their smartphones better.
Installing the Tutu App is also easy. On the Android device, it can be downloaded by turning on “Allow installation of apps from unknown sources” under “Security” on the settings menu (it might even be on a different location depending on the device/software version) and then downloading the app in apk format from the Tutu App website [http://www.tutuapp.vip/index.php?r=overseaTutu/ovAnIndex]. On the iPhone, TutuApp iOS it can be downloaded from the Safari browser and then installed.
How safe is the Tutu App?
Well, we have always been saying that nothing is totally safe on the internet. Any communication that happens on the internet can be hacked and any application that one downloads and installs can bring malware with it. Moreover, HackerCombat has always been advising users to stick on to the official app stores as much as possible. This is because the official app stores are believed to put all their apps through strict controls to appraise security; and security, as we always say, should be top priority for any user.
Is TutuApp Safe?
Well, coming to the safety aspect of the Tutu App, experts point out that there has been no news, to date, about any virus or malware issue with this app store. Similarly installing the Tutu App doesn’t involve downloading any unwanted applications or any advert invasion that may hinder the user’s browsing experience or impact his device in an adverse manner. Meanwhile, it’s to be noted that the Tutu App states, in its terms and conditions of use, that all information that’s sent by the user to his server (including communications in chat, messaging rooms, forums etc) can be tracked and stored.
Many experts point out that the Tutu App requests strange permissions, including the ability to track & make calls, read/send SMS etc. Moreover, upon installation, it asks the user for permission to access information related to Wi-Fi networks, file system on the SD card, the device location functions etc. (Those on Android Marshmallow and above can deny some of the permissions!) Yet, to date, there have been no reports of any issue that has happened as regards the Tutu App. The developers of the TutuApp assure that they make all-out efforts to protect the private information of their users and to prevent any unauthorized access or use. Yet, they warn users against factors that are beyond their control.
Yes, to conclude, we’d also wish to state that on the internet no one can guarantee you 100 percent security. So, it’s always up to the user to decide whether to use a particular application or not. This applies to the Tutu App as well.
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Julia Sowells has been a technology and security professional. For a decade of experience in technology, she has worked on dozens of large-scale enterprise security projects, and even writing technical articles and has worked as a technical editor for Rural Press Magazine. She now lives and works in New York, where she maintains her own consulting firm with her role as security consultant while continuing to write for Hacker Combat in her limited spare time.