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Download apps, make cash! But is there a catch?

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - From computers to smartphones, we're constantly glued to our screens. There may be some ways you can use that time you spend on your phone, to get some cash back.

In your spare time you can earn money, just by downloading and using smartphone apps, like Receipt Hog. You take a picture of any receipt, earn coins, and eventually redeem for cash.

“There's one that Groupon does, it's called Snap,” said Ahmad Abuadas at iScreen Fix. "It's kind of the same idea as Receipt Hog, where you snap pictures of items that you've purchased and then they'll give you rebates back.”

Shopkick is an app that rewards you, the minute you walk into a store like Target or Best Buy. You can also collect “kicks,” for everything you scan and buy.

Ebates is a similar app. All you have to do is shop through the app; it even has coupons, and you get cash back.

CashPirate is a bit different, you get rewards for playing games.

These apps are all free in the Apple or Google Play store. So, the question many people ask is, when it comes to these apps, is there a catch?

"The biggest drawback is your privacy,” said Abuadas. “You're signing in, you're creating an account with these people, and they have your email address on file and now they have things like you're spending habits...so it's a bunch of data collection."

Sometimes that information can be given away without your knowledge. Many apps can also access your location or your storage so, make sure, when downloading apps, you read the fine print.

Computer experts also recommend you make a separate email address to use just for apps, and download them from a trusted source.

“As long as you're getting it from Apple or from Google, you're safe, there's not any concern in terms of your phone being infected or anything like that,” said Abuadas.

When using any app, if any email, text or ad pops up, computer experts say try to avoid clicking them. It's better to be safe than sorry.


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