Applications have effectively taken over our digital experience. Arbitrary lists of the “best” applications for Web or smartphones can be found across the Web for every conceivable interest—from running to gardening to parenting. In addition to their benefits, however, these apps (or our dependence on them) can also have definite consequences. One man says he impregnated his wife after he lost his iPod, which held an app that helped him keep track of her cycle. Another app, the Ugly Meter, has been reproached for providing easy fodder for cyberbullies. But as Facebook recently discovered when a security leak was exposed that allowed third party applications to leak users’ personal information, apps add an extra level of consideration to online security and privacy. No one can deny that apps can be fun and useful, but it’s important to weigh the pros and cons of any new technology before jumping on board—even an identity protection app.