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Making money using your phone

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How would you like to make extra money each month just for using your smart phone and electronic devices? Companies want to pay you for allowing them to watch your browsing habits.

How does it work? How much can you make?

Just ask Pete Amend. He installed an app that runs in the background on his phone, laptop and tablet and collects info about the sites Pete visits. He gets $5 per device, adding up to $15 dollars per month.

“It is great having the extra money for just letting an app run, you know, checking my browsing history,” said Amend.

We found a number of apps that track what you surf. Some allow you to enter for prizes or some will give you cash, like the one that Pete uses, SavvyConnect.

“We turn it into things that our clients can actually analyze such as the actual apps used, the websites visited, the videos watched,” said Sean Miller, VP of Online Operations at Luth Research, which makes the SavvyConnect App.

The apps we talked to say info they collect helps companies identify trends, improve their products and even helps to spark new ideas. All the apps we talked to say that users’ data is guarded by top notch security systems, and that users remain anonymous.

“The data is delivered to our clients tied to a unique member id, not the actual individual. So, our clients will know that a male aged 35 in Ohio used the YouTube app, but they don’t necessarily know who the person is,” said Miller.

Thomas Fischer, global security advocate at Digital Guardian, says make sure you read an app’s terms of service and privacy policies before you trade your info for cash. And find out: “What data are you collecting? What are you going to do with the data? Who are you giving the data to? Who uses it or who are you selling it to?”

Pete says he feels comfortable using the app and says, “It’s an enjoyable way to make money and I’m glad I’m helping their research.”

Some companies also pay people extra money from $15 to $75 for answering surveys, participating in studies and watching ads.

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With more than 20 years of television experience, Gary has established himself as a leader in the industry when it comes to assisting viewers and resolving their consumer-related issues. His passion and enthusiasm have helped him earn an Emmy for Best Consumer Reporter from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He’s also garnered several Emmy nominations

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Gary is from Chicago, but launched his television career in Lubbock, Texas, after earning a broadcast journalism degree from Texas Tech University. Following his graduation, he was quickly hired by KLBK-TV in Lubbock, where he enterprised and broke numerous exclusive reports. His aggressive reporting in Texas helped garner him Best Reporter by the Associated Press.

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