Bluestacks was the first Android emulator to be available on the internet. It is the most popular emulator and is also free to use. Bluestacks has the ability to turn your Windows computer into an Android environment. It does this by simulating a complete Android phone on your computer. The emulator was first released in the year 2009 and ran on Android 2.3 Gingerbread but has come a far way from there.
It comes into use when an Android app is not available for Windows or Mac. The best example is the Snapchat messenger. Although there is an Android and iOS app for phones there is no official application to use Snapchat on a computer or Mac. You can now use Snapchat on your computer by using the Bluestacks app player.
Privacy is important to every user, thus while using Bluestacks, one should make sure that it is secure and is not contaminated in any way that might possibly harm you.
About BlueStacks App Player
Bluestacks has a large list of investors and it includes big names like Samsung, Intel, AMD, Qualcomm, and IGG. So you can be sure that you are getting the best security that is out there. And since the reputation of investors is also dependent on what they invest into, they take special care that no security breach ever arises. You can see the full list of investors here.
As for the security aspect, some users did report that their antivirus programs flagged Bluestacks app player. And showed a warning saying that it contains a trojan. However, this was a very old version. And while I was using it, Kaspersky did not show me any kind of warning even after scanning it. As far as malware is concerned, you can be sure that there isn’t any.
You might ask that if there is no malware then why does Bluestacks consume data in the background. The answer is in Bluestacks. Anonymous data statistics are automatically sent to their servers to improve Bluestacks. It does not contain any personal information. And if you still feel that it is not secure and is invading your privacy, you can turn this feature off in the settings.
There is one thing that might worry some users. Since many game makers have also sponsored Bluestacks. After the initial trial period, you are forced to download one sponsored app every day. You can either download a sponsored app or you can purchase the premium version of Bluestacks for 2$ per month. Although you might want to criticise Bluestacks for this, they have to do something to earn revenue to keep Bluestacks going.
Something You Should Remember
When you start Bluestacks for the first time, it asks you to sign into your Google account. This is a normal requirement to download apps from the Play Store or use any other Google services. Only sign into your Google account if you own the computer and are the only one using it. Should someone else start Bluestacks on your computer in your absence, they will have access to all your data stored on the Google servers. They will be able to read your email, see pictures stored on Google Drive and even make purchases from the Play Store.
It has been rated as safe on MyWot and you can read the reviews written by users over here. Rated 92 in trustworthiness and 91 in child safety, it is a very good score. It means that users trust Bluestacks with their data and privacy.
I have been using Bluestacks for the past one and a half year. And have never experienced any problems regarding security or privacy. Having to download sponsored apps may seem suspicious. But if you are a serious user then you should consider paying for the premium version rather than download a free app version all the time.
If you still have any doubt regarding your safety while using Bluestacks then, please feel free to ask them in the comments section below.