What Are Third Party Applications

Third party applications access information which does not belong to them i.e. these applications are written to work within the operating system and are written by the organizations or companies other than the provider of the operating system. Third party applications also help to provide the user with more ways to use his or her professional network through a social networking site.

The application software’s are also the third party applications which are installed by the user or come pre- installed with the operating system (e.g. Windows, Linux, Apple etc…) and these applications not provided or authored by the owner of Operating System but are authored by some third party (may be any company or organization). This means that any program authored by a different company or may be any individual or organization is a third party application. The First party is the platform on which the third party program is running i.e. the operating system and the second party is the user itself.

In case of social networking sites, the restrictions are kept in mind by the Platform Developer Terms of Service which restrict how these third party applications can access this information, and applications should be obligated to respect privacy settings of the user who is using these applications. These types of applications can be standalone programs or they can be small plugins that provides some additional features or functions to the existing programs. A standalone third party application includes a number of programs. These applications are included in numbers by the browsers like Google Chrome, Safari, and Firefox etc…

These are helpful to the operating system also which includes third party applications for a number of purposes i.e. for security purposes, for multimedia purposes or for Web Browsing or chatting and many more. One of the most common or famous example of third party applications is the Antivirus software, which helps in securing the operating system from the unauthorized users and helps in maintaining the confidentiality, Integrity and availability which are the three pillars of security. The vulnerabilities (i.e. the loop holes) are secured from the hackers by using these applications.

These applications can be open source (i.e. free of cost and provides source code) or can be paid one’s (i.e. user needs to purchase these applications by paying some amount to the company).

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