Android permissions explained, security tips, and avoiding malware


  1. nycebo

    nycebo Well-Known Member

    Awesome. Thanks.
  2. alostpacket

    alostpacket Over Macho Grande? VIP Member

    You're welcome.
  3. mez

    mez Well-Known Member

    ++ sticky.

    i just got had, ive reset my phone, and reinstalled only a handfull og my apps. im sticking to the stock ones where i can now.
  4. alostpacket

    alostpacket Over Macho Grande? VIP Member

    I still need to add some info on IMEI this weekend but thanks for the bumps. :)
  5. cdma

    cdma Active Member

    Morning Bump - Great write-up
  6. alostpacket

    alostpacket Over Macho Grande? VIP Member

    Thanks for the bumps.

    Just completed the latest edit adding in info about 2 more permissions including the phone state/IMEI one. Also added the [​IMG]
  7. alostpacket

    alostpacket Over Macho Grande? VIP Member

    Added section on Public Wi-Fi
  8. alostpacket

    alostpacket Over Macho Grande? VIP Member

    Question, do people want a section on Google Checkout or stolen phone security?



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  9. nycebo

    nycebo Well-Known Member

    I think that Stolen phone security would be brilliant. Indeed, I am already using a solution but don't want to distract from the core of the thread by making this a one version vs another version discussion. Thanks again.
  10. alostpacket

    alostpacket Over Macho Grande? VIP Member

    Ok cool. I need to do a little bit of research and test some apps. I think in the mean time I might add something quick about google checkout.
  11. alostpacket

    alostpacket Over Macho Grande? VIP Member

    A little birdie told me today was bump day.

    (Also I got some clarification on 3 of the permissions I was unsure about and the descriptions were correct as I had them so removed the clarification needed notice on 3 of them. Still one that needs clarification though.)
  12. nycebo

    nycebo Well-Known Member

    I don't understand why this isn't already stickied as a FAQ. Solid work, bud.
  13. KlaymenDK

    KlaymenDK Well-Known Member

    I concur. Stickied! :)
    JOE49 likes this.
  14. alostpacket

    alostpacket Over Macho Grande? VIP Member

    heh thanks guys, I'll do my best to keep it update if I learn anything new also :)
  15. governmentslave

    governmentslave New Member

    This is a very informative thread. I knew I had some questions about the general security of the phone, OS and marketplace, and you covered pretty much all of the ones I was wondering about. Thanks for putting the time into this for us not-so-experienced users! :)
  16. gadzooks

    gadzooks Well-Known Member

    As I understand things, Network & Location permissions are used by some apps for ads & ad-targeting (show me ads for things near me).

    In & of itself, from a security perspective, this is mostly benign, to me.

    Following ad links... well... goto exercise usual caution.
  17. alostpacket

    alostpacket Over Macho Grande? VIP Member


    Thanks, i went to add this info but the edit buttons are gone lol :confused: Gonna contacts the admins and see what I can do to help edit the guide still.
  18. gadzooks

    gadzooks Well-Known Member

    Thank you for this very helpful, well-done writeup. We may be stuck, who knew... :)
  19. KlaymenDK

    KlaymenDK Well-Known Member

    I stickied this, I didn't intend to lock you out of your own post! (I wonder if that's how it's supposed to work, of if I did something wrong.)

    I've unstickied the thread (for the time being), see if you can edit now.
  20. alostpacket

    alostpacket Over Macho Grande? VIP Member


    Haha no worries, I actually talked to Phases in IRC and he said that was some temporary thing and edit buttons should be back soon.

    Thanks though.
  21. JRSIV

    JRSIV Member

    This is why I joined the forum! Info like this is invaluable for newcomers to Android phones...An excellent, common sense guide that every Android uder should read. Thanks!
  22. alostpacket

    alostpacket Over Macho Grande? VIP Member

    Thanks JRSIV!


    Updated it today with a disclosure that I am now a developer of applications on the Market too.
  23. adamajah

    adamajah Well-Known Member

    Thanks, alostpacket.

    I've been looking for this kind of info ever since I started downloading apps, and seeing all the permissions required.

    What sucks is, almost all apps (and I only DL highly rated ones) require tons of sensitive permissions... so it seems risky to DL pretty much any app other than first party ones. :(

    Hopefully as awareness increases, competition will grow, and you will be able to find decently coded apps that don't require lots of permissions. Right now our hands are tied... if you want a good app, you have to put up with it snooping through your data. There is no alternative. :\
  24. lilfreek

    lilfreek New Member

    Are you able to select or change permissions when downloading apps like with other phones. And that was some real good info. Thanks.
  25. Rev. Po-Jay

    Rev. Po-Jay Well-Known Member

    Thank you for the information. As a newb to Android (ex BB user), I really appreciate it.

    I really love how the explaination of "Open Source" is in itself Open Source!
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