Hello! I am new to the forums, but just now read : http://androidforums.com/android-ap...explained-security-tips-avoiding-malware.html & some of the stickies. My main issue is that I want to use some applications, but it seems that everything (including the bloatware stock apps like Facebook, Gmail, Youtube), wants to take, read, use my personal data, phone calls or other private information. I'm sure this issue has already been beaten to death, but I had a hard time finding posts about it. Is there any way to make one's android phone more private? I know that reading and declining applications that seek permissions they don't need is one way, but I'd venture to say that eliminates almost all of the free applications, and even a massive amount of the paid (I just looked at several paid applications I might want, yet they all think it's fair to read my phone logs and personal data). My Samsung Galaxy SII is an awesome piece of technology, but I want it to be my tool, not a tool of others used to spy on me, or otherwise take advantage of me or my contacts. TLDR; I love my android phone but want more privacy. Is there any way to easily find legit applications which don't need excessive permissions? Is there any way to eliminate stock applications which constantly feed on my data? (I'm guessing rooting). Thanks!