Twidroid Question...

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by hardtorn, Nov 20, 2009.

  1. hardtorn

    hardtorn Member
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    Ok.. I'm new to Android... I do use twitter a lot during the day...
    I have only had my Moto droid a few days...
    I did download "twidroid" after reading reviews of it.
    So.. When I install the App. it tells me that the App will have "access" to many different parts of my phone, contacts, messages, etc...
    This looks to me like a security issue. I'm not clear why the program would need to attach itself to all these things. It may be that I just don't understand what the OS is telling me when I start to install the program.
    I'm not comfortable with any program having "access" to all my information on the phone.
    Has anyone had similar thoughts on this issue?
     

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  2. hardtorn

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    Someone must have some info on this....
     
  3. ceedee

    ceedee Well-Known Member
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    • android.permission.RECEIVE_BOOT_COMPLETED
    • android.permission.WAKE_LOCK
    • android.permission.INTERNET
    • android.permission.ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE
    • android.permission.CAMERA
    • android.permission.VIBRATE
    • android.permission.ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION
    • android.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION
    • android.permission.ACCESS_WIFI_STATE
    • android.permission.READ_SYNC_SETTINGS
    • android.permission.READ_PHONE_STATE
    • android.permission.READ_SYNC_STATS
    • com.android.email.permission.READ_ATTACHMENT

    The access permissions seem perfectly valid to me to enable Twidroid to function properly.
    Which one do you find suspicious?
     
  4. hardtorn

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    Being new to Android OS... I guess i just don't understand how the software works. When you set up a normal twitter account on your computer you don't get this "warning" message before you continue asking if your ok with the program digging into all these different areas of your computer.
    The way the install stops and tell you all the programs it will dig into made me think twice. Is "twidroid" then goingg to be snooping around in my files? Will the programmers of the software then have some type of access to all these areas as well?
    I'm just way more parinoid thaan most I guess...
    LOL
    I like my privacy !
    So I would guess that this is comon for most App's etc for the android OS
     
  5. spangler07

    spangler07 Well-Known Member
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    this screen will come up for every app you install. every app needs access to some part of your phone or it would be useless.

    most well known apps you find in the market will not steal your information.
     
  6. hardtorn

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    I guess I just needed to hear from others with much more android experience than my self....
    Thanks...
     
  7. fireshaper

    fireshaper Well-Known Member
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    According to these permissions, Twidroid does not have access to any of your storage. The only thing that some people would find invasive (if anything) would be the app's access to your location.

    • android.permission.RECEIVE_BOOT_COMPLETED
    • android.permission.WAKE_LOCK
    • android.permission.INTERNET
    • android.permission.ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE
    • android.permission.CAMERA
    • android.permission.VIBRATE
    • android.permission.ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION
    • android.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION
    • android.permission.ACCESS_WIFI_STATE
    • android.permission.READ_SYNC_SETTINGS
    • android.permission.READ_PHONE_STATE
    • android.permission.READ_SYNC_STATS
    • com.android.email.permission.READ_ATTACHMENT
    But as the other who have posted in this topic have pointed out, this is something that all apps will show you when you install something new. I actually like that the developers are forced to reveal what processes are used in their application because I, as the user, get to choose if I think the access they say they need is worth giving them.
     

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