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Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by MyCharlie, Oct 14, 2014.

  1. MyCharlie

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  2. lunatic59

    lunatic59 Moderati ergo sum
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    Never trust security threat reports from security companies. They are selling something. While it's certainly possible for any app to include malware, if it's a legitimate app from the play store, the risk is minimal. Additionally, check the apps permissions BEFORE you install it. A flashlight app should have control of LED light and the camera (the camera flash is the light). It doesn't need to have access to any personal information or network access.

    I use the Teslacoil Flashlight app

    Permissions are:

    CAMERA - Required to use the camera flash on most devices. The camera flash is attached to the camera, hence the permission. This is not to take photos or record video.
    FLASHLIGHT - Required to use the camera flash on some older devices
    WAKE_LOCK - Optional, to allow to keep the screen on
    SYSTEM_ALERT_WINDOW - Helps widget responsiveness on some devices
     
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  3. MyCharlie

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    Thanks for the response. I'm skeptical about the report in SnoopWall's site. I've been trying to search this topic in other places like CNET, Mashable, PCMag and many other site I know to be reliable and none talks about this "top 10" flashlight apps being a threat.
     
  4. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    One app, Brightest Flashlight, was found to have been misrepresenting how customers' data would be used. But that's the only real case I know of.

    Like Luna I also use TeslaLED as a flashlight app. That app also has only the permissions needed to do its job, and nothing that could violate privacy (by the developer of Nova launcher).
     
  5. Lordvincent 90

    Lordvincent 90 ▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓

    Just installed Tesla... It now has camera/microphone listed as it's only permissions
    [​IMG]
     
  6. Zmicer

    Zmicer Lurker

    It's fake, never trust this.
     
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