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Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by Bayint Naung, Sep 3, 2011.

  1. Bayint Naung

    Bayint Naung Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Hi I just downloaded dolphin & surfing. Then I click on a porn site link. (xxxxxxxx if I remember correctly).
    Then I receive 2 text! relating to porn stuff!
    How could it know my phone number & send text to me!!!!? :mad::mad::mad:
    Is it the browser or what?
    Is it normal? Am I being infected with malware/**wares? :thinking:

    Sorry for my bad english
     



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  2. ironass

    ironass Extreme Android User

  3. Bayint Naung

    Bayint Naung Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for the reply. But I'm aware of these permissions.
    But not sure which app is causing.
    I guess it's the browser but permissions needed are only:

    Location
    Browser history/bookmarks
    Network
    Storage
    System tools-to prevent phone from sleeping

    I'm using custom ROM. Does that matter?
    Perhaps the safest is official ROM?
     
  4. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor

    Considering that one should be wary of porn sites even when on a pc due to those sites being a malware hub due to ads, I'd think the same would apply to phones.
     
  5. Petrah

    Petrah Psychotic Female

    If you wanna surf porn sites safely, then use VirtualBox for your PC. ;)
     
  6. Bayint Naung

    Bayint Naung Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I don't use mobile phone to surf porn site at all.
    Because someone said I could play flash on galaxy ace, I am just trying out!
     
  7. alostpacket

    alostpacket Over Macho Grande?

    heh

    no comment on the porn aspect, but there are possible security flaws in Dolphin which is based on Webkit (mobile). Hard to say what is at work here though. I'd be more inclined to think it was some other app. Have you downloaded anything else you thought was fishy?
     
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  8. Bayint Naung

    Bayint Naung Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Ok thanks all of you.
    I think I found out.
    I went to site again and read terms.
    It said just clicking preview will send sms (with $ charge). I've un-subscribed...
    should be my carrier. I suspect. :thinking:

    You mean it's not as secure as default browser?
    Which browser offer good security and functionality (like dolphin)?
    tab browsing, gesture, etc looks cool! (I can't use firefox on galaxy ace).
    Any pointers would be helpful.
     
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