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  1. nashfh

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    To what degree do the apps have or need access to run? Are there any security issues? Does the data get stored anywhere? Is there any need to worry about Big Brother?

    Your Location
    Network Communications
    Your Personal Information
    Your accounts
    System tools,

    etc., etc. :thinking:
     

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    Whats the app?

    What does it do? Does the access listed make SENSE for what the app does?

    For example, if a tip calculator app was looking at your accounts and network communication, i'd immediately think that it was scraping personal info. there is NO reason a tip calculator needs either of those things.
     
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    I find that most of the popular apps say they need "access" to these things. The question is - what does "access" really entail?
     
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    good question, good topic.
     
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    I think this needs clarification.
     
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    I was wondering the same thing. Even something like it 'can prevent phone from sleeping' - like when does it do that? under what circumstances? why?
     
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    Still nothing? Bueller?
     
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    I too want to know about 'prevent phone from sleeping'

    I just installed an update for 3g watchdog and it was there. Can't revert to previous version , and I really need an app like this :( I'm afraid it will drain my battery....

    any clarification?
     
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    Larry Magid: Are Android Apps Less Secure than iPhone Apps?

    This article discusses the issues raised in this thread.

    "The security company performed a "threat analysis" that "indicates that there are thousands of applications that exist in the market that grant access to personal information, location data or access to services that could be used for nefarious purposes."

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    "The report said about 20 percent of the 48,000 apps "request permission to access private or sensitive information that an attacker could for malicious purposes."

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    "In addition to knowing your location, the SMobile report said that applications can also get permission to initiate a phone call, get a list of the accounts associated with your phone, access the Internet, monitor, modify or abort outgoing calls, read the user's calendar data, read contact lists, read data about the phone's owner, read text messages, send or receive text messages."
     
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