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Top 10 Flashlight Apps on Playstore are Malware, per Video Report

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by AZgl1500, Jan 19, 2016.

  1. AZgl1500

    AZgl1500 Extreme Android User
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    watch and listen to this video

    https://www.youtube.com/embed/Q8xz8xKEFvU

    I do NOT use any flashlight app from PlayStore, as soon as I saw the Permissions they wanted you to accept, I back out and uninstall it..... but, even that may not be enough, it is already on the phone and doing its' dirty work.

    Samsung phones have a Flashlight button in their Widgets and I just put that on a Home Screen.
    That is all I have ever used...

    but, after watching this video, I am wondering if Samsung put it there intentionally to spy on us?
    dunno, but would sure like to find out.

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  2. Gmash

    Gmash Extreme Android User

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  3. El Presidente

    El Presidente Beware The Milky Pirate!
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  4. svim

    svim Extreme Android User

    While there's no question that there are number of flashlight apps that do vacuum up and pass along personal data, using the word 'all' does misrepresent things quite a bit. A blanket statement like that accuses every developer who has made a flashlight app to be covertly folding in code into their efforts simply because there a few bad ones who do.
     
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  5. kate

    kate Dreaming of Bugdroid.
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  6. AZgl1500

    AZgl1500 Extreme Android User
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    The instant I hit POST, I realized the title is misleading..... but I can't find a way to edit the title.
    and, to be honest, I forgot to look at the date of the video....

    a problem with 120 wpm fingers and a brain/clutch that didn't get used right.
     
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  7. All? No.
    Many? Yes. Flashlight apps are particularly notorious for being sneaky malware in disguise.
    The lesson, not just with these but with all apps in general, is to always check the permissions first before installing. They should be reasonable for what the app does. It's often useful to compare multiple similar apps and their permissions lists, the safer ones will have fewer (sometimes far fewer) permissions to do the same thing.
     
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  8. El Presidente

    El Presidente Beware The Milky Pirate!
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    Thread Tools -> Edit Thread (it's at the top of the page). Or hit the report button and one of us can sort it. :)
     
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  9. AZgl1500

    AZgl1500 Extreme Android User
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    Thank you, is there a Time Limit to Edit the Thread?
    I should have hit the Report Button immediately and had it fixed...


    I fixed it: Relief is not what Coca Cola claims it is :rolleyes:
     
  10. kate

    kate Dreaming of Bugdroid.
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    I don't believe so, the OP should be able to change their thread title anytime.
     
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  11. AMOCO

    AMOCO The Computer Guy
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    Well I uninstalled my flashlight app,And I guess I will do a factory reset in the next day or so.When I find a way to backup my contacts.

    I was using Flashlight Free.
     
  12. Curtis1973

    Curtis1973 Android Expert

    I am of the opinion that most of the free stuff on play store can be labeled as malware/spyware. That's the trade off here folks. Just like "free wallpaper" apps for windows...you get what you pay for. And you will pay for it one way or the other...either by cash and no crap...or by ads,tracking and everything else via free. It is all a trade off in privacy.
     
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