Sunday, May 24, 2015

Arbour №39: Permits for Android-Application – Mobile-review

The next issue Pavilions dedicated to mind harmless process tayaschemu a potential danger to the security of user privacy gadgets based on Android – providing applications of various permits.


Many users process of granting permits [applications] on the Android-powered device similar to the installation of software on PCs frequently causes stupor and confusion. Why should an application may be required for access to the camera, contacts, and so on? The answer to the question may be very different depending on the position, whether it is a cunning and secretive developer or a standard transparent process [of permission], requested Google.

You may recall stirred up the World Wide Web last year’s scandal with permissions Facebook Messenger. Nominally, a list of rights means that Facebook could at any time to record audio and video, access files, edit them, send anything to friends without your permission.

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As it turned out, the problem lies with the permissions of the peculiarities of the structure of the ecosystem, and Android-applications that are inherently different applications require similar solutions. For example, for any Applications- “flashlight” requires authorization for photo and video shooting without your confirmation. As it turns out, because the diode LED, used as a flashlight, is an integral and inseparable part of the arrangement of the camera. That’s why this resolution and is uncompromising. Technically speaking, if the application “may” include a flashlight, and it can take photos and videos, so the requirements of Google and included a request for such rights.

On the other hand, clever developers will step over “needs “applications, including a resolution to allow a profit from the sale of advertising or through purchases from within the app. Such purchases, in particular, can be a source of great risk if your device is not set up a password prompt for purchase in Google Play. Permissions for functions such as positioning, history of applications and phone book reasonably occur in mapping applications, navigators, browsers, or applications for social networks, but they have no place in the games or ‘lanterns ».


The most necessary to be careful with free applications, as They often pass your personal information to third parties or sell advertising. Understanding this aspect, as well as an attentive acquaintance with the required permissions when you stop, the first step in the fight against fraud, but it is worth remembering one more time. Contribute dollar for an application with a limited number of permits will be the wiser move than using a free application that requires a lot more than was required of him.

And, finally, it is worth remembering that if you do not really even you need a particular application, there is no need to install it. But if you decide to take the time to understand what you are giving your consent, it minimizes the possible risk.

The original article, the author – Ken Kolbёrn

Elir: During the installation of applications from Google Play Store catalog, we often do not think about this fleeting and unobtrusive, but important aspect of the ecosystem Android. Not all of us – and some experienced users may not even thought about the safety of their privacy and personal information, downloading another “ukrashalku” for your device. Think there is something to be careful!



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