Downloading an app is a fairly straightforward process on an Android device. Access the Google Play store, find the app, and press install. However, when you first try to use the app, things can sometimes become more complicated as your phone starts asking you for vague permissions. For today’s tip, we’ll explore what these permission requests are actually asking for.
First, the permissions themselves. These permissions are worded to be somewhat vague. To some, an app requesting permission to access your phone’s camera is benign, and to others, they feel that their privacy is at stake.
For this reason, developers have a tendency to describe the potential effect of what the app will do, rather than what you are actually enabling it to do.
As a result, the application may be given considerably more leverage than you may anticipate from what is described. Furthermore, if the app was developed by someone with less than upstanding motives, you could find yourself made vulnerable. It is for this reason that permissions that could potentially give the application access to a user’s information are classified as “Dangerous.”
The “Dangerous” permissions include the following, and are listed with what makes the application a potential security risk.
Many applications that ask for these permissions have legitimate reasons to do. After all, you want a messaging application to have SMS permissions so it can fulfill its purpose. Facebook needs access to your camera so you can take photos and upload them to the social network. However, if a calendar application asks for body sensor permissions, you should start to question why it needs them--and if there isn’t an alternative application you may use.
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