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Android app 'Analyst' uncovers everything your apps are accessing

0. phoneArena posted on 29 Jul 2013, 09:24

Let’s admit it - we install a ton of applications on our devices and we rarely ever know what are they accessing…

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posted on 29 Jul 2013, 09:31

1. rallyguy (Posts: 620; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)

Just looked, didn't see it.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 09:32 2

2. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

How is this anything new? Before the app is even installed from the Play Store, it shows you all the permissions that the app is going to have and asks you to confirm that you want to have it installed.

"You don’t have to be an expert to see that some VoIP apps like Skype and Viber are not as perfectly secure as you might have thought and actually they have full access to read and write your contact book!"

That's exactly what Skype tells you it has access to when it asks for your permission to install it. This function is built into the Play Store already. When you tap to install it, it brings up a window named "App Permissions" and under "Your personal information" it says "Modify your contacts, read your contacts" and then asks if you accept those permissions.

You guys are really milking this "exploited personal information" stuff. Though I suppose many people are.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 10:36 1

5. Victor.H (Posts: 762; Member since: 27 May 2011)

You seem to misunderstand the point of the writing here. What we're saying is that you can use this app to check permissions AFTER it's installed. Sure, you can take a look at those permissions when you install but many people just skip that step.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 11:55 1

9. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

Then that's the user's fault. If they were so worried about apps gaining access to their information, they would've read the app permissions that were shown to them before they even installed it.

This article gives off a message that says "apps are taking your information without your permission, here's how to find them out!" When in reality all the permissions are listed in front of users, it's just their job to take a few seconds to read over it, it's literally just a few sentences.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 16:48 1

10. yowanvista (Posts: 341; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)

I second that, the user is to be blamed if he/she doesn't take the time to verify the permissions required.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 10:40

7. kassi (Posts: 109; Member since: 25 May 2013)

it gives you a better overview than doing it manually for every app.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 10:20 1

3. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

Just go into the app info and it tells you what permissions it uses and what those permissions can do.. Though this is nice but not the 1st of its kind.. Use to use an app I think permission dog which did the same thing and was better.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 10:21 1

4. sherby (Posts: 7; Member since: 21 Jun 2013)

voip apps need access to your address book to add your friends automatically. Otherewise you have to do it manually like the pc based instant messengers. It's generally a good idea to read the permissions before you install an app but most people don't bother/dont understand them.

And I dont think this is how the NSA/Uk secret service spy on you. They hack the internet backbone, is like bugging the post office I'm guessing, how do you defend against that. They also "suggest" that American companies leave holes in their encrypted connections for them to listen in on. Does this not remind you of all the things they were accusing huawei/zte of doing? LOL.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 10:37

6. Victor.H (Posts: 762; Member since: 27 May 2011)

Well, in the case of apps like say Viber (but really a lot of applications) your whole contact list gets exported to the developing company's servers. It's anyone's guess what happens with this contact list there, but yeah, we all *hope it's secure.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 11:47 1

8. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 871; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)

Of course Skype has access to read and write to you contacts list. Where do you think its going to pull information from and allow you to add your contacts to?

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