Infographic shows which Android apps ask for the most permission requests
posted by Alan F. / Dec 30, 2014, 12:49 PM
On the top of the list, security app AntiVirus Security asked for 44 permissions, which might not be terribly out of line for a security app. In second, with 42 permissions required, is messaging app Viber. Many of the apps on the top of the list are messaging or Anti-Virus apps.
Notable names on the list include Facebook (39 permissions), WhatsApp (32), Waze (29), BBM (28) and Twitter (17). We've broken up the infographic into easy to read morsels, which you can view by clicking on the slideshow below.
source: Vocativ via Gizmodo
Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014
Clean master from cheetah software need to access camera, video, microphone, address book, calls logs, sms, bookmark. I uninstall it as I think they asking too much.
posted on Dec 30, 2014, 12:55 PM 3
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Should I use an antivirus on my phone ? If yes what's the best antivirus app ?
posted on Dec 30, 2014, 1:46 PM 0
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No, unless you are downloading illegally obtained apps or going to questionable websites.
posted on Dec 30, 2014, 1:50 PM 3
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"Should I use an antivirus on my phone ?" Anti-virus is just a different kind of malware and as others have mentioned, don't install it unless you have a high risk profile, i.e. pirating APKs from dubious sites. If you want a bit of app/data security, root, get an Android firewall, and install Xposed and use their privacy manager. Or if you like Cyanogen or one of the other ROMs that includes CM's privacy manager, use that. Otherwise, you are basically f**ked on Android for app/data security. There is none. Google basically doesn't allow it as it is against their business model. To be fair, Samsung tries to offer some sort of security, aka "KNOX", but unless you set it up very carefully and don't use device management, KNOX just opens up your phone to all sorts of new attack vectors, including remote control. Basically KNOX gives you finer grain control over what apps use what VPNs. It can be useful, but it's not real security, i.e. apps can still steal and upload all your data, just over different pipes.
posted on Dec 30, 2014, 2:17 PM 5
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Is a matter of trust? Do you trust your Anti-virus provider? I use clean master for some of my devices because they are good at their job. They can find all the junk files, logs, uninstall left over, stop malware from infecting your phone but to do that they need a lot of permissions. So do you trust them to give them that? They do keep my phone in tip top condition when I use it. For my Neptune Pine I did install them at first but later remove them because they do consume some battery resources. Nepture Pine only has 810 mAh so every bit of saving help. CPU/Memory resources not much as they have no impact on the Dual- Core ARM Cortex-A5 and 512 Mb RAM. Interface still lag free with Clean Master and CM Security install. But the battery drain is significant in fact any monitoring software will be significant for the watch. The only monitoring tools I use for the Nepture Pine is CPU Tuner and Battery Monitoring Widget Pro. CPU Tuner advantage of under clocking when there is no load help me be fugue on its battery. Since its pure Android Jelly bean there no way to tell the remaining battery percentage that where the Battery Monitor Widget Pro come in. I know the exact rate of drain on the battery and I can react accordingly by adjusting the CPU clock speed. I have a setting of 245Mhz, 480Mhz, 700Mhz, 1080Mhz and 1152Mhz. Told you I am a control freak.
posted on Dec 30, 2014, 8:35 PM 0
Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012
dont need to install antivirus, u just need to follow these rules - dont download and install apk file - dont download low rating file from playstore - dont browsing porn/crack/piracy or other similar dangerous site minor point: - dont download suspicious file from suspicious site - use third party browser because they update more frequent
posted on Dec 30, 2014, 8:44 PM 0
Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014
You don't need that. Android defense mechanism is actually safe enough because you're the one that takes control of installing apps (the only attack vector). Since Google Play screens apps for safety and only allow safe ones to be uploaded and deployed, you'll be mostly safe since you download apps from there. Google also has built-in app verification features that scan apps outside Google Play when it is installed and also regularly scans your phone for harmful apps. So no need for antivirus, it's not worth the battery drain and lower performance.
posted on Dec 30, 2014, 6:55 PM 0
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No need to honestly. If anything you will want to clean your phone of unwanted crap as soon as you get it. Hell playbooks runs even if you have never opened it! lol love android. I have used avira in the past and so far has cleaned out many infected systems. Point? Don't do anything stupid and your fine. If you wanted to look at nudes, get a wp, no virus potential. If you are getting droid, root the crap out of it, and expose it like 0xFFFF has stated, though becareful of bricking, I have had two customers get full blown charges of out of warranty fees cause they sent in a bricked rooted phone for a replacement.
posted on Dec 31, 2014, 8:13 AM 0
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