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Question What Do You Think of These App Permissions? - 06-17-2011, 10:01 AM

I have installed PermissionDog from the market which is a really nice tool for unrooted/rooted phones. It is beta, so the developer is still enhancing it.

I am now able to list all apps and see exactly what permissions they have , i can sort mermissions by Popularity, name and danger.

Using this neat tool, i can get a grouped list of all apps with the "Read Phone State" permission which allows the app to access the phones features , determine the phone number and serial number of my device, whether a call is active, the number that the call is connected to.

What are your thoughts of the following apps having this permission:

Antivirus Free
Business Calendar Free
Calc+ Free
ES File Explorer
ES Security Manager
ES Task Manager
Enhanced Email
Mp3 music Download
Mickey Mouse Clock
MyBackup Pro
Netflix
Norton Security
Reverse Phone Demo
Ringdroid
Sound Manager
TV.com
Text widget (donate)
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Red face What Do You Think Of These App. Permissions - 06-18-2011, 05:17 AM

BitDefender Basic Antivirus (Free) has a function which lists permissions and the likelihood of such Apps. costing you money.

And, as I recall so does Webroot Basic Antivirus.

I don't worry about permissions, unless they "need" access to phone numbers.

For what?

That is the reason I changed History Eraser, to the one with the empty waste paper basket widget.
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Red face 06-18-2011, 10:36 AM

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BitDefender Basic Antivirus (Free) has a function which lists permissions and the likelihood of such Apps. costing you money.

And, as I recall so does Webroot Basic Antivirus.

I don't worry about permissions, unless they "need" access to phone numbers.

For what?

That is the reason I changed History Eraser, to the one with the empty waste paper basket widget.
Hey Austraillian, how are you? You raised a good point which is exactly why I want an app that lists and categorize apps by permission so to get an inventory of apps of a certain permission. Your example of apps that need access to phone numbers can easily be listed tgether so I could review what I have installed, determine if I "really" want that app or not... The more sensitive the permission, the deeper the consideration.

For the list below, I can understand some apps having the permission discussed in this string, but. "why" would calc+ need my phone serial and access to phone numbers I call?

Before I knew such apps to list permissions, I had to view them one by one and very minimal descriptions in the appbproperties setting.

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