Category Archives: Mobile

Privacy Apps Don’t All Measure Up

A look at several mobile apps (for Android and iPhone) that make empty promises to protect your privacy

Privacy App IconsThe best advice when it comes to privacy and photos and videos is “don’t take a photo that you don’t want your boss/parents/grandparents to see” but this advice is rarely heeded. In a cheap attempt to profit from people’s privacy worries there are several apps on the market that promise to protect your dignity from prying eyes. Here I take a look at several such apps and demonstrate how they fail to measure up…

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Android Advertising Networks

An eye opener on advertising networks and what they can do with your Android mobile phone

Google Android LogoCoinciding with some recent news articles on Android, privacy, applications and advertising networks, I’ve come across an app that I’ve found very insightful. The app is Ad Network Detector from Lookout who also provide the Security and Antivirus protection that I use for my Android handset.  I thought I’d share my findings so you can decide whether it’s useful to you or not…
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WhatApp Mobile Messenger

Details of another mobile app that demands too many privileges.

WhatApp Messenger PermissionsI came across this application a few months back; I wasn’t impressed with it then and nothing has changed.  A friend sent me a text message this morning singing its praises and suggesting I install it.  Unfortunately that friend is not very tech savvy and was all too quickly impressed by the shiny shiny marketing to bother looking at the details. Continue reading

Giving permission and sharing too much

Why you should be cautious about giving web and mobile applications too many permissions.

Decorative Image - permissionsConsider you pay by credit card at a restaurant; you’re sharing your credit card information with them and you’re probably happy to do so. If the restaurant then asks for your date of birth, home address, and permission to use your card whenever they like, you’d probably hesitate. Yet people do this all the time on the web without thinking twice.

Here I’ll try to show how we can unwittingly give away too much, why this might be bad, and how to spot when things aren’t quite right.

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Facebook Android App Permissions

Details of the permissions and privileges that you need to hand over to Facebook in order to use their mobile app, outline with Android.

Facebook Android App PermissionsThe Facebook App for Android has changed quite a lot since I originally wrote this article so I figured I should update to reflect the changes in permissions that the app now requests. There are some improvements and looking back I think I was a little harsh in my judgement with a knee-jerk reaction but the problems remain that the permissions seem too lenient, there is no justification of why the Facebook app needs these permissions, and the only choice we have is to accept them all or not at all.

 

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