Details of another mobile app that demands too many privileges.
I 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
Why you should be cautious about giving web and mobile applications too many permissions.
Consider 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.
Details of the permissions and privileges that you need to hand over to Facebook in order to use their mobile app, outline with Android.
The 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.