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hendos4 03. Jun 2012 02:21 PM

Android software "Possible Voyeurs"?
 
The other day I went to downloaded a free torch program for my Samsung Galaxy 2 & it had an item at the bottom of it (a miss leading one I might say) stating Battery Update Available, which I thought was a genuine message, so I click on it & found out it was an add for another program. I cancelled the install & removed the torch program after I searched & found the battery update was actually a virus. Now this lead to trying to download another free torch program, but this time I READ THE PERMISSIONS, which was a big shock as nearly all programs I looked at on Google Play have the following items listed 1,2 & 3 or most of them in the permissions agreement & seeing as most people can not be bothered reading all the requirements in an agreement I think the following is wrong.

(1) CONSTANT INTERNET ACCESS
(2) PHONE CALL & NUMBER MONITORING AS WELL AS BEING ABLE TO MAKE CALLS.
(3) PERMISSION FOR THE PROGRAM TO TAKE PICTURES & RECORD VIDEOS AT WILL.

SO IF YOU HAPPEN TO BE PARADING IN FRONT OF YOUR CAMERA FOR YOU PARTNER, THE PROGRAM COULD BE RECORDING IT & SENDING IT TO WHO KNOWS WHERE.

Why on earth would a torch program need to take photo's or video's & have internet access.
What do you think? should this be allowed or should the Government put in place laws to stop this from happening?Poll Choices: Yes,No. unsure or who cares
I eventually found one with no permissions listed.

torres-no-tan-magnifico 03. Jun 2012 02:33 PM

Hi hendos4 and welcome to he forum! ;-)

Unfortunately, you have not given the names of both free torch programs so how can I, and more importantly other people, vote on something that we do not have any info on?

hendos4 03. Jun 2012 02:54 PM

The base of the message was not the torch programs, but the fact the program wants to be able to activate the camera & video without you knowing about it.

I Look at: aFlashlight-flashlight LED at the address below on my desktop:


https://play.google.com/store/search...ght+LED&c=apps

Click on the torch heading: aFlashlight-flashlight LED, then click on the permissions tab.

Also just type in torch light pick one & read the permissions.

hendos4 03. Jun 2012 02:58 PM

This is a copied list of the details for aFlashlight-flashlight LED:
Permissions
This application has access to the following:

Hardware controls
take pictures and videos
Allows the app to take pictures and videos with the camera. This allows the app at any time to collect images the camera is seeing.
Network communication
full Internet access
Allows the app to create network sockets.
System tools
prevent tablet from sleeping prevent phone from sleeping
Allows the app to prevent the tablet from going to sleep. Allows the app to prevent the phone from going to sleep.

Hide

Hardware controls
control flashlight
Allows the app to control the flashlight.
Network communication
view network state
Allows the app to view the state of all networks.

hendos4 03. Jun 2012 03:10 PM

Here is another list of permissions from another torch program called
Flashlight LED HD + Candle Pro

Have a look under Phone Calls Section
Permissions
This application has access to the following:

Hardware controls
take pictures and videos
Allows the app to take pictures and videos with the camera. This allows the app at any time to collect images the camera is seeing.
Network communication
full Internet access
Allows the app to create network sockets.

** Phone calls: READ PHONE STATE AND IDENTITY
Allows the app to access the phone features of the device. An app with this permission can determine the phone number and serial, whether a call is active, the number that call is connected to and the like.

hendos4 03. Jun 2012 03:52 PM

HOW ABOUT THIS ONE FOR PERMISSIONS:

Permissions List For: Any.DO To Do List Task List-Android:

This application has access to the following:

Your accounts
use the authentication credentials of an account
Allows the app to request authentication tokens.

Services that cost you money:

Send SMS messages:
Allows the app to send SMS messages. Malicious apps may cost you money
by sending messages without your confirmation.

Directly call phone numbers:
Allows the app to call phone numbers without your intervention.
Malicious apps may cause unexpected calls on your phone bill. Note
that this doesn't allow the app to call emergency numbers.

Your location: coxxxx (network-based) location:
Access coxxxx location sources such as the cellular network database
to determine an approximate tablet location, where available.
Malicious apps may use this to determine approximately where you are.
Access coxxxx location sources such as the cellular network database
to determine an approximate phone location, where available.
Malicious apps may use this to determine approximately where you are.

Network communication: full Internet access:
Allows the app to create network sockets.

Control Near Field Communication:
Allows the app to communicate with Near Field Communication (NFC) tags
cards, and readers.

Your personal information: Read contact data
Allows the app to read all of the contact (address) data stored on
your tablet or Phone. Malicious apps may use this to send your data to
other people.

Read sensitive log data:
Allows the app to read from the system's various log files. This
allows it to discover general information about what you are doing
with the tablet or phone, potentially including personal or private
information.

Read calendar events plus confidential information:
Allows the app to read all calendar events stored on your tablet or
phone, including those of friends or coworkers. Malicious apps may
extract personal information from these calendars without the owners'
knowledge.

Phone calls: Read phone state and identity:
Allows the app to access the phone features of the device. An app with
this permission can determine the phone number and serial number of
this phone, whether a call is active, the number that call is
connected to and the like.

Storage:
Modify/delete USB storage contents modify/delete SD card contents:
Allows the app to write to the USB storage. Allows the app to write to
the SD card.

eyeb 03. Jun 2012 03:57 PM

in app ads are becoming popular, blame apple for it, not that I blame companies for greed but it's sad lol

I have a permissions editor just for things like this, why allow apps that don't need internet access have internet access? I don't need my file manager to use internet, it might be checking for updates but I can do it for it

Odinbc 03. Jun 2012 05:56 PM

I use "Privacy Inspector" for Android handy for finding out the already installed culprits.

Terarus 08. Jun 2012 01:43 AM

I use the avast firewall to restrict most apps from going online on mobile


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