Recent reports (grahamcluley.com & others) advised about malware and or privacy issues involving Battery Doctor and Brain Test.
Are there others, including legitimate apps which grab my data or breach my privacy?
Can anyone recommend a reliable and independent site that has a comprehensive list advising users of Android apps with proven security and/ or privacy issues? Kinda like a “no fly” list for Android users.
I’m always concerned when an App requests access to my contacts, photos, GPS etc and never certain the intended purpose requires the requested access or whether my data is being copied or directed “offsite”.
Thanks in advance.
This isn’t about all applications but there is the Secure Messaging Scorecard courtesy of the EFF: https://www.eff.org/secure-messaging-scorecard
They also link to some documents about privacy. And you should be concerned about those things (that you list), yes, and you should be careful about it all, too. I would say this especially is true for photos or other private information (and I mean photos that aren’t of private nature although… if you do have photos that are private – in any form – then obviously be careful there if you have to have them on a phone in the first place [my view is you don’t but I’m sure many disagree with that]).
The best advice is to stick to playstore for apps,but always ask yourself if an app needs this or that permission to operate. And read a hundred reviews to get a feel for how reputable the app is. There are lists of permissions with explainations available online. I always keep one handy. There are three location permissions,and if your app does not need this to operate,then it is likely for an advertising purpose. I try to avoid apps with banners just for that reason alone. But there are many for avoiding ads. If you are not using a mobile browser with ad blocking,then you should look at Firefox, which has add-ons, or the stand alone adblocking browsers like Adblock Plus,based on Firefox and Ghostery,which uses webview,and I would only us this one with kitkat and above. And finally, use an Anti Virus app like Malwarebytes or Avast. Both good,free,and easy on the battery.
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