Why do so many apps ask for & need so many permissions? Is it really always necessary? How can you know for sure what's legit/safe & what's not?
Why do so many apps ask for & need so many permissions?
Posted June 22, 2014 - 12:13 AM
My guess is developers are only allowed to access certain parts of the phone/computer by default. Problem is certain parts of the phone/computer many be needs to be accessed for the app to run to its full potential. The manufacturer of what ever device you are using would restrict what default permissions a developer would have.
If you are referring to things like accessing you personal data from stuff like facebook and what not then thats more of a way for them to advertise usually. Yes there are some allegations of data stealing but usually they just want access so they can post there game on your facebook to get free advertising.
When it comes to safeness, It depends on the product. Apple has a decent review process on there apps so people don't put up malicious apps into the store. Of course they don't get every single one but they do a decent job. Android doesn't have as much of a screening process.
Edited by bigfetz, June 22, 2014 - 12:15 AM.
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Posted June 22, 2014 - 09:41 AM
They ask for permission because the app itself does not automatically have access to the settings it needs to work. It is a security function for iOS and Android so you know what the app has access to. For example, let's say you download WhatsApp Messenger, a chatting application. WhatsApp needs to access your contacts to see who has the app, your photo gallery so you can send pictures, camera to take pictures, and mic to send voice messages. If you do not give permission, the app cannot enable those features to fully function. Same thing like Instagram. It needs permission to your gallery and camera so you can take and upload pictures within the app. If you do not grant permission, you can't use those features (taking pictures....uploading photos....). To make it short, it's mostly a standard security features by Google and Apple.
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