Contrary to what the naysayers would have you believe, Android is a pretty secure platform. Most people who fall to malware and other vulnerabilities bring it upon themselves by installing apps from shady third party app stores and unsecure APKs from the internet to cheat some poor developer out of 99 cents. Nonetheless, with privacy being such an issue these days, we should all be careful to keep a track of what information we are giving out.
A lot of apps on the Google Play Store, while being completely legitimate, take some liberties when it comes to permissions required for running them. For instance, you might find that the innocuous game you downloaded inexplicably requires access to your contacts as well as messages. Or that live wallpaper wants your GPS location for no reason at all. Time to take control with F-Secure App Permissions, an app that incidentally requires no special permissions to run itself.
F-Secure App Permissions: Rogue Apps No More!
F-Secure App Permissions is developed by F-Secure, a reputable online security company. A simple no-nonsense interface presents you all your apps and the number of permissions they require. There are further filters for apps that can cost you money (those pesky in-app purchases, anyone?), apps that can significantly cause battery drain and apps that can see the personal information on your smartphone.
If you tend to get into the nitty gritty of things, F-Secure App Permissions has got you covered. You can filter apps by individual permissions as well to see which apps have gone rogue and deserve the cull. While the app might be an eye opener as to the extent of permissions required in some cases, you should always try to see if there is a logical connection between the apps you have installed and their function. For instance, a smart dialler app would definitely require access to your contacts but a camera app shouldn’t.
We have previously covered apps and guides that can help you beef up security on your computer and your smartphones in case you want to check them out. Let us know what apps apart from F-Secure App Permissions you have installed to keep a track of your private information in the comments below!