Apps without permissions: Should you be worried about Android’s latest security scare?

The latest security threat for the Android world deals with apps that don’t require permissions. Paul Brodeur from Leviathan reported about the possibility that an app with no permissions could actually access your data from your physical or internal SD card. An app such as this could access all non-hidden files and scan them for any information, including any sensitive info. Since the app itself doesn’t have permission to access the internet, it would have to open the browser to send the information. Not an easy task without you knowing it’s being done, but someone could come up with some sort of trick.

Lets be honest folks, should you be keeping any data on your SD card that is sensitive? Forget about apps, what happens if you misplace your phone or it gets into the wrong hands? Anybody could access your SD card to get to those contents. Okay so you’re not saving anything sensitive to your SD card, is there any other potential?

Well the folks at The Verge came up with an issue with photos. If your geolocation is saved with every photo you take, then an app such as this could potentially find out where you’ve been like your home, work, etc. To be honest, again, if you lose your phone, whomever found it could do the same. Hopefully they will use that information in a productive manner by bringing your phone back, but again, if you don’t want people to ever find out where you’ve been, then turn off geotagging on your device. Every phone is different, but you should find the settings in your camera app.

This is just another scare that you should be aware if, but lets not panic. Our phones are important to us, but you have to use your common sense about what data you keep on it.

Sources: theverge and leviathan

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