How to Take Responsibility for Your App Permissions

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This week news that Facebook was experimenting with SMS functionality resulted in headlines about Facebook spying on its users. It’s true that Facebook’s Android App has the ability to read and write SMS messages, but it only can do so because you gave it permission to do so when you installed it.

Many users see the permissions apps ask for as something we just have to click through in order to get to the software they want. But these permissions have real world consequences. You’re giving developers an opening to your contacts, your communication and more.

The best solution is to stick to official marketplaces and developers you trust. And always check the permissions when you’re installing an app.

You can go back and check the permissions on your Android apps by going to going to Settings > Applications > Manage Applications. Select your application and then scroll down. Don’t like the permissions you’ve granted? Delete the app.

Apps are playing an increasingly large role in our lives. Phones have apps. Browsers have apps. Even your apps have apps. You should regularly check your Facebook Apps and your Twitter apps, for instance, and remove any that you are not using. If you invite an app in to your life, it’s your job to make sure that it behaves.

Cheers,

Jason

CC image by Johan Larsson

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