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12-22-2010, 07:17 PM #1
- Join Date
- Feb 2005
- Mid north west in the state of N.C
Ap question for smart phone
When you look at all the ap's out there for smart phones, and you look at downloading them onto your phone, there usually is a statement to the effect that some information on your phone may be utilized by the ap (company) being downloaded to your phone.
I'm no computer guy, but if I have certain files stored on my phone, and I download an ap to my phone, does someone else have a roundabout way to information I have stored on my phone?
I sincerely think we're in the age of big brother, but am I being over paranoid?Just because you can't do everything, doesn't mean that you have to chose to do nothing.
12-22-2010, 07:32 PM #2
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- Jun 2004
- N.E. KY
- Century 3035
Re: Ap question for smart phone
I think you mean Apps, as in Applications and no you are not being overly paranoid. Depending on the app, it could indeed have access to the data stored on your phone. Most smartphones have mechanisms built in to show you what type of data the installed apps can access, but not necessarily what specifically is being accessed.Century 3035, FEL, RC, RFM, Box Blade, Pond Scoop, Boom Pole, Hay Spear
12-23-2010, 12:11 AM #3
12-23-2010, 02:57 AM #4
- Join Date
- Aug 2005
- Saltspring Island, BC, Canada
- Kubota L3130HST
The same applies to your computer. Certain applications, even devices like wireless routers, invisibly pass information back to software and hardware companies. Who knows what type of information they're gathering and why but I don't like it.
There's a computer application called Little Snitch which you can download and install that monitors all requests to transmit data and gives you the option of stopping it. Some stuff you have to allow or you're os or apps won't work properly but you quickly learn what is essential and so put a stop to the rest.
I've been running the app for about three months now and feel much more in control.
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