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Avoid Installing Spyware to your Android this Halloween

Written by HeavenlyAndroid   
Monday, 19 September 2011 13:32

Heavenly Android has been busily getting in the mood for forthcoming festivities such as Halloween and Bonfire Night. Yay! During our preparations we've been trying out a few android apps to get us into the spirit of things. Plus all of our android apps are hand picked by ourselves and we like to verify their usability so that we can pass on our favourite android apps to you with our Heavenly seal of approval.

Every little helps afterall, as Google Android Market is such a jungle; it's like looking for the Loch Ness Monster sometimes, trying to find apps worth bothering with.


10 scary Halloween stories, android app.

Anyway, we were busily installing scary android apps, to review in the very near future when Lookout Mobile Security flagged '10 scary Halloween stories' by ICONOSYS as spyware! Now that is something scary for Halloween that you just don't want.

There does seem to be an abundance of permissions for a simple e-story app. The mind-boggling list is as follows:

SEND SMS MESSAGES Allows application to send SMS messages. Malicious applications may cost you money by sending messages without your confirmation.

READ SMS or MMS Allows application to read SMS messages stored on your device or SIM card. Malicious applications may read your confidential messages. edit SMS or MMS Allows application to write to SMS messages stored on your device or SIM card. Malicious applications may delete your messages.

COARSE (NETWORK-BASED) LOCATION Access coarse location sources such as the cellular network database to determine an approximate device location, where available. Malicious applications can use this to determine approximately where you are. fine (GPS) location Access fine location sources such as the Global Positioning System on the device, where available. Malicious applications can use this to determine where you are, and may consume additional battery power.

FULL INTERNET ACCESS Allows an application to create network sockets.

READ CONTACT DATA Allows an application to read all of the contact (address) data stored on your device. Malicious applications can use this to send your data to other people.

READ PHONE STATE AND IDENTITY Allows the application to access the phone features of the device. An application with this permission can determine the phone number and serial number of this phone, whether a call is active, the number that call is connected to and the like.

MODIFY/DELETE USB STORAGE CONTENTS MODIFY/DELETE SD CARD CONTENTS Allows an application to write to the USB storage. Allows an application to write to the SD card.

PREVENT DEVICE FROM SLEEPING Allows an application to prevent the device from going to sleep.

DISCOVER KNOWN ACCOUNTS Allows an application to get the list of accounts known by the device.

Since when does a simple story app need to know and use such information? This company tends to be a little intrusive and greedy with its permission requests in general.

If you don't have an app such as Lookout installed on your device and you have recently installed 10 scary Halloween stories, it's worth uninstalling simply for the outrageous amount of permissions, if nothing else. The developers behind this app, ICONOSYS, seem to heap a whole shed load of permissions into every app they produce!

Only download if you're prepared to take the risk.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 September 2011 21:16 )


#2 HeavenlyAndroid 2011-09-22 08:01
No problem Wayne. We were happy to receive your response and will be publishing it today. We appreciate that this was an unforeseen issue and that you are a respectable android app development company!
#1 Wayne Irving 2011-09-22 02:53
Thanks for sending me an email to rebut this article. I hope you got it. Problem has been solved to your credit.

Thanks again,


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