Google removes rogue Android apps

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12667540

Google has used a "kill switch" to clean up phones hit by rogue Android applications.

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I'm not sure what's scarier, the malware or Google having access to the phone anytime they want...

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thats kinda why i prefer

thats kinda why i prefer symbian. my nokia n8 has no such kill switch and runs garmin mobile xt fine.

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Choices, choices

Would you rather have the apps killed as soon as possible?

Or would you rather have the bad app(s) pull all the information out of your smart phone so they can sell it, steal your identity or whatever?

The longer the app stays in your phone, the more damage it can do.

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Make Decisions For Yourself

I'm sure Google has good intentions. But can't you make decisions for yourself?

Google determines what's good and what's bad for you?

Google knows what you have on your phone and they determine what apps you can use and which ones you can't?

In a way, Google is malware. They can use your information (and do) just like any other "rogue" app.

Another "invasion of privacy".

Not much you can do about it nowadays with the electronic gadgets except not buy it or use it. A lot of the spyware is built into the software when you buy it from a company.

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OK.....so where the heck am I?

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pkdmslf wrote:

In a way, Google is malware. They can use your information (and do) just like any other "rogue" app.

Exactly what I was thinking as well.

I was reading a while back on CNN that a company was trying to create a correlative database on cell phone users. How? By tracking who a particular phone called, and then who THAT phone called, and so on and so forth. That really scared the crap out of me. It's just downright creepy to think of, and an major invasion of privacy, not to mention huge money to sell that data.

I've tried to find the article to cite, but no luck so far.

zurk wrote:

thats kinda why i prefer symbian. my nokia n8 has no such kill switch and runs garmin mobile xt fine.

Well, if you use IMAP on your phone, your company can send a command to wipe your device. All of it. At will.

http://www.npr.org/2010/11/22/131511381/wipeout-when-your-co...

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Probably a good idea!

Probably a good idea as more than likely a large part of the group that installed the apps are still not aware that they were trojan malware laced.

Most people do not follow forums so are oblivious to what is happening with the apps they downloaded till it is to late.

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We Are Being Watched

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OK.....so where the heck am I?

contributors

Hey Juggernaut, I was reading contributors of the week, and I thaught it was about time we had a week for Miss POI, or something there of. She speends a lot of time and hard work on this system, and it is for all of us to enjoy. Some recognition sure is in order. Thanks for listening Jugg. Be good to yourself. de Cliff n8dii

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I may have my user name and password confused or switched! Can I get confimation of my user name????

Good idea

I wish I had a say. Maybe we should do a member vote on this for Mary Ann and Jon!

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How about???

Juggernaut wrote:

I wish I had a say. Maybe we should do a member vote on this for Mary Ann and Jon!

How about nobody post anything for a day so they can have a day off?

No...no traffic would drive them nuts, so that's out.

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Maybe not

Juggernaut wrote:

... and an major invasion of privacy, not to mention huge money to sell that data.

If their use agreement states they can do this, and you agree to this agreement, then there is no invasion. You opened the door for them and invited them in.

"Smart" phone free and happily staying that way.

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wrong

rocknicehunter wrote:
Juggernaut wrote:

... and an major invasion of privacy, not to mention huge money to sell that data.

If their use agreement states they can do this, and you agree to this agreement, then there is no invasion. You opened the door for them and invited them in.

"Smart" phone free and happily staying that way.

thats rubbish. no one reads agreements and i certainly do NOT want someone poking thru my phone just because i opened the box which had an agreement printed on it.

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Good point

I wonder how many people would install an App if it said beforehand, "Installing this app will share all your personal data. Continue?".

You should have to opt in, or get that warning in plain language.

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Juggernaut wrote:
zurk wrote:

thats kinda why i prefer symbian. my nokia n8 has no such kill switch and runs garmin mobile xt fine.

Well, if you use IMAP on your phone, your company can send a command to wipe your device. All of it. At will.

http://www.npr.org/2010/11/22/131511381/wipeout-when-your-company-kills-your-iphone

You mean ActiveSync? AFAIK it only works with Exchange server (over ActiveSync protocol) typically seen in corporate environment.

blah

zurk wrote:
rocknicehunter wrote:
Juggernaut wrote:

... and an major invasion of privacy, not to mention huge money to sell that data.

If their use agreement states they can do this, and you agree to this agreement, then there is no invasion. You opened the door for them and invited them in.

"Smart" phone free and happily staying that way.

thats rubbish. no one reads agreements and i certainly do NOT want someone poking thru my phone just because i opened the box which had an agreement printed on it.

and THATS the problem. People are willfully ignorant, then bitch when things dont suit them.

really?

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my questtion about all this is...

why is noone complaining about the phone companies having done this kind of thing for the last...what? 75+ years? dont tell me you REALLY beleive they havent been tracking their customers behavior, personal info, etc, since DAY ONE. gonna have to go look up when the first commercial phone system was put into place

Don't read the agreement? That's your problem

zurk wrote:

thats rubbish. no one reads agreements and i certainly do NOT want someone poking thru my phone just because i opened the box which had an agreement printed on it.

Don't agree to the agreement? Don't use the product.

I'm sure some of you use GMail. You do know that they do read every email to you and from you, looking for key words and phrases. That's also in the agreement...

Google used to have the credo "Do no evil". That's no longer the case.

No smartphone or GMail here.

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skunkape - you shouldn't waste your time responding to these types of threads. Quite a few members on this site are anti-smartphone and firmly believe a "phone should just be a phone." They have their heads in the sand.

hmm :_)

Gadget - you're probably right smile

Not anti...

Personally I'm not against smartphones. I just have no use for one. Because of my job I'm usually so connected that the only time I don't have access is the few hours I have alone when I drive to and from work, or when I'm asleep. I'm happy to leave that one bit of "free time" without connectivity. All I am saying is be aware of what you are agreeing to when you "open the box".

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