Credit: Some entries from Sam Fiorella’s great 8/2/14 Huff Post Tech Article to which I’ve added some imagery to help stress to the public the urgency of this situation. At the very least I want everyone to know what they are doing. Don’t come crying to me when an identity thief, hacker, old boyfriend or the likes have enough info about you to ruin your life as you know it. By then it’s too late to undo the online collateral damage. Help Sam and I spread the word by sharing either of our articles,~Dr Mill Computer Wiz
“How much access to your (and your friends’) personal data are you prepared to share for access to free mobile apps? I suspect the amount is significantly less than that which you actually agreed to share when blindly accepting the Terms of Service.”
Here’s a word for word summarized version of the permissions you grant Facebook:
- ·Requires the acceptance of an alarming amount of personal data and, even more startling, direct control over your mobile device.
- Opening the full application also requires more memory, bandwidth, and battery life.
- Allows the app to call phone numbers without your intervention. This may result in unexpected charges or calls. Malicious apps may cost you money by making calls without your confirmation.
- Allows the app to send SMS messages. This may result in unexpected charges. Malicious apps may cost you money by sending messages without your confirmation.
- Allows the app to record audio with microphone. This permission allows the app to record audio at any time without your confirmation.
- Allows the app to take pictures and videos with the camera. This permission allows the app to use the camera at any time without your confirmation.
- Allows the app to read you phone’s call log, including data about incoming and outgoing calls. This permission allows apps to save your call log data, and malicious apps may share call log data without your knowledge.
- Allows the app to read data about your contacts stored on your phone, including the frequency with which you’ve called, emailed, or communicated in other ways with specific individuals.
- Allows the app to read personal profile information stored on your device, such as your name and contact information. This means the app can identify you and may send your profile information to others.
- Allows the app to access the phone features of the device. This permission allows the app to determine the phone number and device IDs, whether a call is active, and the remote number connected by a call.
- Allows the app to get a list of accounts known by the phone. This may include any accounts created by applications you have installed.
“no app is truly free. “Free” online apps are paid for by the provision of personal data such as name, location, browsing history, etc. In turn, mobile developers and social networks charge advertisers to serve up highly targeted ads to specific groups of people.” You have been warned.
Instead install ChatSecure App that easily imports all your Facebook Friends into the app also showing you if they’re online or not just like Messenger, except they encrypt your messages. You can download the app via their page at the above link. (Free & Open Source Secure Messaging for iPhone/Android)
-Mill Montejo a/k/a DrMillComputerWiz