Recognize the permissions of Android and your applications is a very useful trick to be able to check if an app is safe or not. Let’s take an example. We downloaded a makeup app. It is not difficult to recognize the logical permissions of this app: storage and camera. But now, in the installation, we see that it requires other more strange permissions, such as the location or contacts.
This is the basis of knowing how to recognize the necessary and most vital Android permissions for your security. Know which permissions are more logical with an application and which represent a hole in our privacy.The permissions of Android must go according to the apps Android permissions.
How to identify when we are safe ?
When we are going to install an application from the Google Play Store, they usually tell us about the permissions that the application needs to work on our Android. What we do 90 percent of users is to install and forget about the problem, even if it is something wrong.
This does not mean that because an application asks us for permissions it must be malicious, they all need it. But you have to read what permissions you ask us and above all, take into account what kind of application it is and think a little.
Let’s take another example. We have Mirror Lab , a mirror-style filter app. When we install it, it asks for several permits, such as camera and storage. Before the alarms go off, you have to think about the operation of the application.
Mirror Lab is an app of photographic filters, so logically you will need our camera to take pictures and storage to load the ones that we do not take out at the moment. So, really, there’s no problem, because if you do not have such permits, Mirror Lab would not work .
Now, let’s put a last example. We downloaded a file organizer in Solid Explorer style, for example. As is logical, we will ask for permits for storage and as much for the phone, since it will have to check the license, as is the case of the mentioned app.
But we see that he asks for more. Let’s say you ask us for details such as reading SMS or accessing our contacts. This is where we must reason. Why would this file organizer application want to read my SMS or access my contacts?
It is in those moments in which either uninstall the app, or not install it, or deny access. You have to know how to differentiate the usefulness of the app with the resources that we grant, since the limit that we set will determine the line where our privacy vanishes.
Although this is clear, it does not exhume us from danger. Until Android P makes its appearance , the apps in Oreo and previous versions will be able to access in the background to these permissions that they will need in the use of the app, if we have to be careful what apps we install and from where we install them.
A yes that we urge you that when you go to install an application or review your permissions, read well what an application asks you and discern if really that permission that you are granting is essential for its use or not.
In addition, knowing how to download the apps from the right sites is vital. Always try to install from specialized sites such as the Play Store or failing in APKMirror and always read what an app asks you before letting you enter your device. With that in mind, there will be no one able to invade your privacy.