What those scary app permissions mean
Knowing when to be concerned over application permissions and when not to be is tricky. And important.
We’ve all heard stories about bad apps that want to steal your valuable data and ship it off overseas, and those discussions always end with one thing — someone says you need to read an app’s permissions before you install it. Well, that’s fine, but there is a small problem — how do you know what the heck those permissions mean? Something like System tools: automatically start at boot is easy enough to decipher and understand but plenty of others aren’t so easy. The problem is that apps may have a good reason to use them because several different things can be covered by one permission and there’s no good place to see exactly what they all mean.