Other than customization, another thing that is associated with Android is the privacy and security issue. Many times, you have heard of yet another virus/malware that got past the Google Play store and infected thousands of handset. As a user, what tools do you have to protect yourselves?
When you install an app, you will be shown the various permissions required by the app. You can then decide if you want to grant the app the permissions it needs and install the app. What if there is an app you’d really like but you don’t want to grant access to your GPS or something like that? If you are one of the lucky few who have Android 4.3 running on your phones, you can install an app called Permission Manager from the Google Play Store to limit apps permissions.
How Permission Manager Works
Once downloaded and installed, you will see a screen that look somewhat familiar – the “Manage Apps” screen. The layout is the same with the columns and you are able to swipe from column to column. The difference is, the App ops screen in Permission Manager sorts the apps and processes into the general permissions the different apps have access to. Some of them are: personal, messaging and location.
Using Permission Manager
Adjusting the permissions for an individual app is pretty straightforward. When you find an app you’d like to make changes to, press on it to open the next screen. This screen will show all of the permissions you might have an interest in changing. Some apps might have access to your Location. App such as weather widgets and apps for social media often require this permission.
Turning off a permission is as simple as pressing the ON/OFF button to the side of the permission in the list.
Once you toggle the access on or off, you can press the back button and move on to the next app. While not totally necessary, its not usually a bad idea to reboot your Android to make sure the apps all shut down and restart with the new modified permission access.
Keep in mind, when disallowing access to a specific permission, like location for example, you might lose some core functionality of the app, which render it useless.
Permission Manager does not require root access to operate. Something was opened up in Android 4.3 to allow this app to toggle access on and off. While many apps allow you to shut off features or ask you when it is OK to use something you might not be comfortable with it accessing, other apps are not so polite. Take the time and look through some of the apps you have installed on your Android phone or tablet. See if they are accessing things you are not comfortable with. If yes, you can shut down those little bits without having to uninstall them.
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