Teens Growing More Aware of Mobile App Privacy Issues

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praack

actually you need to watch the space - this demographic is concerned probably more concerned than the parents,
the recent decrease in civil rights to "make us safer" is not really flowing that well - but the voting adults are more worried about facebook and watching tv than anything else.

i'll be watching to see what developes

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kiaghi7

In related news, cruise-liner passengers are growing more concerned about icebergs in the north atlantic...

The mere fact that this requires pointing out is testament to the fact that Teens are still profoundly oblivious to the world beyond their own experience. Teens are still growing up, still learning (despite thinking they know everything), and most importantly laying the groundwork every day for the inevitable catastrophe of their own making... Individual results may vary, results not guaranteed, offer void in whichever place you live in.

It's simply a result of their inexperience and adamant refusal to have any external input outside of their circle of friends who are also equally ignorant to the realities of the world.

Let's also keep in mind, this is also the same collection of people who (according to the article) may have increased privacy concern now, but then they proceed to verbally vomit their entire life story onto facebook/twitter for one and all to see...

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PCWolf

Maximum PC needs a "Report Spam" button.

Also, the things mentioned in this article is my my Android phone is not filled with Apps. Way too many apps collecting information & Google does NOTHING to stop it. & there is no way on the Android OS to prevent an App from collecting data or starting up with your phone.

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Joji

Hmm... so I think I DLed a couple of "risky apps" in the past. Apps they may have intruded my privacy. They'red uninstalled already. What precautions should I take now other than being careful with what I DL?

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Hey.That_Dude

Root your phone if you're past warranty and take complete control over what happens on your phone. Also, realize that nothing is free, anyone who says otherwise is selling something (generally malware). Research what you're about to DL. Lastly become a God of Linux. (this is a joke based on your graphic {It's a really good series})

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Joji

Ha, I used to be a fansubber. Currently not doing anything due to many reasons. Anyways, I really doubt some of the apps I DLed intruded anything special. It's probably something minor. I dled mostly games, but there was this one time I dled hacks that enabled me to get infinite glu credits. Damn those glu credits, they're so expensive. App should be safe, but I'm not too sure about it. It was all in chinese.

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Hey.That_Dude

Yeah, that's almost a sure sign you're infected... I might be wrong but an app that lets you cheat, that's written in Chinese is almost always gonna be infected.
As for intruding "something special," any intrusion that you're not explicitly warned about can have serious effects. Our phones are basicly our lives now-a-days. Schedules, location, credit information.... it just goes on and on.

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Joji

Alright, I found the app off the net. The app itself works as described, but it's hard to absolutely trust the app.

Here's an image of it I grabbed off Google. It's the app itself.

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Find the same image off Google and click one of the links that has the app. I wonder what you think of it?

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Hey.That_Dude

Actually Google couldn't find that... for me. Also, even if I get it, I'm loathed to actually break apart the code to see if it's malicious. I was just giving you my best guess.

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John Pombrio

My wife always locked the cars, the house doors, and closed all the curtains in the house at night before there ever was an internet. Privacy protection has been around since forever.

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Nixon

I was a rare specimen! :O
20 now though, so no longer a teen.

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PCLinuxguy

it's all a matter of educating themselves. those that educate themselves on how to secure themselves in this digital age have the edge over the majority of consumers that wouldn't have the first clue (or even care about) privacy.

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The Mac

Its all about immersion.

Teens are immursed in the tech form an early age so they are much more aware than us older foggies.

Much like my generation and being able to program the VCR.

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Hey.That_Dude

I hate VCR's... most evil thing ever... Seriously does it kill them to just make a simple "record" button.

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wumpus

But, but, but, as Douglas Adams once wrote, they free us from the drudgery of watching television.

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Hey.That_Dude

... the internet did the same thing... only better.