Saturday, January 3, 2015

What your Android apps know about you: Researchers reveal the software that can listen to your microphone, access your contacts and always knows exactly where you are

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By MARK PRIGG FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

PUBLISHED: 18:49 EST, 2 January 2015 | UPDATED: 19:31 EST, 2 January 2015

Android apps are spying on users far more than expected, a new study has found.

The research by Vocativ shows the apps that can access user's microphones, call logs and contacts.

It found one of the worst offenders was a game aimed at children.


One of the worst offenders was a game called Happy Fish. Developer HappyElements, programmed the game so that it can collect a precise location, has access to your photos and can read your text messages.

Called Happy Fish, developer HappyElements, programmed the game so that it can collect a precise location, has access to your photos and can read your text messages.

It can even tell which Wi-Fi network you're using.

Android users have taken to messageboards to complain about the problems.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2895004/What-Android-apps-know-Researchers-reveal-software-listen-microphone-access-contacts-knows-exactly-are.html#ixzz3NmKh4eL3