CyanogenMod Makes You The Overlord Of Your Android Installation

May 24, 2011
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    Recently, Google’s been cracking down on rogue apps and doing the usual clean up of security issues.  One of the basic foundations of Android security is app permissions. App permissions for Android are a funny thing – this is because when you click “accept” on that EULA, you usually accept everything that an app wants.

    Well, that isn’t exactly fair – you may want the app to access some of your data, but you probably don’t want it to mess around with all of your data. That’s how invasions of privacy happen after all.

    Well, if you have access the CyanogenMod custom ROM – specifically the latest build – you’ll have the chance to pick out which permissions you will let through. Specifically,  you’re given the chance to revoke and grant permissions individually, which would be a great help in stopping certain applications from accessing your personal data.

    Of course, this doesn’t come with no cost. The mod itself is free, of course, but messing around with permissions is a quick way to brick your smartphone. Users should be careful about denying permission requests by apps. There is often a very legitimate reason for these permission requests and denying some of them will probably negatively affect your Android installation.

    If you’re still determined to do this, to access this function you need a rooted Android phone running a nightly version of CyanogenMod with an 8x label. Download a compatible version for your device at CyanogenMod.com.

    Source: Androinica

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    Comments

    • LAmDroid

      “..messing around w permissions is a quick way to brick your smartphone.”

      isnt that being a bit overdramatic. on the contrary, wudnt it quite unlikely in fact that an app would brick an android phone. however, do expect quite some bits of force closes since some functions of the app may actually use permissions pertinent to the apps abilities thatarent im/mediately clear to you

    • William

      Alternatively, if you don’t want to grant the permissions, don’t install the app.
      If there is a valid business case for building a similar app without those permissions then someone will.

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