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Free Android Apps Have Privacy Cost
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7/14/2012 | 3:49:22 AM
re: Free Android Apps Have Privacy Cost
> warned that over 5% of free Android apps interface with at least one "aggressive" ad network t

Wow. A whopping 5%. That's far from a major problem.
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Guest.,
User Rank: Apprentice
7/14/2012 | 3:48:14 AM
re: Free Android Apps Have Privacy Cost
The OS needs a fix: If I see *ANYTHING* in my notification-bar that is spam... 1 long-click... uninstalls the app that made it.

Done.

Also, I have *NEVER* seen any apps that make random shortcuts, or change my browser bookmarks. The OS could easily prevent that. Only allowing the app that made the data... to change the data.

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ANON1237925156805,
User Rank: Apprentice
7/13/2012 | 7:35:07 PM
re: Free Android Apps Have Privacy Cost
These initiatives are a good idea, but who knows what impact they will have and when? In the meantime, consumers should make wise choices.

I learned my lesson about free apps with ads from supposedly reliable vendors years ago when I opted for free Grokster on my PC to save $29.95. That price differential sure made free seem like a reasonable choice and Grokster was getting all kinds of favorable press. A week later I detected that my PC had been conscripted into a spybot army. Ouch!

In the mobile universe apps that are offered in free and paid versions never cost more than $5.00 for the paid version; sometimes they are as cheap as $.99. Those who grouse about "not free" could easily fund such a rash expenditure by eliminating one visit to Starbucks.

My current policy: I try to evaluate apps online and look for friends who have them and are willing to let me play. In rare cases I may install a free version for a day or two to eval. Once it's clear I'll use an app then I pay to eliminate the advertising.

PJS880
PJS880,
User Rank: Ninja
7/12/2012 | 3:30:05 PM
re: Free Android Apps Have Privacy Cost
I recently bought a second phone, because I was traveling to another country and my carrier does not offer international calling. I went with the Galaxy SII, it was a reasonable cost and I liked the features. As with any new phone after setting up the basics I began to fill up my applications with the apps that I liked or thought I could use on the trip. I now have pop ups in my notification bars an also I will find various app icons on my home pages that are spam. There is nothing worse than a company taking advantage of its own offers for free apps and it is a total turn off to the company and its future products. For me that am the quickest way to turn me off to your app, by supplying me with a bunch of junk that I do not need or want and furthermore do not need! I do not know anyone who like or appreciates aggressive advertising practices!

Paul Sprague
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