A few weeks ago I went camping in the woods with my husband, we were surrounded by the peace and beauty of old trees and amazing landscapes. However, as any person who has camped knows, the nights, though starry and calming, can also be intimidating in the silence and darkness of the wildness.
In that opportunity, we brought everything we needed for our experience in nature: tent, sleeping bag and even food containers to prevent bears from getting into our supply. However, we failed to bring a flashlight, so we pulled out our mobile devices and downloaded one from the app store.
Being in nature, away from rush hour and a busy work schedule, we actually had the time to think about the permissions some apps require. While I understand every app needs some kind of permissions to do its job, I realized when taking the time to actually pay attention to these permissions that some are over the top and questionable.
In our case, we needed a simple flashlight for our dark night in the woods and it should only need access to the camera in order to turn the flash on. At first we were surprise to find out that some developers in the app store were asking for access to my contacts, ID & call information, photos/media/files, Wi-Fi information, amongst other things, all this for a flashlight?
At this point, I realized that if I was in the middle of a hectic day or stuck in rush hour, I would have hit the Accept button to all kinds of nonsensical app permissions thus potentially allowing malware to infect my device.
Nature has the capability to clear our lungs from pollution and our minds from vain distractions and thanks to that I learned that the best protection and security is grated first by everyone’s common sense and attention. So, be aware.