Linked by David Adams on Thu 24th Jun 2010 16:22 UTC, submitted by Governa
Privacy, Security, Encryption About 20 percent of third-party apps available through the Android marketplace allow third-party access to sensitive data, and can do things like make calls and send texts without the owners' knowledge, according to a recent security report from security firm SMobile Systems. There's no indication that any of the highlighted apps is malicious, but the report does underscore the inherent risks of a more open ecosystem as opposed to Apple's oppressive yet more controlled environment, with every app being vetted before availability.
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Android apps can phone home and change themselves without user permission

Those are security defects, which indeed require patching, in the Android operating system, not in the market model. The previous posts were about the App Store model, not about iOS' specific implementation.

(I won't be advocating Android facing iOS, since in my opinion both operating systems are canned crap. In fact, I think that the whole touchscreen smartphone idea has only spawned canned crap in all of its current implementations, though Windows Phone 7 Series looks somewhat promising if they sell it on phones with a physical keyboard)

Thanks for posting your manuscript though.

You're welcome, sir =p

Edited 2010-06-25 09:07 UTC

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