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    FlashLight Apps Corrupt?

    I received an email today that says many of the top flashlight apps for smart phones are corrupt and are stealing our information. See http://www.snoopwall.com/threat-reports-10-01-2014/ for more details. Is this legitimate information?

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    I've read numerous articles for some time about a number of apps but especially the flashlight app that do just what the article says. It's not new information and that site has it's own flashlight app I see.

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    FWIW its not the Apps that are currupt its the software producers.
    I do remember last week ? reading that some tester someplace tested a number of those type apps and found the vast majority to be spyware. I don't have the link. He's suggestion was look for a small file size, how much code does it take to turn on an led??
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    found it

    http://www.snoopwall.com/flashlight-...ying-revealed/

    oops that was the same link.

    A bit of vapor ware on the site but maybe you can trust their led app.
    Last edited by wavy; 2014-10-30 at 20:42.
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    Thanks guys, that seems to comfirm that bad things are happening out there!

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    Good article Bruce. I will continue to not put Flashlight or most other apps on my Android though because of the extensive permissions you give away. It seems that 99% of the apps want more than they need to run IMHO.

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    I just press my lock button for 5 seconds, no app required.

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    Not on an S3
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    Nope, a Nokia (Symbian).

    cheers, Paul

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    Oh well probably over heats the phone and wears down the battery ......

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    When you need a light.....

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