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How do I change App permissions for security?


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#1 yorocco7

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Posted 12 January 2017 - 06:51 PM

I'm super new to the Android world. I've gotten a bunch of apps for my new Moto Z Force. I've notice a lot of them notify me that the app needs access to location, contacts, speakers, microphone, photos etc.. Even the weather app wanted my camera, photos & other things besides the obvious “location”. When this notice window pops up I don’t see a way to say NO to any of them. If I tried the App stopped loading. So I just went ahead & said OK. I forget at which stage of setup I was in but it was in the 1st few days, I was getting notices like "do you what these people to know where you are, your ph# ” & other crazy personal stuff. Those I think I could say no to. Now that I'm pretty close to having the phone setup how I want it & I'm concerned about personal info security my questions are:

-Is there a way to go back into the system & edit what services & apps can access certain features like location, contacts, photos, microphone, camera etc..

-Are there any "must do" security tips I should be doing or setting up as a 1st time Droid user? I setup a password & fingerprint. I even got Avast on it but are there other settings or apps that should be used, turned on/ off or uninstalled?

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Posted 15 January 2017 - 03:33 PM

Instead of reinventing the wheel for explaining app permission management. Take a look here: How to Manage App Permissions on Android 6.0

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Posted 29 January 2017 - 07:59 AM

Apple has it and Google’s finally done it. Android 6.0 Marshmallow includes changing app permissions. You can also manually revoke permissions from any app — even ones designed for old versions of Android.

Sadly it is not possible for the devices that are Android 6.0 Marshmallow below. So if you still haven't update your device do it soon because it is a great version.

 

how to do a software update - IOS       - https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204204

                                                     Androidhttp://www.wikihow.com/Update-an-Android

 

How to manage App Permissions - IOS       - http://www.howtogeek.com/211623/how-to-manage-app-permissions-on-your-iphone-or-ipad/

                                                            Androidhttp://www.howtogeek.com/230683/how-to-manage-app-permissions-on-android-6.0/

 

Hope you found a solution to your problem. 

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