Ignorance w/ Launcher Pro

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  1. x0prahWinfr3yx
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    Why oh why are people using Launcher Pro for their phones? I realize it's pretty nifty, but has anyone taken the time to actually look at what you're allowing that program access to?

    Edit and read your SMS, MMS, Gmail
    Access to your browsers history, bookmarks calendar events, contact data, and the ability to write to all of these things
    Modify your SD card
    phone calls and such

    does no one else see this as a complete security violation? and yet everyone swears by this *free* product.
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    Well by that logic, you better not put a custom ROM on your phone because one of the developers could put malicious code onto it. Heck, you shouldn't even use a phone since Google and Verizon have access to these features, and if they truly wanted to they could do anything to your phone. Yes, sure there's a risk that the dev could misuse the application privileges, but the building I'm in could also collapse right now. Should I stop being inside buildings? With as much notoriety as this person has gained, they have a decent liability, especially since he does have a bank account tied to him now. Everything is a risk, you pick and choose what's worth it or not. Currently in my opinion, Launcher pro is the best launcher program by far, so the risk is worth it for me.
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    while the app may not be using all of the personal data it's collecting, how are we supposed to trust this developer? I fear we're blindly following suit without even making an observation of the privacy we're giving up.

    Other launchers do not utilize any of your private data like this one, what part of it's code would require such a thing?

    five bucks says that the developer is selling this to advertising firms
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    you dont have to download it, you know..
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    Thanks foe the heads up but like said before this dev has gained notoriety in this community. He also has a pretty decent following which of course the two go hand on hand, but with that many users any misuse or malicious actions thru LP would be noticed quickly. There is risk involved in everything. The important thing is to give any risk you take the amount of calculation it deserves.

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    It is super obvious why it needs all those permissions. LauncherPro Plus (which is built into LauncherPro) includes widgets for contacts, bookmarks, sms/mms, and calendar (like the Sense UI widgets), with more to come. How can those widgets work without permission to access the data?

    So should we not trust HTC because Sense UI needs permission to access our data so their widgets can work?
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    you obviously have no experience with the launcher and you obviously do not understand how Launcher Pro or Android operate.
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    irony..

    please go away.
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    You must not know about Fede, the creator of LauncherPro. He comes around here often to get feedback on it and he asks people what features he should add and what bugs he needs to kill. Actually there's a whole big thread about it.

    You can definitely trust Fede.
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    lol, this might be the most ignorant thread I have ever read, not only on this forum, but on the HUNDREDS of threads I've read in the past.
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    Life is way too short to worry about this ****
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    LMFAO! I couldn't imagine a better response.
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    As ridiculous as this is I'm glad we get posts like this occasionally. Nothing like a good laugh in the morning.
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    Couldn't agree more... Whatever helps me get through a Thursday with a quarter smile.

    If I didn't install any apps that needed access to functions on my phone, it'd be a pretty useless $600 pile of $hit.
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    Well said. :)

    sent via subspace radio
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    One other thing to think about, on Android, we know what permissions are required. On iPhones, we don't get that option and have to trust that Apple will vet apps carefully (and considering they let a "flashlight" app through that allowed tethering instead....). I'd rather make my own decisions.
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    Fixed the thread title for you. You might want to read up a bit more on permissions to see why any launcher would need these. Don't assume that you fully understand permissions just by their title. It's not always that straightforward.
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    Alright I think we get the point, the OP wasn't trying to be rude or condescending in any way, rather he was trying to be helpful. Let's not turn this into a 3 day flame fest, let's not turn droidforums into a place where guests and noobs feel unwelcome.
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    like said above, there is absolutely nothing wrong with LauncherPro. half of the applications that you download have access to a lot of junk on your phone, because they need it to run certain features. and they're only programmed to do those features, not steal information. no need for app phobia.
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