LauncherPro can read Gmail and SMS. Is this safe?

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  1. virtueoftheabsurd

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    I understand that it needs access for the numerical notifications ("1 new email," "2 new texts," etc). But does this creep anyone else out? I can't be the only person who has sensitive information in my email...bank statements, account information, etc.

    The dev seems like a nice guy and very much a non_felon, but I can't help but wonder if a minor bug in his software could be a privacy disaster.

    Thoughts? I love LauncherPro, but I'm back to ADW_ in the meantime.
     
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    How do you know he's a non-felon? (just curious)
     
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    doesn't bother me.. I Love launcherpro
     
  4. virtueoftheabsurd

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    The verb in that clause was seems. I really have no idea :p
     
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    Doesn't bother me at all. I love Launcher Pro.

    Sent from my Droid using Tapatalk
     
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    Probably you are taking the word "read" out of context.

    If I had an app that could read your emails Im sure I wouldnt let you know about it.
     
  7. virtueoftheabsurd

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    You would have to, thanks to Android security. I'm sure you know that apps that you install through the market have "permissions." These aren't just arbitrary things that the dev decides to flag, they actually control how the application is allowed to interact with your phone.
     
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    Ok didnt know that it wasnt controlled by the dev, but all the same I think it was taken out of context.

    go to www.launcherpro.com and ask him specifically.
     
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    If you are worried about stuff like that, you shouldn't be using ANY email programs.
     
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    to answer the question, it has access to your e-mails and SMS for a feature that gives a count of your read/unread messages on the screen.
     
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    I'm not sure if you guys know but LauncherPro has a feature to put notification icons on your gmail icons to show how many unread messages you have. I have a good feeling that it's used to check whether or not you have read mail so it can display the notification.
     
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    That is my opinion as well.

    Some people have that tin foil hat way to tight!
     
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