What App Permissions Mean and How to Manage Them

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Probably every user is acquainted with that kind of system configuration as app permissions. Those are borders, which installed software cannot cross, and at the same time, a set of features that software can access. With application permissions, you decide which types of data installed apps can use, process and share.

Why Is It So Important to Have a Clear Understanding of App Permissions?

It’s not a secret that a significant part of the software is either malicious or could exploit user’s personal data for the vested interests of its owners. Despite this, we entrust more personal information to all kinds of software than ever. And more than that, we’re doing it voluntarily.

But why would you entrust your personal information to someone who ain’t supposed to obtain it? That happens when a user doesn’t think about permissions he grants to the installed programs. For example, a newly downloaded calendar application asks you to allow it to make phone calls, access photos, or manage your contact list. It’s a clear sign that this app wasn’t made to show you what day it is today. Apparently, its main objective is to collect as much of your personal information as possible or exploit your device for malevolent purposes, ransom.

What Data We Can Share and What We Shouldn’t

By entrusting our private life to shady, questionable software, we are risking our well-being, security, finances, and reputation. The most obvious way to avoid such risks is to weigh which features a single app thoughtfully should get access to.

Application permissions always should correspond to the app’s primary purpose. If it’s a messaging app, then you can allow it to access a contact list, accept calls, or send messages. If we’re talking about a photo editor app, it can access your gallery, file storage, camera, etc., but not make calls or receive messages. And vice versa.

Usually, most apps ask to access various features on your device at once, but you can regulate this with permission control. There is no need to let a messaging app access your gallery if you don’t plan to share media there, or let a gaming app access the Internet if it works well without such permission setting. The fewer permissions you will provide to the installed software, the fewer security risks you may face in the future.

Another way to protect yourself is to install only trustworthy software with a decent reputation and credible manifest. Such software should enjoy users’ confidence and be oriented toward its users’ privacy and data integrity. While AppStore, with mixed success, tries to regulate and check all published products, Play Market could not boast of much success on that serious matter.

Despite all mentioned above security measures, there’s always a certain risk that your personal information could be misused. That’s why a user should recognize the seriousness of permission control.

Permission Control: How to Check and Manage App Permissions

It is very easy to regulate and reorder application permissions whether you’re using IOS or Android operating systems. The user just needs to follow several simple steps.

How to check and manage App Permissions using Android:

  1. Launch Settings;

  2. At the bottom, tap on Permissions or All Applications page;

  3. Choose App Permissions;

  4. Enter a category or application you’re interested in;

  5. Manage permissions setting by moving sliders.

How to check and manage App Permissions using IOS:

  1. Open Settings;

  2. Move down to the complete list with installed software or open Privacy window;

  3. Tap an app or privacy category you’re interested in and toggle permissions with a slider.

By maintaining proper application permission control, you can significantly reduce the risk that your personal information will be exploited. However, only certain types of software can truly minimize the risk of data misusing.

Why is dSTAR iCommunicator a Perfect Choice in Terms of Permissions Security?

High popularity, a branded name, and approval from the marketplace aren’t guaranteeing information security. End-to-end encryption and orientation on users’ privacy are those characteristics that ensure the maximum level of data integrity. dSTAR iCommunicator places users’ data integrity first by functioning on the end-to-end encrypted infrastructure and storing as minimum information as possible.

dSTAR asks for access to Contacts, Camera, Microphone, Phone, and few others features. dSTAR’s permissions are strictly regulated by its functionality and aim to minimize the amount of stored data to keep users' communication processes safe and integral. dSTAR is a multi-functional collaboration platform that provides the first-grade security level and which permissions manifest precisely corresponds to its set of functions.

dSTAR respects privacy and doesn’t store more data than it is necessary to provide a continuous and top-tier communication process. dSTAR could be a perfect solution for SMB enterprises since its functionality covers all collaboration needs, which such enterprises could have. It creates a private, protected, and hospitable environment that, nowadays, is a rarity.

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