Well, in the course of upgrading to a phone that doesn’t require tape to keep the battery cover on, I went with a major supplier’s leader. (BTW, if you’re looking for me to say that I stayed with T-Mobile, forget it. They continue to amaze me with their business prevention department.)
But that’s not the topic here. If you haven't noticed, though the "...there's an app for that..." promo is over, there is no end to the number and variety of applications now available for just about every type of mobile device.
Today, I’m just getting the word out to a few folks who, like me, may have upgraded, or have loaded apps on their phone and allowed “automatic update.” This applies to every OS I can think of and it’s pretty important.
Many new apps – and upgrades of older ones – now try to blow a high hard one past you like Ricky Vaughn. They bury an acceptance in the “other” or “see all” category. It’s worded a number of ways (after you drill down that deep) and may say “phone access” or “line access” or just phone…but if you dig a little deeper, you’ll find that the app can ask your phone for its serial number, its phone number and the numbers of anyone you may be talking to while that app is in use.
In other words, you download say, a YouTube viewer. It’s custom and you love it because there are no additional ads, it has great controls, and, hey, maybe even the colors are your favorites. But, when you open it, it will phone home with info you your phone and your number. And if you get a call in the middle of a video, it’ll get that number too.
To be fair, they are telling us. But you really have to look for it.
Frankly, not too cool. This is especially true since updates can slip this info by you, especially if you’ve set any apps to update automatically.
So I’m taking a closer look at everything, and I went back and reviewed all on my phone. Someone tell me why a game like backgammon has to know my phone’s serial number, my phone number and who I’m calling or who’s calling me. I actually lucked out. I saw this as I transferred data and apps to my new phone.
Now what concerns me is (are) all the folks out there calling me with these apps on their phones. I guess it’s no big deal. I don’t have a bookie; I don’t do billion dollar deals on a cell phone, and, what else, well, nothing blackmailable so I guess I shouldn’t worry. But just the thought that some clown can page through his phone-homes and see who’s calling me is a bother.
Do as you wish – address or ignore. But, if you ignore this, please tell me you did so the next time we talk.