“Now that Facebook has pushed their new Messenger app on the public, some semi-scary info has come out in the form of what the app actually has access to,” Take To Task writes. “It also highlights iOS’ security model vs. Android’s security model”
“Android’s security model is simple. When you go to download something, you’re provided with a list of items the app wants access to. You have to agree to that. It’s an “umbrella” agreement, meaning a yes is a yes to all. It now can do many of the things in that scary Huffington Post list. The end. The way to avoid the problem is to not download the app,” Take To Task explains. “iOS has a much more… à la carte security model. You are presented with a dialog box that Messenger wants access to your *whatever*. You then have to explicitly give an ok there, or you can deny it if you accidentally hit ok in the Messenger app. So, Messenger can only access things IF you have given it access TWICE. Things that Facebook generally wants access to include photos (can’t submit a photo if it can’t get to them), contacts, etc. If you’re like me, you say yes to the photos, but no to the contacts. I like that level of control to my security.”
“Android is more like openness and freedom, whereas iOS is more like a walled-garden or gated community,” Take To Task writes. “Last time I checked, however, many people actually want to be, and pay for, a safer, gated community. I’m in the latter camp AND I’m an IT guy.”
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