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Inside the Skype data directory is a folder with the same name as your Skype username, and it’s here where Skype stores your contacts, your profile, your instant message logs, and more in a number of sqlite3 databases.
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Not the first time I've been glad I own a "dumb-phone." In my own research, I've found that your email address and password are stored in plaintext and can be easily accessed on rooted phones, so this doesn't really come as a surprise to me. I'm actually surprised there aren't more rogue apps out there that take advantage of this kind of thing. Job security for me though.
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Best thing to do is have remote wipe app in case your phone gets stolen or lost. I love my Android smart phone.
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No big deal, if I lost my phone, which I will know right away as Im on it constantly, I can remotely disable, lock, wipe, and kill my phone by emailing it, sending a text, or initiating a connection via my wiping app

I can also retrieve nearby wireless networks, GPS coordinates, if the SIM was changed or removed, and turn it off on command. Remotely.
 
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post #4 of 18
...and there will be an update released in a few hours that fixes all of these problem. All this is is a sensational article, nothing more.
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Not the first time I've been glad I own a "dumb-phone." In my own research, I've found that your email address and password are stored in plaintext and can be easily accessed on rooted phones, so this doesn't really come as a surprise to me. I'm actually surprised there aren't more rogue apps out there that take advantage of this kind of thing. Job security for me though.
Their still protected by superuser(or they should be at least)? Nonetheless, once google hears anything about a rouge app its taken down and remotely deleted. I think I'm pretty safe with my android phone
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Best thing to do is have remote wipe app in case your phone gets stolen or lost. I love my Android smart phone.
If I remember correctly there is a free application that can do this, plus HTC has implemented a similar thing as well(you can make your phone ring if you can't find it )
post #5 of 18
Exactly the reason why Skype gets removed when I root my phone... who uses skype anyway?
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Not the first time I've been glad I own a "dumb-phone." In my own research, I've found that your email address and password are stored in plaintext and can be easily accessed on rooted phones, so this doesn't really come as a surprise to me. I'm actually surprised there aren't more rogue apps out there that take advantage of this kind of thing. Job security for me though.
Rooting gives you super user access, not apps.

The problem is Skype killed off all the good apps using the API and released their POS app with no encryption of user data.
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Exactly the reason why Skype gets removed when I root my phone... who uses skype anyway?
Me, to make and receive calls from countries outside the United States for FREE.
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Me, to make and receive calls from countries outside the United States for FREE.
Again, why skype, there are plenty of other ways to do that, you can even make phone calls over wifi that cost you nothing.
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One reason why I don't have skype on my phone. Not only that, but I only install apps that don't have tracking features anyway just to be safe.
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One reason why I don't have skype on my phone. Not only that, but I only install apps that don't have tracking features anyway just to be safe.
Droidwall, its your friend. Even if a game has tracking, I just block it from being able to communicate via any source and bing, we be done.
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