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post #11 of 18
Vulnerabilities are not the problem. Pure unadulterated nonsense by the creators of the devices is the problem.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/tech...p-android.html

Everybody wants a monopoly on the phone market so they can be in complete control of the non-sense.
Of course they are simply trying to get to know you better to better fulfill you and make you happier. They totally don't want to know how to control you or manipulate you or anything. Totally.
Edited by Hephasteus - 4/15/11 at 6:17pm
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post #12 of 18
Email I got today

"Dear ########

Thank you for downloading and using the Skype for Android software. Unfortunately, it has come to our attention that if you were to install a malicious third-party application onto your Android device, it could access the locally stored Skype for Android files. These files include cached profile information and your instant message chat history.

We take our users’ privacy very seriously and are working quickly to protect you from this vulnerability, including securing the file permissions on the Skype for Android application. This update will be available shortly and as always we urge you to install updates to benefit from our continuous fixes and improvements.

Until the update is released, to protect your personal information, we advise that you as always take care when selecting which applications to download and install onto your device from the Android Marketplace.

For more information see our Security Blog at blogs.skype.com/security or our security section at skype.com/security.

Adrian Asher
Chief Information Security Officer
Skype Information Security"
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Hey at least they owned up to it and were honest about it. Not always the case when such a vulnerability is exposed.
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post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by The_Punisher View Post
Hey at least they owned up to it and were honest about it. Not always the case when such a vulnerability is exposed.
This is the last program that will be created for android.

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I find most use of smart phones to be social distraction in 9/10 instances.

Example(s):

A) That picture did not need to be sent ASAP.
B) The email you sent off could have waited until Monday.
C) I do not need a tighter leash to those who control my paycheck.
D) Texting has it's advantages and disadvantages. I talk on my phone so people know how I really feel about what I'm trying to get across.
E) An excellent use of a smart phone for social distraction is to elude those of whom you care not to partake conversation with, but I'd rather be witty.
F) Playing games to waste time at the doctor/dentist/administrator's wait room. Ok, yeah that's not a good example but I'm adding it to see if people even read this.
G) Using the device as a tether to a digital world of which we were once able to survive without yet which now rules the lives of many who can't.

Anyways... sucks that it is so easy to be caught up in more ways to lose/have stolen/carelessly share your personal information.

I think I'm going to go watch Network again... cause it has so much to do with this topic.
    
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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.
True that. Dumb phone + netbook w/ data card. Best of both worlds.

as for text messaging
    
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Again, why skype, there are plenty of other ways to do that, you can even make phone calls over wifi that cost you nothing.
Ok... but why not Skype?
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post #18 of 18
Small update, first the problem would only happen if you had malware on your phone...... Second Skype put out a fix for this...
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