Facebook for Android Requires SMS Access and More – Isn’t that a Bit Risky!
Out of the hundreds of thousands of apps on the Store there are a good number that request access to the most sensible info stored in your Android device. That is including SMS or phone calls. But those you can mostly avoid. When it comes to the Official Facebook for Android app – that is a bit hard to do.
Should we trust the good intentions of the Facebook app developers? Good question. Thing s they found an explanation for every request in terms of permissions. How about explaining this: Why the iOS app does not require SMS access. In any case that is not the only motive for concern. There are a lot of permissions that may seem troubling to most.
We require SMS access for “if you add a phone number to your account, this allows us to confirm your phone number automatically by finding the confirmation code that we send via text message”. And calendar info for “the app to show your calendar availability (based on your phone s calendar) when you re viewing an event on Facebook”. W get it but how about the counterparts on other platforms working just fine without them. At least they improved the app by adding two-factor authentication that provides an extra level of security. Still that doesn’t make me comfortable using it.
Yet another worrying aspect comes straight from security solutions developer Kaspersky. According to them Facebook’s goal is to spy on Android users for their own purposes. And even with some of the permissions explained, a lot still remain unanswered. Such being the case I wonder how may users still trust the social network app makers in such a manner as to use the official Facebook app. If you do you can download it from here.