Tech Tips Home
The Best Tech Tips And Daily Deals
Newsletter On The Internet!

WorldStart Tech Tip And Store Search
Email: Password: Login Remember Me
looking for freeware

Like what you see here? Subscribe to the Tech Tips newsletter!   Email: Subscribe

App Permissions Can Empty Your Wallet

Saturday, March 15th, 2014 by | Filed Under: Android, Security Help, Smartphones

Allowing the wrong permissions in an app can cost you a lot of money.

Avast security says it’s found an App in the Google Play store that can empty your wallet. The app is called Cmara Vision Nocturna or Night Vision and promises to enable your phone camera to see at night.

But according to Avast, what this app actually does is help itself to your money. They point out some unusual permissions for this app. It’s only supposed to work with your camera, but it asks for permission to access your account and to write SMS. Two things which shouldn’t be required of a simple camera app. What these permissions permit it to do is get phone numbers from messaging apps and then proceeds to subscribe them to a an expensive messaging service. 

You’ll be charged almost $3 for that, but that’s not all. The app can then keep sending these messages until you owe up to $50 a month.

If you happened to download this particular app, you may want to get rid of it now. 

As we discussed in an earlier article, a large number of both Apple and Android apps have troubling permissions that could pose security risks.

Though many of us just tap and accept app permissions without reading them, it’s a good idea to actually read the permissions and ask yourself if there’s a reason this app needs to access your accounts, your text messages or your location.

Keep an eye out for permissions that read your contact data. Unless it’s a messaging app or an app with a social component, there’s no need for it.  If an app wants to use SMS or MMS permissions, be cautious. If it’s not a messaging app, it doesn’t need to access those functions. Another thing to look out for is location. Some apps need that information, but if there’s not a good reason that app needs to know where you are, think twice about accepting those permissions.

Right now there’s no easy way to selectively choose which permission you want to permit in an app. If you aren’t comfortable with what an app wants to access on your phone, your best bet is not to install that app at all.

~ Cynthia

Tags: , , ,

One Response to “App Permissions Can Empty Your Wallet”

  1. Shanker says:

    Hi Cynthia,

    Thanks for this important Warning!

    But, what is shocking is that both Apple & Google allow such cheats in their store. Buyers do not expect such a negligence in their marketing.

Leave a Reply

Like these tips? Get them for FREE in your email!

WorldStart's Tech Tips Newsletter

  • Tech Tips Daily - Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

  • Tech Tips Weekly - If you don't want our Tech Tips newsletter every day, then sign up for this weekly newsletter to get the best information of the week. Sent on Fridays.

Other Newsletters

  • WorldStart's Daily Deals - Every week, we send out great deals in our Daily Deals newsletter. Many of these deals are exclusively for our Daily Deals newsletter subscribers and can't be found with our regular specials.

  • Just For Grins - Each issue includes a couple clean jokes, some funny quotes, and a hilarious reader's story. Newsletter is sent five days a week.

Enter Email Address:


Your e-mail address is safe with us!
We only use it to send you the newsletters you request. It is NEVER disclosed to a third party for any reason, ever! Plus, if you decided you don't like our newsletters (don't worry, you'll love them), unsubscribing is fast and easy.

Free Newsletter Signup

Tech Tips Daily

Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

Tech Tips Weekly

The week's best in tech and computer help. Get your issue sent to your email every Friday!

WorldStart's Daily Deals

The very best deals on the Internet! Get a new set of incredible sales every day of the week!

Just For Grins

Clean jokes, funny quotes, and hilarious comics. Sent 5 times a week straight to your email.


Love Worldstart? Refer A Friend!

looking for freeware
WorldStart's Premium Membership

Tip Archive