PocketPermissions: in the News

PocketPermissions: in the News

PocketPermissions is a bit more famous!

The Atlanta Journal Constitution quotes our Lead Developer and Founder, Patrick Cousins, on security and permissions in an article on Tuesday.

A reporter for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Katie Leslie, read my PocketPermissions security guide online and emailed me asking for an interview. So we chatted last Friday and I explained Android Permissions to her for about 20 minutes. The article is actually a pretty well-rounded piece, with quotes from lots of Android and iPhone developers and security specialists. Worth a read if you have the time.

Here’s a link to the article:

PRIVACY: The downside to mobile apps

And here is the quote:

Mobile security experts said there are a couple of things users can do to protect themselves. Patrick Cousins, an application developer and blogger, said the most important thing is to vet the applications, read the reviews and check out user comments, he said.

“It’s all about context. It’s OK to give Internet access to some applications if you can see a valid use for it,” Cousins said. “If I download a game of checkers and it wants access to all my contacts, that wouldn’t make a whole lot of sense in context. It doesn’t need to read contacts for me to play checkers.”

Also, just wanted to post that I’m working on the tablet version and hopefully it will be out soon (now that Google’s compatibility library is fixed)

Here’s a preview:
PocketPermissions Honeycomb Preview