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How to know what apps track you and what permissions they have

At this point, say that the applications you install on your mobile track you is not a secret. The developers,…

How to know what apps track you and what permissions they have

At this point, say that the applications you install on your mobile track you is not a secret. The developers, with few exceptions, have access to a wide range of analytics that allow monitor the use that your “clients” make of their apps , something that is done through different trackers (or trackers). It is difficult to know what each application uses, since it depends on what services it offers and how it has been developed, but today, thanks to an app, you can discover it.

The app is called Exodus and can be downloaded from F-Droid and Google Play. It has been developed by Exodus Privacy, a non-profit organization created by hacktivists french that, through your app, allow you to carry out a “Privacy audit for Android applications” . Its operation is extremely simple , as you can see in the following lines.

Exodus, do a privacy audit of the apps installed on your Android

Exodus Privacy lets you know what trackers are installed in the apps you use on your mobile and what permissions they have access to. How does it work? You just have to install it and let her analyze all your apps and games . As you can see in the screenshots above, the application installer says that it is not safe, but nothing is further from reality. You can install it without any fear.

When the analysis is finished, next to each app will show you how many crawlers are embedded in each APK and what permissions are granted . PUBG Mobile, for example, has 7 trackers and 19 permissions. The new Harry Potter game has 10 trackers and 11 permissions, WhatsAp has 1 and 51, respectively, etc. If you click on any application you can access your file , where they are detailed what trackers are exactly and what are the permissions that you have.

If you do not trust Exodus you can check the source code of the app from here . This will verify that it is free of any type of malware or malicious code.

You will see that, next to the app’s icon, there is a link that starts with reports.exodus. If you press it you will be able to check the full report , in which they link you to the web of the trackers so you can research more about them, they show you apps that use the same trawlers and they tell you how dangerous are the permissions you have granted to the app in question . So, with all the data on the table, You can act accordingly and recover your privacy.

Exodus, who only works with apps downloaded from Google Play , can be downloaded completely free of charge in both F-Droid like in Google apps store . I invite you to take a look and see how “private” your apps are.

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