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Why does CM Security say Firefox and Firefox Beta are dangerous?
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That page seems to rate the different permissions you have to give the app. I don't know how they come up with the ratings, but if you look at the permissions in red and orange, you can decide whether you want your browser to be able to do those things.
Thank you for your answer. I guess my next two questions are: 1) I think lots of apps require permissions; why does Clean Master security just kick up these two? 2) I thought Mozilla was all about privacy and security, so why does it need all these thing; should I use some other browser or something?
I just read the privacy section on Mozilla support, which pretty much says these Firefox permissions won't be misused. I haven't seen "CitizenFour" yet. Are Mozilla still the good guys they used to be, when my son told me not to use IE, and to use Firefox?
Modified by 44blue
I'm not sure how CM works. What do you get if you check Google Chrome's permissions?
Some of Firefox's features require permissions that CM considers "high risk" such as adding a bookmark to your device home screen, or importing bookmarks from the stock browser. I don't think Android has a way to selectively deny permissions to an app; maybe in Android 5?
Thanks. It doesn't say anything about Chrome, or any other app or brower except the 2 Firefoxes, which seems strange to me. Why would it arbitrarily pick Firefox, when I have IE (or whatever that blue world one is), Chrome, Duck Duck Go + all those Google things like Play Store andTalk. It doesn't bring them, or anything except Firefox. Maybe it's just not a good app? CleanMaster and its offshoots?
Well, to say the least, anti-virus applications try to protect you from everything, and CM is just being paranoid/overprotective. It just let's you know when an application has access to sensitive information, like contacts or something, which Firefox and Chrome and other Web browsers need permission to view contacts in your device for a feature like email or something or sharing.
I still think CM and all of it's shoots are good-better to be over sensitive than under sensitive to programs that access some "private" things in your phone/computer (like contacts or SD card to save images from online)
And, if you would like an operating system that can block permissions for apps, CyanogenMod 11 and later has this implemented into their operating system. e.g. An app has the permission to access contacts, you can block that access in settings in CyanogenMod (11). CyanogenMod is also good because it is just the open-source android with some privacy implementations and less Google. P.S. CyanogenMod is an operating system (like windows) that is basically android that you can download from the Internet onto your phone to make it act differently. Yah, it requires a tech person to do
Modified by Ererer
I don't have the qualifications to understand your excellent third paragraph.
Regarding your second - it is not oversensitive. It doesn't bring up Chrome or any single thing except Foxfire!
Maybe it's just lame?
Thanks for replying.
Modified by 44blue
Hmm, I installed https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cleanmaster.security and ran a scan and it didn't mention anything about Firefox or any other apps. It wanted to clean history, cache, insecure wi-fi, etc. Maybe your app settings are a bit different than the defaults.