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NS Mobile APP Permissions?

I was just about to install Norton Security & Antivirus on my Android phone (as part of my 5 device license) when I read the permissions. Why on earth does Norton need to modify my calendar events and send emails to guests without my knowledge? Why does it need to take pictures and videos, change audio settings, send & modify text messages, make phone calls, modify my contacts, & know my location among other things?  I have also trusted Norton but these permissions are freaking me out. Does anyone have an explanation for them?

If it ain't broke, fix it 'til it is!

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Re: NS Mobile APP Permissions?

Some of these permissions seem to be a default installer setting. Not all are actually needed or used. There was another product released some time ago that asked for all kinds of permissions that had absolutely nothing to do with the app's use. I brought this to the attention of Norton and they noted it was some default settings that should have been disabled in the installer.

I can explain a couple of the permissions. Pictures and videos allows NMS to take snapshots as part of the lost device services. You can take a snapshot with the phone's camera and maybe recognize where the phone is located. Location is required to help locate the phone if it is lost. Changing audio settings is so you can send a Scream command to the phone, even if it is muted. The SMS requirements may have something to do with allowing SMS commands to be sent to your phone, again if it is lost.

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Re: NS Mobile APP Permissions?

Thank you. I guess my post was moved here. I believe I did have it posted in the regular Norton Security section. I will look at this again.

If it ain't broke, fix it 'til it is!
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Re: NS Mobile APP Permissions?

Permission : [Feature] Use

Send & Modify text messages: [Anti-theft] Send is used to send SMS command result. e.g. command for locate will return location information back to sender. [Call/SMS Blocking] Modify messages is used in SMS blocking where SMS from blocked contact will be removed without notifying user.

Modify contacts: [Backup] Backup and restore of contacts.

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