1. UndergroundWire's Avatar
    Every week we are always reading about how Google pulled an X amount of Apps off the Android Market due to malware. Some say it's time for Google to implement a review process for apps. However that goes against Android being truly open.

    My solution is quite simple. During the initial setup of the phone, users are asked for there Gmail, exchange information, Twitter and Facebook social logins. Why not throw one more thing in? When the Android Market is first launched on the device, the user will be prompted for a creation of a password (or it can be the same one as the Gmail password) so that if an app is requesting some permission that is deemed high risk by Google, the user will be prompted to type in the password.

    Now when a user is installs some app (legit or not) that requests these permissions, they will be prompted for a password because these permissions are being granted.

    Google can also explain what each permission is and ask the user to review these permissions before they install.

    Normally we are prompted for a change in permission if it is an upgrade or to review the permissions on a new install. However, most users are trigger happy and don't bother reading. They just click next.

    If they are prompted with a password with a big exclamation mark, that should minimize installs of rogue apps.

    What do you think?
    06-14-2011 06:02 AM