On a rainy day with multiple accidents and horrible traffic, my friend activated Waze on her iPhone and we navigated flawlessly to the end of our 29 mile journey without traffic and in great time. I was very impressed with Waze, a free, community-based traffic & navigation app that worked beautifully for us that day. With an upcoming long drive during rush hour traffic, I went to download Waze on my Android phone. Ouch! I was quickly disappointed when I realized I couldn’t risk downloading the helpful free app onto my device.
Take a look at the screenshot I captured below:
I was shocked to discover all the invasive access I’d need to give Waze in order to avoid traffic! ACCEPT? No!!! I can accept Waze needing my device’s location to guide me through traffic, but I cannot accept the other permissions listed above. Give them access to my contacts, photos, audio, video, camera or microphone? Nope, I don’t think so! Give them the ability to use my SMS or MMS? Absolutely not! Give them access to my ID and call information? No way!
Please interpret this short post as a reminder to be vigilant about every single app you install or download onto any of your devices. (Click on hyperlink for an additional article) Waze is not alone in the liberties it takes with user information and data.
So, it looks like I’ll be relying on good old-fashioned common sense and radio traffic reports when I embark on my upcoming long drive in peak traffic. That’s okay – I’ll be listening to good music and enjoying the time away from my computer.
Until next time,… Stay Cyber Safe!