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One specific piece of data you can access with the "Phone State" permission is the IMEI/IMSI of your phone/sim card. This number is used to identify your device for target-ads (so the ad provider could tell whether you've already seen an ad). Since showing ads is a common business model in mobile apps, the "Phone State" permission being requested is as well ...


The dangers are the same with logging in as root in any system. Suppose a malware has found a way to bypass UAC, what can it do? If you're logged in as administrator/root pretty much everything it could ever want to do can be done. On the other hand if you're logged in with a normal user all it can do is corrupt/infect the users files in the users home and ...

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