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I downloaded a security app to my Kindle Fire a few months ago, (in this case Norton Mobile Security), and I am doubting it's authenticity now.

Why? Because of these reasons:

Reason 1: The 5-star ratings largely consist of ratings with the title "Five Stars".

Reason 2: The developer's name is "Norton By Symantec", while it would make more sense for it to just be "Symantec".

Reason 3: The ridiculous amount of permissions, including these:

A: Read the user's contacts data

B: Read the low-level system log files

C: Initiate a phone call without going through the Dialer user interface for the user to confirm the call being placed

D: Read SMS messages

E: Modify of the telephony state - power on, mmi, etc

F: Write (but not read) the user's calendar data

G: Discover and pair bluetooth devices

H: Open windows using the type TYPE_SYSTEM_ALERT, shown on top of all other applications

I: Read the user's calendar data

J: Get notified that the operating system has finished booting

K: Write to external storage

Reason 4: The fact that the software is "Free".

Summary: Should I remove (or force stop) it?

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  • Because I hear that standard Norton Security also takes a lot of information, though, ok I will remove it.
    – Zopesconk
    Commented Oct 1, 2016 at 3:55
  • A little research goes a long way. You provided your own guidance to your answers: Reason 1: On the app page, all reviews show real titles Reason 2: If you go to the official Norton site, it shows "Norton by Symantec". Reason 3: If you compare these permissions to any other AV package, you will note that they are the same. Reason 4: There are tons of free AV packages.
    – schroeder
    Commented Oct 1, 2016 at 6:52
  • Android wasn't designed with antiviruses in mind and generally don't add much value. The Norton one is well-ranked, though ultimately probaby useless for most general users.
    – Jedi
    Commented Oct 1, 2016 at 18:39

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