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#1 md5hash

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 05:11 PM

https://pay.reddit.c...picious_by_xda/

 

As read on reddit. I'm not trying to spread FUD, and Kingo offers an explanation (on facebook), apology, and promise that the IMEI collection will be removed from the next version.

 

However the Reddit thread does rightfully  mention that it's extremely suspicious that any rooting app would require internet access to work. We'd prefer to have the root method stored locally in the download so we can tell what it's doing.

 

 


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#2 BoгИX

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 07:46 PM

I knew that app looked fishy. Called it weeks ago!

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#3 xonone

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 08:26 PM

Ya, it did look fishy. A root method for all phones ,locked or unlocked bootloader. Nope! Sent via SCH-I925U Note 10.1 LTE

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#4 Shelby04861

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 08:40 PM

I think it may have been blown out of proportion a little. They explain why they gain internet access and take your phones information. It is to verify the type of phone and download and install the needed drivers. I know this is supposed to be a simple program to use and that is just one step. I see where people have just cause for concern as well though. They did respond saying they would remove that part in the next update though. In their defense though, how many times do we have to spoon feed people the right drivers for their phone. I think think it was intended for the people who have the inability to dona simple Google search for "Samsung galaxy s4 drivers" etc. How many times have we seen that.

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#5 Holden45

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 08:58 PM

I think it may have been blown out of proportion a little. They explain why they gain internet access and take your phones information. It is to verify the type of phone and download and install the needed drivers. I know this is supposed to be a simple program to use and that is just one step. I see where people have just cause for concern as well though. They did respond saying they would remove that part in the next update though. In their defense though, how many times do we have to spoon feed people the right drivers for their phone. I think think it was intended for the people who have the inability to dona simple Google search for "Samsung galaxy s4 drivers" etc. How many times have we seen that.

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I'm with you on this one. Yes some parts do seem fishy but how else could it know exactly what phone and drivers to download for along with successfully root your phone. Do I wish I notice on their site was posted Absolutely. Time will tell I suppose.

#6 VIthe3rd

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 10:49 PM

I really don't care. So maybe some info was taken when I rooted. To be honest it was a easy way to root and disable all the bloat ware apps. And if you really think about it USCC, Face Book, Google and your bank has more info you that you freely give to them every day than this program could have taken in 15 mins. Even if it was disclosed that this info was going to be taken in the TOS, you would have zipped through it and accepted it anyway.


Edited by VIthe3rd, 07 November 2013 - 10:50 PM.

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#7 iRub1Out

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 11:59 PM

Lol. So true.

Besides, if they REALLY wanna be nosy about my usage... They're going to be a lot more uncomfortable than me if its brought up publicly.

Want it? Take it. You'll look away soon enough. Lol

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