How to hide contacts on your phone from unwanted apps

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Some appli­ca­tions on your smart­phone refuse to work until you grant them access to your con­tact list. As a rule, devel­op­ers explain such a require­ment by some objec­tive rea­son. But you often can­not check their hon­esty. Data about your con­tact list can be sold to third par­ties, or sim­ply stolen.

For­tu­nate­ly, there is a tool that allows you to cheat the sys­tem. You can use the appli­ca­tion of inter­est with­out giv­ing it real access to your con­tact list. Instead, the appli­ca­tion will receive a dum­my list con­tain­ing noth­ing of val­ue.

It’s about the app. Open­Con­tacts. It cre­ates an iso­lat­ed list of con­tacts, hid­den from the atten­tion of oth­er appli­ca­tions. Real con­tacts are stored else­where while apps access the dum­my.

The tool is good because it pro­tects con­tacts from both appli­ca­tions that ask per­mis­sion for access, and from poten­tial spy­ware that acts with­out the user’s knowl­edge.

The Open­Con­tacts app itself is open source, so it’s safe to use. To install the appli­ca­tion, you need to down­load and install the APK file on your phone using the link above.



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