Are there any concerns with privacy and malware regarding the aftermarket Android launchers? I know I have trust issues and all that, so bear with me if you're snickering already and that 10,000,000+ downloads should tell me there's nothing wrong with them.
I love HTC Sense, but I'm tired of the "Loading" screen popping up of late when exiting certain applications and the launcher having to reload. Are things like GO Launcher and ADW and LauncherPro and Zeam, etc, safe for free use? I'm especially curious of the GO Launcher devs, as they seem to have a lot of quality products, yet all of them are free as well as ad free (bonus). How do they make money? Are they giving these things away through the goodness of their veiled hearts?
I enjoyed using GO Launcher and GO SMS for a day or so until I scared myself into uninstalling it... Am I right to worry about the safety and privacy of information on my phone or am I just being paranoid?