PRIVACY Posts on XDA

Is Privacy a Privilege? Blackberry Thinks So

This year, we finally received a long-rumored Android device from Blackberry. Aside from the hardware uniqueness, the Blackberry Priv boasted some other features that would make the Priv worth owning. According to Blackberry, and written right on the box, the name “Priv” stands for privacy and privilege. The CEO of Blackberry, John Chen, has repeatedly stressed...

Setting up Android Marshmallow, without Google

It's that time of year again - the Android fairy has sprinkled its dust across Nexus devices around the world, and Android M (6.0) is here! Alas though, with every new version of Android, the deep level of integration with Google services has increased. While, for the most part, Google are good at keeping their AOSP...

Privacy War – Shots Fired by Apple at WWDC

The battle between users and companies over privacy is getting pretty hot. Only a couple of weeks ago, at Google I/O, we were hearing how Android "M" would add optional permissions to Android (one of the most sought-after features on the platform for several years). Indeed, this is something which originated on the iOS platform,...

Google Launches New Privacy and Security Hub

Google has announced the launch of two large improvements to their privacy and security tools. These include a new hub that allows you to manage all your Google settings called 'My Account' and new site to answer any of your Google related privacy and security questions.   At Google I/O they announced that they will be giving people...

XPrivacy for Android Lollipop – XDA Xposed Tuesday

Have you ever been on the Google Play Store and saw an app that you wanted to try, but the sheer amount of permissions put you off? Why does a LED Color app need access to my calendar? Sometimes app developers tell you that it’s because of the ads. However, other times, apps don’t explain...

WiFi Data Leaks and Prevention

Got a device capable of connecting to WiFi networks? The answer is most probably "yes". In that case, you should know that it's most probably leaking potentially private information. Keep reading if you're interested in knowing what is being leaked and how to prevent it. When your device is fully asleep, your WiFi chip leaks two...

Cross-Platform Encrypted Messaging with Signal 2.0

Privacy and security are two increasingly important factors in today's globalized world, and with the surge of internet spying by government agencies and third parties, wiretaps are an everyday thing that don't just concern James Bond anymore. Encryption made its way to the semi-mainstream messaging world with the Telegram platform, but while millions flocked to it,...

Casualty Report: The War for Privacy

Like any war,  the war for privacy has seen battles won and lost on both sides. Everyday the news mentions a new violation and likewise developers find better methods of keeping their privacy. With no end in sight many of us are wondering just whether we, the public, are winning. Following the attacks in Paris last month,...

Fingerprint Authentication – Just a Plain Bad Idea

A growing number of smartphones are adding fingerprint reading hardware, to attempt to add a differentiating factor in an increasingly crowded marketplace, and to attempt to offer users more convenient security features. The Motorola Atrix 4G stole the show at CES 2011, as the first modern smartphone to feature a fingerprint reader (there were previous...

Protect Your Privacy with Krypton Web Browser

In recent years, we've heard quite a bit of various government agencies breaching their users' privacy. In addition to national surveillance, Google and other large corporations collect data from users to generate revenue by personalizing and better targeting ads. To the privacy conscious, this is undoubtedly a concerning trend. As such, many developers have decided...

Help Protect and Secure Your Sensitive Data With Droid Protector

Privacy and security are always a concern when it comes to mobile devices, and many of us probably have something or other stored or installed that we'd like to protect and keep from prying eyes or curious children. This can take the form of a certain app or set of applications that you don't want just anyone...

Protecting Your Privacy: App Ops, Privacy Guard, and XPrivacy

After yesterday's article about Google's recent changes to the Play Store that post a number of privacy concerns for users, today we are going to look at the three most popular options for users to protect their own privacy on their Android devices. First though, let's take a look at how they work, and what they are for. Why...
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