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Help Protect and Secure Your Sensitive Data With Droid Protector

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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 to be able to access, or even–dare I say it–some revealing photos that you no longer trust to the cloud. If that sounds at all familiar then fear not, there are a few ways you can help to maintain your security and privacy by restricting access to your device content.

XDA Forum Member 1tek has developed an application that does just this called Droid Protector. The app will all. . . READ ON »

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

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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 Should I Care?

Since the start, Android has had a permissions system, to allow users to control what apps are able to do on their device. When an application is installed, the user is prompted to agree to the permissions that an app requires. The Android operating system ensures apps cannot use permissions they have not requested, and the user is responsible for deci. . . READ ON »

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Telstra Giving FBI Access to Australian Calls, Emails, and Online Messages

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Looks like even we Australians haven’t been able to stay clear from the unprecedented, mass surveillance that Americans have been subjected to, as The Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) has revealed today. It may or may not come as a shock that Australia’s largest telecommunications company Telstra has had a secret pact with the US intelligence agencies for at least a decade, obliging Telstra to store mass volumes of communication data of Australians for potential investigations by the US in the future.

An agreement penned when 50.1 percent of Telstra was still owned by the Australian Federal Government, it obliged Telstra to meet the demands of the FBI and Justice Department to “provide . . . READ ON »

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Which App is Tracking You?

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Privacy has always been a concern, and has somewhat heightened by recent revelations. And although I doubt any government would resort to using apps to ‘maintain national security,’ there are still dodgy ‘developers’ out there you need to look out for. So to help out with that, XDA Senior Member jacksparao introduced Who is Tracking.

Who is Tracking generates a list of apps that have some form of network access on your device. This means Who is Tracking will display any apps that have access to your device via Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, and your mobile network, allowing you to spot and act on anything that just doesn’t seem right. In addition, Who is Tracking has a ‘Test An. . . READ ON »

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Manage Individual App Permissions with XPrivacy

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There’s no denying that privacy is a huge concern for a large number of mobile users across all operating systems. Short of smashing your wireless router and trading down to a 3310 that’s kept in a lead-lined box until you need to make a call, it can be incredibly difficult to keep track of where, when, and to whom your personal information is divulged.

Android applications require various permissions, which you are no doubt familiar with by now. Most require these for valid reasons. Some, however, may take advantage of a particular permission and use it to do something you might not be aware of or have expected. Apart from installing only applications that you absolutely need and trust, the best w. . . READ ON »

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Android Permissions: Permissively Insecure?

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Android, as an operating system, is fairly unique in that it makes users aware of the permissions available to apps in a fairly transparent way. Compared to Blackberry or iOS, which issue granular prompts such as “Can Angry Birds access your location?” or “Can Instagram access your camera to take photos?” There is a somewhat subtle difference here: The rivals give the user a choice about these requests.

Jump over to Android where, after installing an app, it has free reign to use every permission you agreed to. While this doesn’t sound an issue, let’s take a look at the Play Store. Let’s look at a nice, popular app (for better or for worse): Facebook.

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