There's good news for consumers concerned about their personal privacy, as SnoopWall just launched its Android App at CES 2014. The company is the first-of-its kind in providing counter surveillance anti-spyware software to protect consumers, families and businesses from cyber-security threats and privacy invasions of their personal computers and mobile devices. Since last year’s National Security Agency’s scandals, triggered by contractor turned whistleblower Edward Snowden, the app gets unsurprisingly a lot of attention.
SnoopWall’s app blocks automatically eavesdropping in real-time, protects your webcam, microphone, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, Wi-Fi and other high risk data ports. Even better, there are no updates necessary for SnoopWall to stop new Zero-Day Malware and Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs).
A well-publicized article from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) a month ago, described a "massive privacy problem," caused by Google's removal of its App Opps feature that gave Android users fine-grained control over App permissions. In this article, EFF's Peter Eckersley depicts the disappearance of App Ops as "alarming news for Android users," saying that Google's move forces users "to choose between either privacy or security on the Android devices, but not both."
SnoopWall could be a good solution, as it addresses the Google privacy problem through easy to use Apps Permissions controls that let users manage which permissions to give or deny to each Application on their Google Android device. This privacy and security feature lets users disable the ability of individual Apps to access sensitive, personally identifiable information such as geographic location and address book data.
Take a look at SnoopWall for Android features and benefits:
- Quick and easy to install – deploys on device in 30 seconds or less;
- Compatible with Google Android platforms, phones, devices and tablets;
- Finds out what every Application is doing, which are spying on you, and helps maintain personal privacy through easy Apps Permissions controls;
- Alerts users of existing harmful and potentially harmful programs and Apps;
- Protection against spying, snooping and stealing for Android devices;
- Blocks cyber intrusion with revolutionary spyware blocking technology;
- Protects all high-risk data ports (webcam, microphone, GPS, wireless, Bluetooth, etc.) from the latest, most dangerous malware;
- Understand risks with real-time privacy meter;
- Frees up memory and extends battery life.
"We're thrilled to launch SnoopWall for Android – proudly made in the USA," said Gary S. Miliefsky, President of SnoopWall and a founding member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. "From recent news of the FTC crackdown on one of the most popular flashlight Android Apps to widespread public dissatisfaction with Google's App privacy limitations; and from advertisers spying on consumers to the cyber snoop who illicitly gained remote access to Miss Teen USA's webcam and attempted to cyber-extort her -- it's time we took control of these devices to reclaim our privacy!"
Although smartphones are a personal mean for an efficient and convenient way to access, find and share information, 96% of smartphones currently still do not have pre-installed security software. This lack in security is an opportunity for malicious cyber attackers to hack into the various devices that are popular. And Android users are particularly vulnerable to privacy threats, as recent research reveals: Of the top 100 Android apps, 56 accessed device ID, contact lists and/or location data; and 60% of infected mobile devices are Android smartphones, with the number of Android malware samples increasing by 72% in Q3 over Q2 2013.
While "end-point" security products such as anti-virus and firewall software provide a degree of protection, cyber crooks and snoops can easily access mobile devices through open data ports and nasty new malware/spyware hidden in "trusted" Apps.
SnoopWall's patent-pending "counterveillance" technology provides Data Leakage Prevention (DLP), threat prevention and privacy assurance, as well as Apps Permissions management and policy-based granular controls (via API/SDK) through offerings that will appeal to consumers, enterprises and governments, and those that serve them. The revolutionary anti-spyware software flags and prevents cyber security threats and also functions as a "port authority" - detecting and blocking remote control, spying and eavesdropping through attempted intrusions into cameras, webcams, microphones, GPS, USB, other ports of entry on computers, smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices.
SnoopWall for Android is the company's first product that is now available as a free download from the Google Play Store. However, additional products providing privacy for computers, phones and other mobile devices running on the Apple iOS and Microsoft Windows platforms are in development.