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New Firewall May Protect Against Unwanted Location Tracking on Androids

 

As both bloggers and politicans have been up in arms about the unauthorized location tracking on Apple's iPhones, it's time to take a look at our own Android backyard. For those of you worried about privacy issues on your Android phones, a new software called WhisperMonitor can encrypt all your location data safe from Google and potential hackers. 

WhisperMonitor is a firewall that is supposed to provide you with the tools to monitor what data is being saved and sent from your phone without your knowledge. Remember having to grant all those pesky permissions before downloading an app? Well, now you can keep track of when and why an app is using your location. If you feel uncomfortable with an app sending out your location information, you can block specific apps without having to turn off your location tracking altogether. Judging from the developers description of the software, it looks very customizable and user-friendly. Unfortunately, the WhisperMonitor software is only avaible for the Nexus One and Nexus S for the moment. Some people may be more concerned about their privacy than others, but this software will help you sleep peacefully at night. 

Source: The Register

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