Edward Snowdens Back With an App

first_img Android Ransomware Pretends to Be Reddit PornGeek Pick: Abode iota Is an All-In-One Security Kit Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Privacy advocate (and some would say national hero) Edward Snowden is back in the limelight thanks to a new security app.Snowden, who blew the whistle on the NSA’s illegal surveillance practices, has partnered with the Freedom of the Press Foundation to develop a new app dubbed “Haven.” It’s meant to turn a spare Android phone into a powerful personal security system.The app transforms your phone into an intelligent listening device. You place this anywhere you want to secure, and Haven will listen in. If it detects someone, it will turn on the camera to record the intruder. It also uses the phone’s other features and hardware — like the accelerometer — to detect movement or whether the phone’s been messed with. All of this gets sent to your primary phone via encrypted messaging app Signal, so you can be appraised of the situation as it develops.AdChoices广告“Imagine if you had a guard dog you could take with you to any hotel room and leave it in your room when you’re not there,” Snowden told WIRED. “The real idea is to establish that the physical spaces around you can be trusted.”Snowden’s purpose for this app is to protect people against more physical threats. Much of your strongest cybersecurity can be circumvented by anyone with physical access to your devices. Using a specialized and motion-sensitive system to monitor a precious computer or location from physical intrusion is… well, a step probably too far for most, but definitely smart.This system is also far cheaper than a total home security system — especially one with these sorts of features. You can imagine, though, that the intended users are well people like me. I travel a fair bit, and I report on cybersecurity. That makes me a rather frequent target. I’m not terribly concerned most of the time, but if I got advance warning of something, as I have in the past, I don’t see why this wouldn’t be a fantastic option.Outside of that specific use, though, Haven could help teens keep tabs on intrusive parents — which could be huge if the parents are abusive, say. It could also help as a defense against stalkers, for instance. That could be huge in itself, though. Such a simple, cheap, secure, and potentially effective means of personal security is a great resource.If you’re interested, check it out. No paranoia necessary.last_img read more