Over the last week or so, I’ve had the opportunity to test a new app called Privacy Blocker from Xeudoxus, one of the great developers in the Android community. All I can say is, that this app couldn’t have come at a better time, especially after that DroidDream malware scare that took the Android world by storm over the last couple of weeks.
So what exactly is Privacy Blocker? It’s brilliant actually. During a time when so many of us care so much about privacy, this app allows you to control that in ways you never dreamed possible. Privacy Blocker lets you scan your entire app collection to see what kinds of information is being accessed and then fix it from doing so if it looks fishy or simply seems like something unnecessary.
You can scan apps individually or batch them and then sit back and watch PB offer you recommendations of items that it stumbled upon. From there, you can tell the app to “fix” anything it found to be a vulnerability. To “fix”, PB appears to uninstall the bad app and either re-package or somehow trick the app on a re-install so that the same information is no longer being accessed.
Backups of apps are made to your SD card, it allows advanced users to fully tweak “fix” values, and as an added bonus, has a pretty UI. This is one heck of a security app if you ask me.
There are 2 versions available right now: one that allows you to scan only, and another that allows you to scan and fix. Privacy Blocker is the full version of the app that allows you to fix and is available for $1.99 (limited time). Privacy Inspector is the version that only lets you scan, but might be a good starting point for many of you.