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CyanogenMod Introduces CM Account, Privacy and Security for Your Phone

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Google may have just launched the Android Device Manager last week to help you find your lost Android if it ever comes to that, but the CyanogenMod team felt they could do better. The CM team has put together CyanogenMod Account, an end-to-end encrypted app that users can opt into once it starts rolling out, that allows CM to track your device and help you recover it or wipe/flash it if you can’t get to it in time. 

The first concern that CyanogenMod wanted to address was to assure to everyone that they wouldn’t be selling their data to anyone. The service is going to be optional as well for those who don’t feel comfortable giving up that much information. Other than explaining its end-to-end encryption, Team Douche hasn’t explained the system all that much, but you can expect a comprehensive, well working service. Since this is a large change, the team won’t be rolling this feature out in nightlies just yet. They have pushed Account to their code and are allowing developers to put it together and test it on their own before it goes live.

Will you opt into this service when you get it on your device?

Via: CyanogenMod

  • Grasshopper239

    http:\cyngn.com
    Are YOU ready for the revolution?

  • Corey Foltman

    Has the “Team Douche” nickname been explained yet? I’m so confused.

    • Daistaar

      It’s French.. I believe it’s pronounced “Doo-Shay” LOL

    • ChetRipley

      They’ve had that name for as long as i can remember since back in the og droid days

  • Starkman

    “but you can expect a comprehensive, well working service”

    Security is not simply pushing data back and forth over a encrypted connection. The back end has to be thought out completely. There are hacks everyday to well more trusted end points. CM seems like it would draw the interest of “criminals” looking to hack into a website and potentially holding your phone hostage. Don’t mistake a nice music player and SMS app with security.

  • Bret

    Team Douche? I thought they were called Team Koush? Autocorrect failure?

    :)

  • Cruiserdude

    Trust an independent group of downstream devs/modders, most of whom you are unfamiliar with, nor do you know their means of income, that they have both the integrity and security to keep your data safe from prying eyes. Just don’t trust Google, who’s entire business model relies on your trust in them, as well as keeping your anonymized analytics data to themselves, and who has massive teams devoted to security and reliability, and has both the dollars and the legal team to ignore any demand for your info short of a court order. I don’t trust this “commercialization” of CM one bit, and I’m not about to hand them the keys to my life.

    • Cruiserdude

      A little required reading for those who think Team Douche I’d focused entirely on your best interests:
      http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=44746084&postcount=548

      • T_Dizzle

        Google will hand our info over to the government without a fight, I’m not sure which is worse.

        • CoreRooted

          Really? You have proof of this because everything that has come out of Google has contested that vigorously.

      • CoreRooted

        Ugh. That post again. In case you haven’t noticed, it’s nothing more than one senior dev/admin having a beef with another one. TBH, pulser has been a major ass for quite awhile. Read further in the thread and see where basically he is called a hypocrite over and over for doing the EXACT same things he is accusing CM and Arcee about.

      • Taylor Abrahamson

        I actually kind of agree with the CM maintainer guy. I do not like ‘spare parts’ apps that come with roms. They are super annoying! If the extra settings can’t be worked into the android settings menu, then leave them out.

    • Luxferro

      That’s your choice. I’ll go with the guys who support the EFF, user privacy and that aren’t a huge corporation that’s in bed with our out of control government.

    • GJV

      Completely agree here. CM is unaccountable, secretive, and loosely (poorly?) managed, leaving any particular member with too much access to information. It’s clear that they are moving more toward becoming a purely a commercial venture and away from their open source roots. Is it just a coincidence that they are now trying to collect more and more user data? I don’t buy it.

    • Nathaniel Webb

      Except you aren’t doing any of this nonsense. Here’s the technical breakdown of how it works. https://plus.google.com/110558071969009568835/posts/RUENmRmrGhX

  • Jon Markman

    I’m not sure what this offers that the Android Device Manager doesn’t. Ok, it’s encrypted, but has anyone found any security holes in ADM? Other than for the tinfoil-hat crowd who don’t want Google to know where their phone is, I don’t see why this offers anything worth setting up yet another new account for.

    • JZ

      I believe this version will allow you to remotely wipe your device, including the SD card.

  • Geo

    Only if Ron recommends it O:-)

    • mustbepbs

      I have an iPhone, and I’m getting the next iPhone, but you should really get a CM account.

      • Eric R.

        No its, I use Find My iPhone, and I will continue using Find My iPhone, but you should really get CM Account.

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    • mrjayviper

      this was funny last week