|A research team made a new privacy app called Guardian Mobile Firewall / Photo by: Kārlis Dambrāns via Flickr|
There has been a lot of development with regards to app and phone security on different fronts. From the Google Play Store to Apple, a lot of app makers have been trying to create better and safer environments on your smartphone. Recently, a small team of researchers and developers fine-tuned a new privacy app called the Guardian Mobile Firewall, that can find and handle hidden threats that aren’t always visible to the user. This is important because, more often than not, the smartphone is the main thing a lot of people use in their daily lives, from checking emails, watching videos, and connecting to other people. This reliance on this sort of device requires a semblance of caution, as these can most definitely be hacked, or infected by malware.
This is especially known to Will Strafach, a security researcher and a former iPhone jailbreaker. He has since been dedicating his work to finding any sort of suspicious apps for unethical behavior. He’s been hard at work with helping people with their security, as evidenced by the past year when he found AccuWeather was secretly sending precise location data without users' permission. At the current time, his team, as well as co-founder Joshua Hill, are in the process of creating a new ‘smart firewall’ app that has the ability to filter and block traffic that can invade and bypass the user’s privacy. Strafach states, “We’re in a ‘wild west’ of data collection’, where data is flying out from your phone under the radar - not because people don’t care but there’s no real visibility and people don’t know it’s happening.” This new app, called the Guardian Mobile Firewall, is still in closed beta, but already shows promise with virtual private network (VPN) capabilities, as well as filtering technology for potentially harmful data.
The team is still improving and ensuring that the app provides users with the best possible protection from cyber threats. The Guardian Mobile Firewall is set to fully launch in December.