Want an untracked Android? Here’s how
Marlinspike firewall manages device connections
Self-described hacker Moxie Marlinspike has released WhisperMonitor, a firewall for the Android operating system that among other things blocks its location-tracking features.
Its egress filtering monitors all outbound network traffic, and lets users create filtering rules. An outbound connection request can, for example, allow or deny connections from Android applications to outbound ports and addresses on a ‘once-only’, ‘until reboot’ or ‘always’ basis.
The monitor also compiles a connection history (hope that’s stored in an encrypted file!) that lets Android users see who their device connects to and how often.
For users who like their movements to be their own business, this makes it a simple matter of stopping the Android GPS daemon from talking to the outside world. The downside is that you won’t be able to receive location-based advertisements suggesting nearby restaurants, shopping destinations or coffee joints.
The software is now included in Marlinspike’s WhisperCore security suite. ®
Only market apps
Unlike the iPhone, Android permits the installation of unapproved apps. Google has no control over these.
And, while Google *can* hit the killswitch for any Market app, they have only used it against genuine malware, again, unlike Apple, who can, and frequently have, used it against "off message" apps.
The downside is that you won’t be able to receive location-based advertisements suggesting nearby restaurants, shopping destinations or coffee joints.
Surely that should be another upside?
yeah, except an android firewall is worth mentioning
Unlike an iPhone, which isn't going to allow an app that interferes with the "intended use" of the device, an Android firewall shows that an Android user has more control, that there's some cool tech to write about (oh look, a tech website =), and that there's still anti-fanbois to troll. Go WhisperCore.