The game is up for those who like sneak peeks into your phone. An app that monitors and captures the person who is invading your personal space has been launched.
Edward Snowden, former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee who is the master mind behind this new security app that can catch anyone who tries to steal or tamper with your phone explained that the app takes a record of everything using sensors and is triggered by sound, light, motion, and volume.
The app, christened Haven, uses a smartphone’s various sensors to detect when your possessions might be at risk from intruders and capture evidence.
According to the Freedom of the Press, a board in which Edward is president said. “Haven detects changes in the environment using the sensors in a typical smartphone—the camera, microphone, gyroscope, accelerometer, ambient light, USB power—to alert you if anyone enters your space or attempts to tamper with your devices while you aren’t there,”
Haven does not need to be installed on your main phone. You can install it on a phone you are about to throw away and leave it in the place you want to monitor. It uses encrypted services like Signal and Tor to send signals to the main phone when it detects anything.
The app monitors these sensors for “a measurable change” in the environment around it, detecting any noises and visible motion, as well as whether or not the phone has been moved or unplugged from its charger, and any changes in air pressure and light conditions.
According to Edward, the app is useful “as a tool for investigative journalists, human-rights defenders, and people at risk” to detect kidnappers.
Haven only saves images and audio when it’s triggered by motion or volume, and stores everything locally on the device it’s installed on.
“Haven turns any Android phone into a motion, sound, vibration and light detector, watching for unexpected guests and unwanted intruders,” said the Guardian Project.
The app is available for Android phones.