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Privacy Helper

An app privacy guide

A simple Android app to help users understand the risks of giving apps dangerous permissions.

What Privacy Helper brings is a simple, easy-to-use educational app with that leverages the mobile platform to inform and demonstrate effectively and interactively.

Features:

  • Simple privacy quiz to test the user’s privacy knowledge
  • Guide on data privacy, and the problem with Android
  • Guides on disabling permissions, unused apps, and other mitigations
  • Simple map demonstration of location tracking
  • List of dangerous permissions used by popular Android applications
  • Guide on Open Source app alternatives
  • List of alternative resources to help the user increase their knowledge
  • Sharing with popular platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and more

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Packages

Although APK downloads are available below to give you the choice, you should be aware that by installing that way you will not receive update notifications and it's a less secure way to download. We recommend that you install the F-Droid client and use that.

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  • Version 0.7 (8) suggested Added on 2019-01-13

    This version requires Android 4.0.3 or newer.

    It is built and signed by F-Droid, and guaranteed to correspond to this source tarball.

    Permissions
    • modify or delete the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to write the contents of your shared storage.
    • access approximate location (network-based) only in the foreground
      This app can get your location based on network sources such as cell towers and Wi-Fi networks, but only when the app is in the foreground. These location services must be turned on and available on your phone for the app to be able to use them.
    • access precise location only in the foreground
      This app can get your exact location only when it is in the foreground. These location services must be turned on and available on your phone for the app to be able to use them. This may increase battery consumption.
    • have full network access
      Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.
    • view network connections
      Allows the app to view information about network connections such as which networks exist and are connected.
    • read the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to read the contents of your shared storage.

    Download APK 2.8 MiB PGP Signature | Build Log

  • Version 0.6 (7) - Added on 2018-11-22

    This version requires Android 4.0.3 or newer.

    It is built and signed by F-Droid, and guaranteed to correspond to this source tarball.

    Permissions
    • modify or delete the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to write the contents of your shared storage.
    • access approximate location (network-based) only in the foreground
      This app can get your location based on network sources such as cell towers and Wi-Fi networks, but only when the app is in the foreground. These location services must be turned on and available on your phone for the app to be able to use them.
    • access precise location only in the foreground
      This app can get your exact location only when it is in the foreground. These location services must be turned on and available on your phone for the app to be able to use them. This may increase battery consumption.
    • have full network access
      Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.
    • view network connections
      Allows the app to view information about network connections such as which networks exist and are connected.
    • read the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to read the contents of your shared storage.

    Download APK 2.8 MiB PGP Signature | Build Log

  • Version 0.5 (6) - Added on 2018-09-06

    This version requires Android 4.0.3 or newer.

    It is built and signed by F-Droid, and guaranteed to correspond to this source tarball.

    Permissions
    • modify or delete the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to write the contents of your shared storage.
    • access approximate location (network-based) only in the foreground
      This app can get your location based on network sources such as cell towers and Wi-Fi networks, but only when the app is in the foreground. These location services must be turned on and available on your phone for the app to be able to use them.
    • access precise location only in the foreground
      This app can get your exact location only when it is in the foreground. These location services must be turned on and available on your phone for the app to be able to use them. This may increase battery consumption.
    • have full network access
      Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.
    • view network connections
      Allows the app to view information about network connections such as which networks exist and are connected.
    • read the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to read the contents of your shared storage.

    Download APK 2.5 MiB PGP Signature | Build Log