The Android has become one of the most powerful mobile operating systems and has transformed the smartphone market unlike any other system. The technological innovations that have been developed for Android, especially after being bought out by Google in 2005, are endless. For Android users, there’s been an app developed for almost everything and anything – including your own security.
Your Android device can double as a security system
Edward Snowden, notorious for leaking classified NSA information and president of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, has designed an app that can transform your Android device into a mobile security system. By downloading the Safe Haven app, your phone can now work as a multi-purpose sensor for detecting any intrusions. For those like Snowden, paranoid of digital and physical surveillance, the Safe Haven app is meant to be installed on a cheap Android burner. Haven is an open-source project, and a public beta version of the app has been released to the public. Android users can download it via Google Play and follow instructions for installation on their project page here.
Security features of the Safe Haven app
Once you download the Safe Haven app, it accesses your phone’s cameras, microphones and accelerometers and uses them as sensors to monitor for any motion, sound, vibration, and even light. As long as you position where you’d like, you can place the phone’s camera to capture visible motion or listen for noises. You’ll get instant notifications if someone is intruding or breaking in, and will be able to access the logs remotely or at anytime.
The only drawback of this DIY ‘security’ is that it doesn’t actually notify any authorities if something does happen – it only sends you alerts if events like noise, motion, or power loss occurs.
Haven works as an additional security measure, not a replacement
Having a mobile device double as security is great when you’re on the go or need an extra set of eyes for your private safe or drawer. However, for homeowners, this shouldn’t be the only security device you have to protect your home. The device can only warn you if something goes wrong, and if battery dies or the phone is moved, there’s a high possibility you won’t be able to capture the burglar on camera. Installing a home security system will give you complete security of your home.
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