“Does it make sense for an alarm clock app to want permission to use microphone ?”
Average android phone has installed 14 applications that have record audio permission and can be anytime misused to eavesdropping and listening users. Each of 14 apps can record users voice and calls anytime they want and without any confirmation. Most of these apps has internet permission and can transfer records to the world.
In September 2013 android platform reached 1 billion activated android devices. What means that there is 1 billion android devices with unsecured mobile microphone. Microphone is “open” with unlimited access for 14 application per each device. Average device has installed 11 of most dangerous applications with microphone and internet permission that could be uploading secretly recorded files to the internet. If only one of every 200 developers would be a microphone spyware maker there is 6.8% chance that average android device contains one of this modified microphone spyware application.
Microphone Block is mobile application that allows users to disable and block their mobile device microphone. App temporary turn off and block all microphone resources and disable access to microphone to all other apps and whole android system.
- Protect privacy from being recording and eavesdropping through phone.
- Block and disable microphone by single click.
- “Spy app catcher” feature to analyze if user is not already spied or recorded.
- Shows list of apps with microphone permission (Shows security threats, spyware, malware threats)
- Blocking and protection of all “call / audio / speech / voice recorder” type of application
- Simple and clear design with 2 templates and multiple icon sets
Application was launched on November 1st, 2013 as reaction on privacy issues of last months. Application is distributed in 2 versions. Free version is limited — the microphone can’t be disabled between 18:00 — 22:00.
Better Tomorrow Apps is small and independent android development team consisting of one developer and one designer, team is currently located in central Europe (Slovakia). Microphone Block is fifth application released by Better Tomorrow App team. Team start working and releasing since November 2012. Most successful app is “Camera Block” security application, protecting mobile camera from being misused and “Couple Tracker”, phone tracker for couples installed by 300.000 users and actively used by 30.000 couples.
Better Tomorrow Apps
Free version: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bettertomorrowapps.microphoneblockfree
Paid version: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bettertomorrowapps.microphoneblock
Gallery of application: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ma8wp1gn6yxc8b1/qK9x-mo2K0