Monday, 8 September 2014

Disconnect Mobile

Finally an App for non-routed/jail-broken mobile devices that will allow you to control your privacy and security. Disconnect Mobile is a privacy and security app. The app actively blocks the biggest mobile trackers and thousands of malware threats when you use an app or browse the web using 3G, 4G, LTE or Wi-Fi. Optionally includes ad filtering and malware protection which you have to pay in order to activate them. 

Why the big fuss? Well, last week, Google kicked Disconnect Mobile out of the Play store. It even made the Wall Street Journal [1]. As always this post is not about promoting this specific app but on the fact that it blocks mobile trackers and that it was kicked from Play store. What has changed and Google finally allowed the app to be on the store?  Google kicked this app because it violated a policy prohibiting software that interferes with other apps. However, interference was precisely the point of Disconnect Mobile, a privacy tool aimed at stopping other apps from collecting data on users. In the six days it was available in Google’s store, it was downloaded more than 5,000 times.

But guess what? It's back! For now. But it could get pulled again at any moment. So, maybe would you like to grab your copy of Disconnect for Android [2] or Disconnect for iPhone [3] before it's gone.


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