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October 27, 2011

new English version of LBE Privacy Guard available Halloween? Renamed to LBE Security Master

Filed under: AdNoyances,android,circumvention,Justice,privacy — Sagacious Himself @ 1:49 pm
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edit 2014:  better alternatives to LBE

edit: a MUCH better, more elegant solution is the PDroid patch

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1357056

Ask your ROM builder to bake-in PDroid.  There are PDroid aditions and versions for ICS.  It will likely be ported to EVERY subsequent versison of android.  MY hardware, MY data: MY terms.

English LBE Security Master lite from LBE now available

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I have been using the new LBE Security Master in Chinese.  With the exception of a few features all the functionality can be intuited based on prior app experience.

[insert: LBE PG backgrounder]

New to this version is a name change.  This better than fantastic app has been dubbed LBE Security Master.  The Guard icon is a dial whereas the Master icon is a shield.  Go figure.

While denial of permissions is an option I much prefer playing integrity challenged applications at their own game: data poisoning.

I had been working on a screen shot based tutorial but it seems that will be of little value for the Chinese-only upgrade as the English version of LBE Security Master (version 2.1.x) will be available Halloween or possibly All Souls Day.  Chinese APK.

I am hoping in addition to unique id spoofing [UDID] LBE Privacy Guard data services will also be able to spoof MAC addresses and spoof non-radio IMEI/MEID.

New must-have features include:

  • new permissions visualization,
  • bandwidth monitoring per app (a starred feature req of DroidWall)
  • battery preservation,
  • communication filtering [some twits label this sms firewall]
  • fractional functionality for non-root users

Missing is finer grained control of permissions.   Some permissions such as send SMS, receive SMS are grouped into one tickbox.  GPS location and network location are deemed one permission.   ‘Get TASKS’, a permission abused by google maps, seems to be MIA as well.

The new Chinese version of LBE Privacy Guard is fully functional under Cyanogenmod 7: good news for users of non-stable releases of CM7 who are unable to use the current English version. While garbage collection frequency has been a blight for some using cm4dx the dev cm4dx-gb has almost entirely addressed the problem; LBE Security Master can increase garbage collection frequency at user request.

Keep an eye on the LBE Security Master change log and LBE dev blog for more speculation fodder.  Though big fans of QQ they are not big on XMPP.

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