If you are an Android user, you might be using so many apps downloaded from the official Android Market or from any other trusted sources. The apps which we keep downloading often access our location and the internet, sometimes the user is aware of this i.e. at times a user knows that certain app is accessing his/her location or internet connection, however, there are many apps which access the location and internet without letting the user know about it.
The Problem and the Solution –
Summarily, the problem is that many apps tend to access your location and internet, and many of us don’t like the apps accessing our location and our data network. Now the question arises why will a user want to prevent an app from accessing his/her location or internet connection, the reply is, certain apps use your internet connection to show you promotional offers, or ads. So what’s the solution, solution comes in the form of another app built especially to render all the control to you. This free Android app known as Privacy Protector gives the total control in your hands, i.e. you can decide which app can access your location and internet.
How does the solution (app) work –
Privacy Protector actually disables your internet connection and GPS (or network service accessing your location) when an app (which is not allowed to access your Location or Internet) tries to access your location or internet.
Privacy Protector shows you the complete list of apps which access your Location or the Internet or both, as shown below –
To get this screen, you need to launch the Privacy Protector, and tap on the button which reads ‘Manage Application Policy’.
Now this is pretty self explanatory, here you have the complete list, every app has two adjacent boxes which correspond to the app accessing your location and/or internet connection, simply check (tick) the box under ‘LOC’ to prevent the app from accessing your location and in order to prevent it accessing the internet connection of your phone, you will have to check (tick) the box under ‘NET’.
So, summarily, this is how it works –
An app tries to access your Location or Internet Connection, Privacy Protector checks if the app is allowed to do so, if ‘Yes’, Privacy Protector does nothing, if ‘No’, it disables the internet connection and GPS (or network service accessing your location), now in order to restore, you can check the notification area, and there you get an option to restore the internet connection and GPS (or network service accessing your location) settings.
Here are some more snapshots which show the Privacy Protector in action –
So, go ahead, try Privacy Protector to save yourself from unnecessary data usage.
P.S. -You don’t need to root your device to use Privacy Protector.
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