In the Android world, privacy is a huge concern for most users. We've seen our fair share of malicious software, questionable apps, and out-of-place permission requests. If privacy is something that you hold near-and-dear to your heart, then we have an app for you.

This app is for rooted users only!

It's called LBE Privacy Guard, and in a way, it's quite similar to UAC (User Account Control) in Windows. Basically, LBE "listens" for your apps to request certain permissions and then pings you with a dialog asking to either grant or deny access. For example, if you have an app installed that requires access to your SMS messages, but you see no valid reason that this app would need to access your messages, then you can simply deny access. You can do this on a per-request basis, or have the app remember your preference.

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Another good use for LBE, as suggested by the developer, is to control network traffic. If you're on a tiered data plan and want to make sure that apps aren't trying to update behind the scenes, you can quickly and easily deny them network access until you actually need them.

You can grab LBE Privacy Guard for free in the Android Market.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • SpottedNigel

    Wait wait wait... isn't this basically what was denied entry into Cyanogenmod?

    • GergS

      No. FAKING data was denied. CM still has the ability to revoke permissions.

      Also, this is dealing at a per-request basis, at least until you mark "remember my preferences".

      However, this seems a bit more useful actually! I'll try it out.

  • JHPadu

    This app will also temp root Meizu m9's running Android 2.3 :]

  • paul

    The idea behind faking data was to stop force closes when permissions are refused. Why was it denied in cm7?? Revoking seems like it'll cause fc's. So does this program, seems like it'd cause fc's unless it fakes data or simply tells the program there's no internet or gps is turned off.

    • GergS

      the latter is true. If it wants internet, it will essentially get a "no signal" response.

    • Zomby

      Because sending bad data to legitimate developer is just as bad as the shady ones hoarding your info. If you don't trust an app just don't install it. It's that simple.

  • nolmt60243

    Quite a drain on the battery...

    • Mon

      I've had installed for 2 days now; haven't noticed a change in my battery life.

  • jbonics

    After playing with this app I can see how google android want to make products like lightbulbs and power outlets that can be turned on remotly. They are making life easier and more care free. Life gets easier with ANDROID.

  • mad

    But is this app open source? I mean.. it could monitor everything on your phone. I like the idea but I don't like non-open-source security tools.

  • guest

    this is the final question. Look at Homepage of developer.
    You give root access to your device.