Privacy is a huge deal when we keep so much sensitive information on our smartphones so today I want to talk about an application to help keep your stuff secure: LEO Privacy Guard.
LEO Privacy Guard is a security and privacy application for Android versions 4.0 and up, and it comes with various features that help you keep your sensitive data from falling into the hands of prying eyes. I took a couple of days to go over the application and today I will describe my experience as well as explain the various features that come with the application.
As soon as you open up LEO Privacy Guard, you are greet with a blue splash screen and then taken to their intro screens. We’re told that LEO Privacy Guard now has a new interface, that it provides Privacy Scanning functionality, that it has an Anti-Theft feature built in, and that it can keep harassment away(although I’m not sure what “Harass Inter” means). Once you get to this fourth intro screen, you’re shown a button that says “Go” and you’ll need to tap this button to go into the actual application itself.
Although, before diving into the application itself, you’re asked to pick and answer a Security Question. This security question is used if you end up forgetting the password or pattern to the LEO Privacy Guard application itself. There’s a cancel button, so I don’t think it is required, but it’s a nice option to have just in case you forget. After tapping on the “OK’ button, you’re given the choice to pick one out of four security questions and then you simply type in your answer to continue.
Here we have the main menu where LEO Privacy Guard will scan to determine your Privacy Status level. We have 4 options toward the bottom for the App Lock, WiFi Security, Harassment and Anti-Theft features that I talked about earlier. Pulling out the side navigation menu from the left of the screen reveals options for rating the application in the Google Play Store, a link to their Facebook page, the ability to join a test group, the ability to provide feedback to the developers, the FAQ, a way to check for updates and an About page to learn a little about the application itself.
Tapping the 3-dot menu at the top right shows another menu with options for resetting your password, changing to a password, your security question, a password prompt and the privacy monitor. Tapping on the mail icon right next to that 3-dot menu icon will open up your Message Center. You’ll see various messages sent to you from the application or developers here, and you can even tap the Feedback button for another way to provide feedback to the developers of the application.
By swiping up from the bottom of this main menu page, we see even more features that are accessible to us. Features like the Break-in Alert, Privacy Contact, the ability to hide a photo or a video, a way to uninstall an application and backup applications, a way to monitor your data usage as well as battery usage, and then a shortcut assist feature too. All of these features are available at a single swipe up from the bottom of the main menu of the application. Or, you can use the shortcut assist feature to bring one of these features directly onto your home screen.
Interestingly, two of these features get put as a shortcut on your screen automatically after you install the application(or maybe it is triggered after doing a scan). I just remember seeing these two icon shortcuts appear on my home screen even though I never told the application to do this. So if you see these appear on your screen after you start to use this application, know that this is where it came from. I can see this spooking some people into thinking they are infected with a virus and that a nefarious application automatically installed them at first glance.
Tapping on the Privacy Status level shield on the main screen will start its privacy scan on your device. You’re likely to have a low score when you first install and open the application up because they want you to scan your device so the app can show you the different ways it can protect your privacy. You’ll see the various things it checks for like scanning your pictures, your videos, WiFi security etc. Once the scan is complete, you’re told that certain scans have passed and others could use your attention. Tapping on the Resolve Now button at the bottom will start to show you what the app can do.
For me, it started showing me what applications I had installed and that I have the ability to lock down the applications it feels beneficial to lock down. If you don’t want to lock down certain applications, simply uncheck those, or you can tap the Ignore option on the left side too. It is all up to you. Moving onto the next section, it will show you how many photos it found and ask if you want to lock those photos down too. Again, it’s your choice and if you don’t have any photos or videos that you want to hide or lock down then you don’t have to. It is all up to you.
At the end of the scan, we’re shown an Ad for a turbo boosting application that you can choose to install or not. We’re give the choice to add 6 additional points to our Privacy Status level by enabling Anti-Theft mode on the application, and then we’re shown how many break-in attempts there have been. After reviewing this last screen, tap on the Finish button and then you’re taken back to the main menu page with a new Privacy Status level. For me, I was able to get up to 94 since I chose to not enable the Anti-Theft feature.
I wanted to go over the requested permissions for LEO Privacy Guard because this is very important for an application like this one. The whole point of this app is to protect yourself from prying eyes, and when you install this application you will see a lot of requests for various permissions. This is because the application does so much, and it actually needs these permissions to offer all of the features I talked about today. I reached out to the developers to get a better understand of what each of these permissions are for, and here is what I was told. . .
- Call logs, SMS logs and
contacts: such three permissions will impact two functions – “Privacy Contacts” and “Privacy Scanning”. In case of no permissions, the privacy contacts cannot import call logs and SMS, and privacy contacts may not be added; meanwhile, privacy scanning cannot detect frequent contacts, and thus cannot better protect your communication privacy
- Camera: it will
impact “Protection against Intruder” function. If it is not permitted, the pictures of the intruder cannot be taken normally
- GPS positioning:
it will impact “Anti-Theft” function. If it is not permitted, the lost phone cannot be positioned
- Photos/Media/Files: We need your permissions to protect your photos or videos better
- Wi-Fi connect information: We can auto-detect WiFi in backstage and protect your network security all the time
- Other permissions: Huawei, MI
and some Lenovo phones need self-running permission and permission to join in the protected list. Opening the permission, you can use the APP Lock perfectly. You can open the two permissions on the APP Lock interface (APP Lock >- Question mark at top right corner >- Go to settings).
Privacy applications were the #1 and #2 most used applications on Android in Q4 of 2015(according to one 3rd-party report). It’s clear that privacy and security are very important to a lot of people and I can understand why. The more control you have over the sensitive data on your device and LEO Privacy Guard offers a lot.
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