CyanogenMod asks the community to help with ideas on improving security and privacy


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Steve Kondik took to his Google+ page today to discuss a very hot topic in mobile: security. With all the information stored on our smartphones, they have big targets on their battery covers for malicious app makers and shady corporations.

That being said, CyanogenMod — a group of Android developers who’ve banded together to create a custom ROM to preserve and improve the stock Android experience — has always taken security and privacy very seriously. In previous builds, CM implemented some security features into their ROM that allowed users to block specific permissions from apps, providing for a level of security you just can’t get from a stock Android device. Unfortunately, because of instability and after considering the Android community as a whole (one that also includes app developers), CyanogenMod removed this feature.

In his Google+ post today, Steve actually talks — or rather thinks out loud — about the possibility of forking CyanogenMod to allow for security “sledgehammer” solutions like what was previously implemented. This would provide an incredibly locked down and secure ROM and give peace of mind to the paranoid and overly cautious. He ended the post asking for the Android community to help come further come up additional ideas to help improve not only the security in CyanogenMod, but the user experience as well. So, if you have some great ideas, bring your best to his Google+ post and let’s help make CyanogenMod a better place.

[via Google+]

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. First! Shout out to the legend CyanogenMod! Just run Advanced Mobile Care. Antivirus, Antitheft, back up and remote wipe. FREE

    1. I love when people just go and get drunk on a random Wednesday. xD

  2. I’m suprised nobody is bothered by the flaws of removable storage like sd cards. they dont even need to know your password. they can just pop it out and look at all your files like pictures, videos, and other important stuff

    1. Can’t tell if sarcasm or….

      1. not knowing that SD encryption is an option on some ROMs?

        1. I think he was talking about someone physically “popping out” your SD card to view your pictures/videos/whatever.

          Which would be weird because it’s not like we’re faced with micro SD muggers every time we go out.

          1. I mean if your phone gets stolen or something lol and most people don’t encyrpt their card but encryption is a good solution unless you’re like me and flashes a new rom like 10 times a week

          2. Exactly what are you hiding in your phone there, Cereal? O_o

            *sends email to FBI*

          3. please dont Chris:( I already have 2 strikes! haha jk but I have titanium backups(and missle launch codes)

          4. I think he meant if someone lost their phone or had it stolen things like lock screen security can’t prevent someone from taking out the MicroSD Card.

  3. Put that feature back, but let it spoof data rather than just not allow something. Let me give an app a gps location in the middle of the atlantic instead of my real location. Let me give an app a fake contacts list, that sort of thing.

  4. I’d like them to take a look at the Guardian Project ( It’s already for android

  5. Dat blue Android bug.

  6. built-in firewall that uses iptables. should have a widget to switch profiles, have a settings page to allow/deny access to wifi/3g for each app. this would save a ton of money on “social only” data plans etc.

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