Steve Kondik, founder of CyanogenMod, seeks to protect Android devices with a system wide ‘Incognito Mode’

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I’m sure by now most of you are familiar with the recent news of the NSA scandal and what we once thought was private data now being accessed by the government. Obviously this doesn’t sit well with most and with smartphones being in most people’s pockets nowadays the threat of your data being exposed is dangerous. Steve Kondik, the founder of the popular 3rd party custom Android ROM CyanogenMod is figuring out a way to give Android an “incognito mode” so that it ensures no personal data can be leaked. Per Kondik:

I’m working on a new feature that will hopefully make it’s way into CM. It’s called “Run in Incognito Mode”. It’s a simple privacy feature designed to help you keep your personal data under control.

Here’s a little of what you can expect on how this will work:

 * Return empty lists for contacts, calendar, browser history,and messages.
 * GPS will appear to always be disabled to the running application.
 * When an app is running incognito, a quick panel item is displayed in order to turn it off easily.
 * No fine-grained permissions controls as you saw in CM7. It’s a single option available under application details.

What do you guys think? Will this be something you would want to enable on your device?

source: Steve Kondik Google+

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  • ShapesBlue

    Very cool. I hope they implement this option.

  • Kary

    If you connect to the outside world, anything you send out is insecure. So every Android phone already comes with protection–it’s called Airplane mode. ;-)

  • RF

    I would use it.

  • the.puppet.master

    I would always keep it on!

  • dinesh

    give me the website to download roms for samsung and colors android mobile

  • brian

    It would always be on and I appreciate your time on this