Snowden’s New App Uses Your Smartphone To Physically Guard Your Laptop (or Anything Else

Snowden’s New App Uses Your Smartphone To Physically Guard Your Laptop (or Anything Else

The NSA whistleblower and a team of collaborators have been working on a new open source Android app called Haven that you install on a spare smartphone, turning the device into a sort of sentry to watch over your laptop. Haven uses the smartphone’s many sensors — microphone, motion detector, light detector, and cameras — to monitor the room for changes, and it logs everything it notices. The first public beta version of Haven has officially been released; it’s available in the Play Store and on F-Droid, an open source app store for Android.

The app essentially uses all these sensors to detect any event and records this with options to alert you. It's a high tech version of sticking a hair over the crack in the cupboard doors. The scenario described is not about preventing theft, but rather when someone sneaks in to just try steal information. It could work equally well though for people concerned about domestic abuse or teenagers worried about snooping parents etc.

See https://theintercept.com/2017/12/22/snowdens-new-app-uses-your-smartphone-to-physically-guard-your-laptop/


Snowden’s New App Uses Your Smartphone To Physically Guard Your Laptop
"Haven" guards against so-called "evil maid" attacks, in which your boot software is surreptitiously modified to defeat encryption.

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