The name Edward Snowden is a name everyone’s heard of, in association with the NSA, at least in the United States. He has been claimed as a hero by some and an enemy of the state by some others. Now Exiled in Russia, Edward Snowden has come up with a new surveillance app called “Haven” which can be used on any android device.
‘Haven’ is a joint venture between Freedom of Press Foundation by Snowden and The Guardian Project. It is an open source app. That can be used on any android device, especially an extra device that you could just set up as a surveillance tool, it turns your phone into a security device through its on-device sensors like microphone, gyroscope, camera, and accelerometer to detect and record theft and tampering.
The Freedom Of Press Foundation mentioned:
“Imagine you are a journalist working in a hostile foreign country and you are worried about security services breaking into your hotel room and rifling through your belongings and computer while you are away. Haven detects changes in the environment using the sensors in a typical smartphone — the camera, microphone, gyroscope, accelerometer, ambient light, USB power — to alert you if anyone enters your space or attempts to tamper with your devices while you aren’t there.
The Haven app can then send end-to-end encrypted alerts to your phone via Signal, and you can monitor activity remotely through a Tor Onion Service. Importantly, Haven does not rely on the cloud and does not transmit data that third parties can access unless you have SMS functionality turned on in situations where you don’t have data or wifi.”
With the on-device sensors, Haven works as a spy-catching app. Let’s say if someone were to break into your hotel room while you were away, and you set this app up in the same room, on your Android device near your laptop, the app would then take a photo of the intruder on its own and send you the alert through SMS or mail.
Although there have been mixed reviews so far, some people have positive things to say while others don’t seem to be too satisfied, based on Snowden’s past with the NSA, they think he has other motives. Whatever it may be, we certainly think this app could be the next breakthrough in the App world, as we can’t carry along our home Security Systems everywhere, now, can we?
"When the lead developer explained the project to his young children, they found another use for it: 'We’re going to catch Santa!' " https://t.co/Beangjk90g— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) December 23, 2017
The app is still in public beta mode so we can hope when the final version is released to the world it has made some improvements. Overall, we think this app could be the next big thing in the world of security apps. The world is a dangerous place right now and we would need anything to keep us feeling safe, even if it’s installing ‘Haven’ on our secondary phones.