Computer scientists from the Center for IT-Security, Privacy and Accountability in Saarbrücken announced the development of a new app that can prevent data theft from smartphones and tablets by using the spy software basic operating principles against the spyware in a Feb. 27, 2013, press release.
The app allows the user to revoke or refuse access to a downloaded app before the downloaded app goes live. The “SRT Appguard” runs problem free on phones and tablets using Android 2.0 and higher operating systems and has received a guarantee from Google that the guarded apps receive updates from the Google Play Store app so your smartphone and tablet remains free from spy apps.
Unlike previous spy app protection, the “SRT Appguard” does not manipulate the bytecode of suspicious apps but directs the function call within the virtual machine to the security monitor, which observes the suspicious method calls and can even block them. This system relies on the virtual machine aspect of most smartphones and the Java language to inspect a downloaded app for potential spying before the app goes live and steals your personal information.
The “SRT Appguard” is available for download now at this site.
Previously loaded apps cannot be protected by the “SRT Appguard”. IF you delete the previously loaded app you could lose the data that is associated with it.
All the technical information and a presentation of the performance of the app are available here.