If you forget your phone calls no worry — a new app haven from The Guardian Project, the Founder of this app Edward Snowden, His aims to turn Android smartphones into tiny, mainly security systems. Haven, released on(23rd December 2017 ) public beta version, it was designed to use a phone’s built-in sensors to track sudden changes in the environment about it. Let’s say you’d like to keep tabs on a room while you’re away from it — the app can direct cooperative devices to record unexpected sounds, look out for changes in ambient light, and notice if it’s being picked up or tampered with. You can even prop the phone up and set up the camera for use as a motion tracker, just for good measure.
Some of the journalists to defend their hard-won data, it’s no astonishment that Haven may see use as a means to keep suspicious trespassers from PCs and laptops containing sensitive data. The Intercept’s Micah Lee helped receive the app and explained how it could be used to deal with so-called “evil maid” attacks, in which an attacker attempts to physically tamper with a machine in order to compromise it.
how Haven might work on this project.
He writes. “You lock your laptop in a hotel safe — not a secure move on its own — and place your Haven phone on top of it. If someone opens the safe while you’re away, the phone’s light meter might detect a change in lighting, its microphone might hear the safe open (and even the attacker speak), its accelerometer might detect motion if the attacker moves the laptop, and its camera might even capture a snapshot of the attacker’s face.”
Haven won’t necessarily protect such attacks from being carried out, but the app can be configured to send notifications and recordings via text message and Signal (for end-to-end encryption) when the phone’s sensors detect something out of the ordinary. And even in cases where the phone itself doesn’t have network access and can’t fire off those warnings — say, if the phone doesn’t have a SIM card or isn’t connected to WiFi — every event that triggers an alert is logged locally on the phone. That way, the machine’s owner will still be able to tell that an unauthorized actor may have had access to it.
You can currently get the Haven BETA release in one of three ways:
- Download Haven from Google Play
- First, install F-Droid the open-source app store, and second, add our Haven Nightly “Bleeding Edge” repository by scanning the QR Code below:
Of course, Haven could — and should — see use outside of those very specific situations. Guardian Project founder Nate Freitas calls Haven “the most powerful, secure and private baby monitor system ever,” and it’s not hard to imagine leaving a spare room in a room with a child to relay every anguished crying jag to parents. None of the data captured by Haven is relayed to third-party servers, so parents and paranoiacs can rest easier knowing they’re in full control of this highly personal data. Meanwhile, Wired reports that Haven provided peace of mind to some 60 social activists in Colombia, a country that has seen more than 100 activists assassinated in the past year alone according to a recent UN report.