Dutch developer Xprivacy brings firewall for Android




The Dutch developer Marcel Bokhorst has released a firewall for Android 5.0 or higher, which enables users without root access apps may deny access to the Internet. It’s probably the first free, open source firewall for Android that no root required.

Bokhorst the app announced via XDA-Developers. NetGuard is compatible with Android 5.0 and above, Google because it has put an api for the technology used in the app. The source code and apk file from Thursday released version 0.7 are available on GitHub.

NetGuard can per app, system applications, access to internet via wifi or inhibit via the mobile network. Such a function is already several years in phones from Huawei for example, but is not found in stock Android and skins of many manufacturers. In Android 6.0, users have more control, but apps get standard Internet access.

At startup asks NetGuard to establish a VPN connection, something that used the app to internet traffic blocked apps to a sinkhole to send, so it can not connect. Therefore consume apps for example, no data, nor would it save the battery. Bokhorst claims NetGuard anything extra demands on the battery.

Bokhorst known as advanced Android users as the developer behind Xprivacy, a privacy tool that requires root access.

NetGuard of ontwikikelaar Xprivacy


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