Programs that respect your privacy

Author: Soren Stoutner

  • Privacy Cell Maintenance Mode

    With the release of Privacy Cell 1.3, all the planned features have been implemented. At this point, Privacy Cell development is entering maintenance mode (unless some fancy new feature request comes along). Future releases will contain bug fixes, translations, and updates for compatibility with future Android versions.

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  • Privacy Cell 1.3

    Privacy Cell 1.3 has been released, which adds a realtime monitoring option. Adding the realtime monitoring service requires the addition of the FOREGROUND_SERVICE and RECEIVE_BOOT_COMPLETED permissions as described in the permission documentation. Realtime monitoring is disabled by default. It can be enabled in the settings. Different sounds can be chosen by the user if desired…

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  • How to Proxy DNS Requests through Orbot

    I recently received an email from a user asking a question about DNS and Tor which prompted me to think that a blog post on this topic would be helpful to users. The email was concerned that DNS requests were not being proxied through Tor even when Privacy Browser was set to use Tor to…

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  • Privacy Cell 1.2

    Privacy Cell 1.2 has been released. The major change is that there is now an option to use a bottom app bar. This release also features the first full Spanish translation contributed by Jose A. León as well as a partial French translation contributed by Kévin L. and a partial Italian translation contributed by Francesco…

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  • Privacy Cell 1.1

    Privacy Cell 1.1 has been released. It adds information dialogs that explain the cell phone network protocols. There is also a partial Spanish translation contributed by Jose A. León. I expect that the next release will have full translations in several languages.

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  • Privacy Cell 1.0

    As some of you probably already know, the bulk of my current effort is being spent on building Privacy Browser PC. But a couple of weeks ago I came across an article explaining how 5G networks were designed with protections against interception by stingrays (IMSI catchers). For a long time I have been concerned with…

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  • Initial Roadmap

    The first version of Privacy Cell is about to be released, and I felt it would be helpful to write a brief roadmap to let people know where it is going. The initial release contains basic functionality. The 1.1 release will add detailed descriptions for each of the network types, so that it is easier…

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  • Switching from Startpage to Mojeek

    Edit: After I published this post, Mojeek contacted me and pointed out that they do have a public monetization plan, which I had somehow not come across when doing my research about them. The text of their plan fully satisfies the concerns I listed below, including addressing what I consider appropriate advertising. So, assuming they…

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  • Privacy Browser 3.8.1

    Privacy Browser 3.8.1 has been released. It removes Startpage from the list of search engines and changes the default search engine and homepage to Mojeek. This is a significant enough change that I have written a separate post about the details. The order of items in the navigation menu is now inverted when when the…

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  • Privacy Browser PC Roadmap

    Originally I was planning on finishing the 3.x series of Privacy Browser Android before starting work on Privacy Browser for other platforms. However, I feel the need from both my users and myself to speed up development of Privacy Browser for the PC. Accordingly, with the release of Privacy Browser 3.8, I am going to…

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