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Edward Snowden Launches Smartphone App That Protects Your Laptop

Whether or not your laptop contains sensitive information, having it stolen is obviously something that all of us want to avoid if possible. While there are ways to protect the contents on your laptop, there’s really not much that can be done after it has been stolen physically, but former NSA contractor Edward Snowden has a plan to help with that.

Snowden has recently launched an Android app called Haven that is meant to act as a security tool for your laptop to prevent it from being physically stolen, or at least it will try. How it plans to accomplish that is through the use of your phone’s sensors, such as the microphone, motion detector, light detector, its camera, and so on.

These sensors will monitor the room for changes, logging everything that happens. According to The Intercept’s Micah Lee, “Here’s how Haven might work. 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.”

Of course Haven could be used for other things as well, such as monitoring your baby or just a room in general. The best part is that the information captured by Haven is not sent to third-party servers, meaning that users won’t have to worry about being spied on.

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