John McAfee releases a security monitor to keep a log on who accesses your camera and microphone
McAfee's new Android app – D-Vasive – takes things even further. Again, you can use it as a scanner that shows you very detailed info about what permissions apps are using and what for, measuring their security liability and covering them in a color-coded manner, from green to red. But, D-Vasive will also keep track of when exactly your device's resources, such as camera, microphone, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, are being activated and will keep a detailed log for each one.
Whenever D-Vasive detects that an app is accessing any of the aforementioned resources, it will alert the user by sound and/or vibration (customizable option) and display a pop-up window, explaining exactly what the app is doing. The scan period can be set – from once every 5 seconds to an hourly check. From there, the pop-up gives the user the choice to either uninstall the app. or proceed as intended. The pro version of D-Vasive can also be set to automatically block the phone's resources if an app that has not been whitelisted tries to access it.
OK, DCentral 1 is just an unobtrusive scanner, but what do you think of D-Vasive? Does it sound too paranoid, or is it right up your alley?
DCentral 1 (free)
D-Vasive (free version)