Mar 15, 2010 6:00 AM –
Protector protects any Android application with password: SMS, Gmail, e-mail, Settings, Photos, Calendar, Notepad, Chat… everything you want! Want to set PIN-code to private messages? Protect your corporate secrets? Show off your phone to others while keeping private data inaccessible? FINALLY on Android!
Price: Free, $0.99
AndroidTapp.com Android App Review:
Pros & Cons:
- Protect any Android app with PIN code password!
- Customize which apps are or are not protected
- Customize portions of app features to protect
- No workarounds to beat the protection
- Password Recovery
Protector Android App really does help protect apps and information on your Android phone by forcing correct entry of a PIN code to open. Don’t want to protect the entire app? Protect a portion of it as well. Awesome!
So my first thought was to thoroughly test this app to see if a savvy Android user could get around this app protection by using Android task management apps like TasKiller or Advanced Task Killer to stop Protector from running then access the information. Nope… stopped short as these apps are protected, therefore requesting a PIN code. You even need a PIN code to open Protector. My final test was to uninstall the app; halted there as the general Settings menu is password protected too!
You can protect any app, not just limited to native Google apps. Also convenient… say you install an app that should be on the protection list after installing protector like TasKiller, it automatically protects those apps it feels should be in the default protection list.
Update: there was/is password recovery… see details on recovering Protector PIN code password:
What to do if I forgot my password?
Not a problem! You can specify backup email – new password will be sent there on request. Just hold OK button to get the confimation window. Otherwise, please ask me for built-in ‘secret’ code that will reset password with 24 hours delay providing order number from Google Checkout to verify your identity.
Anyway, factory reset is required to remove all installed applications and the data (including Protector and all stored gmail data.)
Demo version can be always unlocked with built-in code 00137982399.
Protector List of Protected and Available Apps
Protector Protection Options
Protector Protect Specific Portions of an App
Protector Preferences Menu
Protector Window Shade Notification
For the security conscious, this app in combination with Mobile Defense are must-haves!
Ease of Use:
Simply install the app and the default settings protect common apps and settings requiring it.
Other Great Use Cases are:
- Allow apps to open like SMS texts and email, however restrict reading or writing to them.
- Have trade secrets or sensitive notes in your task/to-do list apps? Have them protected with Protector.
- Enterprise IT departments can rave at this simple app.
If installed it will be in use every time start an app under protection.