Software Updates

GlassWire Data Usage for Android Update

We’re excited to say we just released an update for our popular GlassWire Data Usage app for Android.  This new update includes dark themes many of you requested.  These GlassWire premium paid themes support future GlassWire development and we hope you’ll consider buying a theme or two.

This update also includes a fix for Android O so GlassWire’s persistent notification is easy to read, plus some other bug fixes.

Speaking of our persistent notification, a common question people ask us is why can’t it be disabled?  The reason for this is because Google Play requires any apps that run in the background have a persistent notification for security reasons, so the user realizes that app is running.  Our GlassWire app has to run in the background to keep track of your mobile data.  To learn more about these rules check out this web page by Google itself.  Also, if you’re wondering why we request the “phone” privilege, it’s because we have to request this to see the phone’s mobile data usage as explained here.

Thanks for all your feedback and support and please go to the top left GlassWire menu and choose “send feedback” to send us feedback or report bugs.

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Is your Data Usage or VPN app spying on you?

When we first started testing our GlassWire Android app against other popular data usage apps we made an upsetting discovery.  We were shocked to find that many of the data usage apps we tested were using a lot of mobile data themselves.  Our team wondered why an app that claims to help save mobile data would use so much mobile data itself.

The reason became clear once we started to look more closely at other data usage app privacy policies.  Many of these apps are made solely to log what apps you use and when, then to store that data in a database to sell to third parties.  The worst part about it was that some of these apps even seem to be storing personally identifiable information of their users.  This means that if their database was hacked not only would your app usage history be leaked, but that app usage history could be publicly linked to your identity.

After learning how these other apps were operating behind the scenes we decided to call our Android app “data usage privacy” to make it clear that with GlassWire your data and app usage never leaves your phone.  We are a privacy and security company and we make money through sales of our popular Windows security software, not by spying on our users.

Recently Facebook’s Onavo data usage app was in the Wall Street Journal due to its monitoring of its users, and according to Ars Technica the popular VPN Hotspot Shield has now had a formal complaint filed against it with the FTC.  It’s good that the media, app users, and privacy organizations are starting to take notice of privacy violations with apps and online services.

When using an app that accesses your network activity or app usage data always check its privacy policy.  If the app is free and you see no way for it to make money then you and your data might be the product.

If you want to see what apps on your phone are using your data or phoning home right now try GlassWire for Android.  With GlassWire your data never leaves your phone.  We’re working hard to add more privacy related features to our Android app in the future so you can see what other apps on your phone are doing behind the scenes.

Software Updates

Add zero-rated apps for your mobile data plan

A new version of GlassWire for Android is here and it lets you add zero-rated apps to your data plan.  Does your mobile phone provider let you use certain apps that don’t count towards your monthly data allocation?  If so GlassWire for Android can help.

First install GlassWire for Android, then go to the “Data Plan” screen by tapping the top left three line menu.  Look for where it says “zero-rated apps” and then pick the apps that your mobile phone company lets you use unlimited data with.  For example if your mobile provider gives you free data with Facebook or Netflix tap those apps.

Now set up your data plan and you should be good to go!

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