Most of us have felt observed on more than one occasion whilst using our phone or tablet in a place crowded with people (just think of the bus or the underground, for instance), simply to browse the Internet, chat on WhatsApp, take a look at a photo or view on any other file or document. Everyone tries to stick their nose into things that have nothing to do with them and that can be very uncomfortable.
Blackberry smartphones have a solution for this kind of situation and that you can now also download for Android. It's called BlackBerry Privacy Shade, an app that protects the user's privacy.
Protect your sensitive information from prying eyes
The principle on which this application is based is very simple: it blocks the majority of the screen by darkening it to avoid anyone from snooping on our contents. However, we can control a tiny viewing area as well as being able to interact with the rest of the screen. In other words, we can decide what we want to see.
A basic yet really efficient idea.
These are the main functions of this basic privacy application:
- Control the visibility of confidential contents thanks to Privacy Shade.
- Prevent nearby people from seeing what you're doing on your mobile device's screen.
- Only control the exact writing or reading area.
- Adjust the shadow transparency adapting it to the light conditions.
The app's interface is very simple and allows us to quickly adjust different options. However, Android users will find a drawback compared to the version for the Canadian-made smartphone: if they download its APK they'll only be able to use it as a trial version for 30 days.