An aspect on which the CyanogenMod team has focused a lot is the aspect, today very valuable of Security and Privacy: in fact starting from CyanogenMod 11 there are 2 small but useful tools (I would say very useful) to make the CM experience even more interesting and safe. We are talking about WhisperPush e PrivacyGuard.
(Starting with CM11 Snapshot M5 WhisperPush, PrivacyGuard, and Blacklist are included in the Settings> Privacy menu)
What WhisperPush? Well it's a little program (still not complete, but 75% working) that allows us to encrypt SMS messages and prevent agencies like the NSA from spying on our messages, to activate it just go to Settings> Privacy> WhisperPush and follow the instructions on screen: then we put our phone number and wait for activation
What PrivacyGuard? Privacy Guard is integrated starting from CM11 and this works very well: it avoids that apps like facebook can capture our position, our contacts, SMS messages and personal data without our consent: whenever we configure it for example for Facebook, all the opening of the latter PrivacyGuard is activated in the notifications menu, and, if this asks to access something, we can deny that this happens or refer to it. In short, a sort of AppOps, which is no longer compatible with Android 4.4.2.
For previous versions, read also: manage application permissions with AppOps
What is the Black List? "Do not disturb!" This is the motto. Filter calls based on person and time: for example, don't we want to be disturbed in the afternoon by 14 to 16? Just set it and the phone will rest up to 16 without saying anything.
Until next time with "Discovering CyanogenMod functions"