SpyBuster for iOS helps spot apps that may threaten the privacy of your data
The MacPaw team is launching the iOS version of its anti-spying app SpyBuster. SpyBuster for iOS scans iPhone for potentially unwanted apps and alerts if it finds any. The tool lets you know precisely why a flagged app is suspicious and explains how to delete the app from your iPhone, and it’s up to users to decide whether to take any actions.
Why is it important?
- In 2016, Russia adopted legislation that requires telecom providers to store private user data, including the content of voice calls, images, and text messages, for 6 months on servers in Russia. It also orders them to retain metadata like sender and recipient information, sending time, and location, for 3 years. The Yarovaya Law allows FSB and other Russian law enforcement agencies nearly unlimited access to any user data on Russian servers without a court order. You may want to act if this legislation doesn’t match personal data privacy standards.
- Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, to ensure users’ security and privacy from cyber threats that may come from Russia and Belarus, MacPaw engineers launched SpyBuster on macOS, as a Chrome extension and as part of the CleanMyMac X Uninstaller module. From now on, SpyBuster helps identify and remove unwanted apps on iPhones as well.
- Our iPhones store some of the most sensitive information about our lives. Imagine if your digital persona ended up in the wrong hands? Knowing where personal data is going and who has access to it can be crucial to digital safety. And since our whole lives can be stored on our iPhones, SpyBuster for iOS became a priority for the MacPaw engineers.
SpyBuster so far
SpyBuster does two jobs — scans your device for installed apps with known connections with Russia or Belarus and monitors if data is being sent to Russian or Belarussian servers when the app is in use.
The Static Analysis functionality of SpyBuster also got added to CleanMyMac X as part of its Uninstaller module.
Reasons to use SpyBuster
The number of cyber-attacks has increased dramatically since Russia started the war in Ukraine in February of 2022, reported CNBC. Previously, security experts at Microsoft concluded that some 53% of all cyber attacks between July 2020 and June 2021 originated in Russia, as per Microsoft Digital Defense Report.
Russian attacks focused on various targets in the US, Ukraine, UK, and NATO allies across Europe.
SpyBuster is a preventative tool to help you spot and terminate app and web connections to servers in Russia or Belarus.
Our devices store some of the most sensitive information about our lives. Imagine if your digital persona ended up in the wrong hands? Your private messages, documents, banking and financials, projects we work on, our contacts, health data, private photos, videos, location and itineraries, login information, or browsing history.
Knowing where your personal data is going and who has access to it can be a crucial element of your digital safety. And since our whole lives can be stored on our iPhones, SpyBuster for iOS became a priority.
To learn more about SpyBuster, read the full blog post from MacPaw here.
MacPaw is a software company with headquarters in Kyiv, Ukraine, that develops and distributes software for macOS and iOS. MacPaw is the maker behind CleanMyMac X and Setapp. In 2017, MacPaw acquired The Unarchiver and has been actively supporting the product since. Today, MacPaw products have more than 30 million users worldwide. Every fifth Mac on Earth has at least one app by MacPaw. The company was founded by Oleksandr Kosovan in 2008. MacPaw comes from Ukraine and is proud of it. Support and development of Ukraine is an integral part of the company’s culture.