At Innovation Labs by AVG we developed CrossGuard. An app that helps users protect their devices against privacy threats such as data leaks, online tracking and unsecure apps.
Deliverables
The app runs in the background 24/7 and automatically flags any suspicious behaviour such as:
- apps that send data unencrypted over Wi-Fi networks
- phone settings that might enable others to track you
- online trackers that follow track as you move from app to app
- online trackers that track your mobile browsing activity
And with every alert, CrossGuard suggests a way to fix the issue.
The app had a short lifespan as it didn't exceed it's public beta phase. But it's seems we were definitely ahead of the curve with the app. Since then Google has given Android users better insights in the permissions they grant apps and hereby the data that's being send or retrieved.
UI that popped!
Next to the apps name and branding I was responsible for the user interface design. The projects original code name was 'Privacy Wall' but seeing a wall doesn't let anything through a new name needed to be thought up. I came up with the name CrossGuard. Seeing a traffic cross guard checks before children cross I though there was a similarity with checking the data that enters and exits your mobile devices. The project original name was Privacy Wall, but seeing a wall doesn't let anything through a new name needed to be thought up. Seeing the app keeps an eye on data received and send by other apps I was responsible for the apps name, it's branding and user interface design. The project code name was originally Privacy Wall, but seeing a wall doesn't let anything through we had to come up with a more suitable name. Lightning struck and I came up with CrossGuard. A cross ensures safety and gives insight foot behind the door when. Seeing the app is a privacy tool and it's contents isn't the most exiting Chose high contrasting colours that made the UI pop! Resulting in a pleasant, almost playful experience.

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