MacPaw SpyBuster now also for Apple iPhone

We've had MacPaw's SpyBuster as a topic here on the blog several times. After the publication of free app for macOS in March, SpyBuster came out in June as Browser extension for Google Chrome out of here. There is now one too SpyBuster feature in the CleanMyMac X app by MacPaw. The next logical step is now an iOSApp; and this is now available to you free of charge in the App Store for the Apple iPhone (from iOS 14). SpyBuster also scans the installed apps and network connections on the smartphone for Russian or Belarusian origin. It also shows how apps can be deleted.

Abbreviation: SpyBuster on the iOS App Store

After the SpyBuster Mac App, the Google Chrome extension and the integration of the scanner into CleanMyMac X, it is now coming to the Apple iPhone. From iOS 14 you can use the SpyBuster app to check the installed apps for connections to Russia or Belarus.

After the SpyBuster Mac App, the Google Chrome extension and the integration of the scanner into CleanMyMac X, it is now coming to the Apple iPhone. From iOS 14 you can use the SpyBuster app to check the installed apps for connections to Russia or Belarus.

SpyBuster iOS App by MacPaw

After downloading it from the App Store, you can use the SpyBuster app on iPhone to scan the apps installed on the device. They are checked for connections to Russia or Belarus. The app then shows whether and which programs come from these countries or at least maintain a connection to servers located there. This is important, MacPaw emphasizes again and again, because the Russian government has access to the data on the servers located in the country at any time due to laws created specifically for this purpose. Accordingly, personal data can be read out arbitrarily.

Tried it myself: There are no suspicious apps on my iPhone. You can also find information about uninstalling apps at any time in the menu of the MacPaw offer. Currently only in English.

Tried it myself: There are no suspicious apps on my iPhone. You can also find information about uninstalling apps at any time in the menu of the MacPaw offer. Currently only in English.

Instructions for uninstalling apps are included

As you can see from the screenshots embedded above, apart from scanning the installed apps on the iPhone, there are also some info materials in the SpyBuster app. If you tap on the menu or controller symbol in the top right corner, you will get to the program menu. If you tap on “How to delete an app?”, the last of the three windows shown will appear. The tip placed at the top to delete any user accounts in the app in question before uninstalling is very good. It then shows that you can delete an app from the home screen and from the app library. So far, the app is only available in English. You can find the download here.

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6 comments

  1. Bodo Schoenfelder says:

    Thanks for the info, but an app that only targets two countries but doesn't look for NSA, MI5, etc is actually pointless.

    • Johannes Domke says:

      Hello Bodo,

      you are wrong. Because, firstly, data traffic to a country is more traceable than to the servers of certain operators who do not want to be recognized, or to third-party servers rented by NSA, MI5, etc. (how to identify them?), and secondly, they are no countries or actors currently waging a war in Europe. Here you have to consider the technical requirements as well as the current situation and the laws that mean that data should not be allowed to flow into certain countries (see article above). So the app is anything but pointless. It's okay that there could be more countries for your own taste (USA, China, etc.). But it is also important to note that MacPaw is based in Ukraine and therefore the priorities are not in this area.

      Best regards
      John

  2. Jens says:

    For me he has:
    Suspicious apps
    AdGuard
    Russian servers
    – adblock&privacy
    AdGuard VPN – Unlimited & Fast
    recognized.

    VPN via Russian servers…

  3. Bodo Schoenfelder says:

    I know that MacPaw, like Readdle, and (before?) the notorious MacKeeper are/were based in Ukraine. (Socially) psychologically from the company, the function is perhaps understandable. But still pointless. It is of course easier to identify servers in a certain way (although servers can in principle also fake their identity and servers are networked internationally anyway.) But: On the one hand, the function is called Spybuster. So the point is that data could be tapped by (secret) services. On the other hand, these services have quite different methods. The word data outflow also insinuates machinations. And thirdly, a general server identification could have been built in. Then you could, for example, avoid/exclude Turkish servers (war against Syria/the Kurds) or Saudi Arabian servers (Yemen war). Apart from the US drone war, etc. And Western countries are definitely actors in the Ukraine war, be it through the transfer of information, personnel in Ukraine, arms deliveries, etc. Just not officially through fighting soldiers. The division Europe/Non-Europe is ridiculous. The function is nothing more than clenching your fist in your pocket.

    • Johannes Domke says:

      Establishing an association with the app title SpyBuster and then using that as the basis for expectation of functionality is quibbles. After all, safari does not provide a drive through game reserves. Anyway, if you find an app that meets all your expectations, please let me know. That would be quite an interesting piece of software.

  4. Bodo Schoenfelder says:

    I don't base my argument on the name of the function, but on the fact that the function is only restricted to apps from two countries, or apps that only "send" to two countries, and is then called that. They could have generalized the server identification without much programming effort. Then the name would still be a bit lurid, but it would really bring the control of the apps closer to full sovereignty.

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