HTTrack Website Copier for Android

HTTrack Website Copier is a free, open source solution for making local mirrors of websites. What I didn’t realize until recently is that there is an Android version of the utility available on the Google Play Store.

It allows you to download a World Wide Web site from the Internet to a local directory, building recursively all directories, getting HTML, images, and other files from the server to your computer. HTTrack arranges the original site’s relative link-structure. Simply open a page of the “mirrored” website in your browser, and you can browse the site from link to link, as if you were viewing it online. HTTrack can also update an existing mirrored site, and resume interrupted downloads. HTTrack is fully configurable, and has an integrated help system.

Shelter for Android–An Android Sandbox App

Shelter is a free, open source app for Android that implements a limited sandbox where you can run other apps.

Run “Big Brother” apps inside the isolated profile so they cannot access your data outside the profile

“Freeze” (disable) background-heavy or seldom-used apps when you don’t need them. This is especially true if you use apps from Chinese companies like Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent.

Clone apps to use two accounts on one device

Time Until | Beautiful Countdown App for Android

Recently I wanted an app that would let me create a widget on one of my home screens to count down the days until a major life event. There are a lot of apps on Android to do this, but since this is a fairly niche featureset, most of them looked like garbage.

Ultimately I ended up settling on Bruno Schalch’s Time Until | Beautiful Countdowns app.

The app is free, but the home screen widget feature requires paying $2.99 for the premium version.

CloudFlare’s Encrypted DNS App for Android and iOS

CloudFlare recently released an app for Android and iOS that makes it easy for users to encrypt their DNS queries using CloudFlare’s DNS resolver.

For once, I’m really not sure what the point is of a security tool like this. One of the criteria for using the app is you need to turn off any VPN you have activated. But I’m not really certain what the use case would be for wanting encrypted DNS but not a VPN.

Personally, I use ProtonMail’s VPN on my phone when I want privacy from the local network operator. There are issues with Proton, but it’s security is more than good enough for anyone not concerned about state actors in their threat model.