X3watch for Android is an accountability software program that helps provide online integrity for your mobile device. X3watch for Android is an "always on" application, which means it runs in the background at all times, quietly watching your mobile activity as you go about your normal, day-to-day business. The Android operating system allows us to do several things differently than the iPhone or desktop versions of X3watch.
*X3watch in Android Market ($6.99 ONE TIME FEE)
X3watch doesn't track any private data outside which URLs you visit, what searches you perform, and which applications you install (and uninstall). There's no "Big Brother" aspect to X3watch other than what you've read here. (We don't even have analytics in the application to we avoid the perception of tracking any private data.)
Because X3watch is "always on," we designed it to use as little processing power as possible so it won't negatively affect the performance of your mobile device. Currently, X3watch uses less processing power than the standard Android keyboard, making it incredibly lightweight.
It's easy for an automated system to become annoying, especially when it's sending you emails on a regular basis, so we structured X3watch to walk the fine line between reliable reporting and being annoying by making each email useful, uniform, and easily scalable.
X3watch asks for your email, your name, and the email addresses of anyone you'd like to receive a weekly report of your web, search, and app installation activity. The weekly email reporting is handled by our servers and we don't store any of your private data or account information.
Each person you choose to receive your weekly email reports will also receive an introductory email that lets them know what to expect and that gives them a list of all applications you currently have installed. You can determine which day you would like your reports to be sent, and you can resend reports at any given time from the app.
People have asked about hiding the icon on your home screen. This will never be a feature of X3watch, because we don't want people to be embarrassed that they use it. Instead, we want you to be proud that you have integrity and accountability!
We hope that you find X3watch incredibly useful for your own mobile accountability needs. If you purchase X3watch, please take a moment to rate the application in the Android Market and leave your thoughts in a comment.
The latest update includes:
+ Improved reporting reliability
+ Improved report filtering so your accountability partner(s) can quickly identify problem sites
+ Ability to use Windows- or Linux-based authentication to log in through the browser
+ Improved wi-fi detection and log-in capabilities
+ Overall improved app stability
In our opinion, good accountability software accomplishes three basic goals: (1) it's opt-in, (2) it's not easily hacked or avoided once activated, and (3) it tracks the right information. We believe we've accomplished all three of those goals with X3watch for Android.
1. X3watch is opt-in.
We believe that accountability software, like all accountability relationships, must force the user to choose to participate.
• X3watch can only be installed from the Android Market or Amazon Marketplace directly on the device, which means the user has to be aware of its existence and installation.
• Your name, email, and the email addresses of your accountability partners have to be manually entered into the preferences inside the app.
• A notification icon in the top bar remains as a constant reminder that X3watch is monitoring your mobile activity.
2. X3watch is not easily hacked or avoided once activated.
Once it has been turned on and accountability partners have been added, X3watch will always track only your web browsing, search, and app installation activity.
Any web traffic on your device that visits a specific URL will be monitored. For example, you can download five different browsers but every browser’s activity will be monitored by X3watch.
3. X3watch tracks the right information.
The most relevant information for the purpose of accountability is your web browsing, search, and app installation activity. X3watch doesn't track email content, SMS messages, photos, calls, or your GPS location. If you're looking for a "Big Brother" app, there are others out there; but this isn't it.
That's a quick peek inside the philosophy behind X3watch. You can download the app in the Android Market now for only $2.99/month.
How are reports sent?
X3watch for Android allows you to select which day you want the reports to be sent on. You can also resend the introductory email at any point and send reports out on demand. The report links that get sent out via email stay available for that particular week for up to 30 days, then expire for the sake of confidentiality.
Is my browsing data safe?
Yes. We do not store or have access to any of your browsing data that is sent to your accountability partners. Other browsing data, like passwords or bank numbers, are not recorded by X3watch at all.
What data does X3watch send to my accountability partners?
X3watch only monitors and reports three things: (1) suspicious URLs you visit, (2) the apps you install, (3) the searches you perform. Your accountability partner will receive a list of every suspicious website you visited, app you installed, and search you performed during the prior week.
Who can see my browsing data?
Only the people who receive weekly email reports that you’ve added as accountability partners in the preferences of X3watch on your Android device.
I purchased X3watch, but it isn’t downloading to my phone. What’s wrong?
Android uses Google Checkout to process payments for apps in the Android Market. If your Google Checkout account isn’t completely setup or if other restrictions exist on your Checkout account, the download may not complete. Please contact support at Google Checkout for more help.
Does X3watch monitor the YouTube app?
No. We are not allowed to monitor the usage of other applications on an Android device. We can only monitor which apps are installed.
Why haven’t my accountability partner(s) received an introductory email?
It’s possible that your network connection was insufficient at the time the email was attempted. You can resend the introductory email from within the app at any given time. If the email addresses are correct and your accountability partner(s) still have not received the introductory email, please submit a support ticket request so we can help and possibly troubleshoot the issue.
Does X3watch monitor my computer browser and send activity to my phone?
No. X3Watch monitors your mobile activity and sends it via email to as many accountability partners as you’d like.
Can you give us the option to not have the notification icon always visible?
No. Standard operating policy for Android is that any active application must have an icon in the notification bar while it is running.
Any more help with tech support? Head to the technical support page and submit a ticket.