Masqed Crusader-Browse Faster

Masqed Crusader-Browse Faster


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The Masqed Crusader is a Network Optimization Tool for ROOT USERS ONLY. It increases web browsing speed and privacy. It is the only app of its kind on the Android Market!

What Does The Masqed Crusader Do?

* Improves overall network SPEED on both WiFi and Mobile data (2g/3g etc..) connections by locally caching nameserver data and forcing the use of Google's fast DNS servers. (Can be switched to OpenDNS in Advanced Settings Menu)

* Increases PRIVACY by avoiding the use of your wireless carrier's DNS servers. When paired with end-to-end encryption (i.e. using https when possible, running TOR etc...) this can diminish your carrier's ability to spy on you while using mobile internet.

* In addition, it provides effective AD-BLOCKING functionality by redirecting ad-server requests. (Can be Disabled in Advanced Settings Menu)

The Masqed Crusader requires root, busybox and dnsmasq to function... features common on most modern ROMS. Generally speaking, any ROM that supports Wireless Tethering should work properly with the Masqed Crusader.

Why does DNS matter?

According to Google's Public DNS page: "The DNS protocol is an important part of the web's infrastructure, serving as the Internet's phone book: every time you visit a website, your computer performs a DNS lookup. Complex pages often require multiple DNS lookups before they start loading, so your computer (or phone) may be performing hundreds of lookups a day."

Technical Stuff.

Masqed Crusader uses dnsmasq, which acts as a middle man, between your device and the DNS server. Dnsmasq caches recent DNS lookups locally and uses hashing to quickly search that cache. The Masqed Crusader runs dnsmasq with a customized configuration file that is optimized for use with mobile devices, and constantly enforces its use by ensuring that the device looks to itself ( for all DNS lookups.

* Some Wireless Tethering Apps also use dnsmasq to work, and therefore will not function when Masqed Crusader is ONLINE.

Explanation of Permissions

Masqed Crusader asks for:

-Storage (writing config files to the SD card)
-Read Phone State (to re-apply DNS settings when the phone changes networks)
-Start at Boot (to reset the status message after a reboot)

***Please remember that network speeds vary greatly and are dependent on a number of factors.***

Thanks to ChainsDD and Stericson for Creating the RootTools framework!

Features We are Working on:
-(DONE)User-Selectable DNS Server Settings
-(DONE)Option to Disable Ad-Blocking
-Toggle Widget

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Recently changed in this version

Ver. 4.0.1

- Added Holo Theme

Ver. 4.0.0

-Fixed syntax and permissions to increase compatibility.

MASSIVE UPDATE - Ver. 3.9.9 Released 10/18/2012

-Fixed Issues that caused WiFi Tethering to break on some devices.

-Implemented better Root/SU/Busybox availability checking which should eliminate 99% of Force Closing issues reported.

-Compatible with ICS and Jellybean (tested through version 4.2.1)

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Comments and ratings for Masqed Crusader-Browse Faster
  • (67 stars)

    by kervon brust on 20/11/2014

    App crashes /force closes each and every time it's opened. Sprint Galaxy s5 running stock rom. Developer doesn't respond. Waste of time and money!

  • (67 stars)

    by fabricated hero on 06/11/2014

    Does not work for tmobile s3 on cyanogenmod ....update still doesn't work on s3 with custom rom

  • (67 stars)

    by Stephen Hamilton on 31/10/2014

    What a big waste of money. Used to work on old Note 2, but not on Note 3. It says my phone isnt rooted (it is, most of my apps require root and work fine). It also fails to detect BusyBox and crashes when I try to activate. The author hasnt updated in months. For a better alternative that works, try Shark Masq, or tryhosting a local dnsmasq server with Servers Ultimate Pro.

  • (67 stars)

    by Chuck Atkins on 25/10/2014

    Please fix for Galaxy S5, auto force close

  • (67 stars)

    by GooFBaLLs 11 on 13/10/2014

    ; )

  • (67 stars)

    by Yap M.C. on 11/08/2014

    So far so good... Does this use up more mobile data?

  • (67 stars)

    by 22478alonso on 29/07/2014

    It force closes as soon as you activate it

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