Router Passwords removed from Android Market

Yesterday I received an email from Android Market support team saying that my application was removed due to a violation of the Developer Distribution Agreement. They explicitly say that the application could be used in an “harmful way”.

Here is the complete email:

This is a notification that the application, Router Passwords, with package ID net.davidgouveia.routerpasswords has been removed from Android Market due to a violation of Android Market developer terms. It has come to our attention that this application could be used in a way that is harmful to devices, networks, or users.

For specific policies pertaining to this suspension, please see:
Developer Distribution Agreement:
4.3 Use of the Market by You
4.4 Prohibited Actions
Content Policy:
Malicious Products

Specifically, this application allows users to circumvent the (default) password protection made available through third-party routers. We would like to emphasize that the simplicity in which a security measure is circumvented is irrelevant to the application of this Android Market Developer agreement provision.

Please fully review the Content Policies, Developer Distribution Agreement, and Business and Program Policies before you create or upload additional applications. Please also consult our guidelines on rating your application.

Please be advised that this or additional violations may result in a suspension of your Android Market Publisher account, and may also result in actions, including possible suspension, taken against any associated Android Market Publisher, AdSense, Google Checkout, or AdMob accounts.

Thanks,
The Android Market Team

Since I believe that the source of this problem is the database that ships with the application, I will launch a new one without any information. You will then be able to populate da database with information about all of your network devices.

I would also like to thank all the people who’ve helped me reach almost 700k downloads in a few months.

Stay tuned 🙂

PS: You can still download the application from other sources including this website. Click here.

5 comments

  1. Pity about the above letter you received. I just want to say thanks for the app. I downloaded this app from this site, and rate it a 5 stars. I’m a computer tech going for 22 years now, and to go “online” for passwords, aint my scene. This program has everything embedded. If by any chance you are going to amend this with future updates ( including the database), it will be much appreciated. You can just always “up” it on this page 😉
    thx once again for all the hard work…

  2. Thanks for this great app. I downloaded it from your website. Shame that it would be removed since its so useful. I am a computer technician and often have to go searching through google/manuals to find the needed info. I will use this often 🙂 thanks again

  3. What a crock. This is a very useful app, and I appreciate the work you did coming up with it. Any chance the site “http://www.davidgouveia.net/routerpasswords/” will be reactivated for updating the database? I’m not averse to coming to the site and manually checking/updating the software if the database would be updated occasionally. I’ve already got a Netopia device I wanted to share 🙂 Thanks for the hard work!!

    1. Hi,

      I never thought about that but I could rebuild the web interface. Lets see if can do that in my free time. 🙂

      Thanks,
      David

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