The Problem with Mobile Phones (Privacy, security and monitoring)

The Problem with Mobile Phones (Privacy, security and monitoring)

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The Problem With Mobile PhonesGone are the good old days where the battery would last forever and keeping hackers and the government out of our phones seemed like a big joke. These days we plug in all kinds of information about ourselves into our phones, and who can blame anyone for doing so; it makes life easy. But it also opens up a can of worms that most people either aren’t equipped to handle, or are often too lazy to bother with. The problems with cell phones go far and wide, but some stand out more than others.

Big Data Slice

Apple and Google track their users’ every move. So do carriers like T-Mobile and Verizon. This isn’t even your everyday cell phone hacking, it’s literally the corporations selling people products stealing their information so that they can increase their revenue just a tad bit more. A cell phone’s security is the hardest thing to keep intact these days, and big corporations don’t make things any easier.

Malware Galore

Malware is meant to steal information from the phone that it is targeting. At times it can give an attacker control of the phone and other times it just lifts information out and sends it elsewhere. From contacts to banking details, it can grab whatever it aims at. Most recently, Android users got the scare of a lifetime when it was discovered that image based malware can penetrate the OS with superb. Cases of hackers locking the phone and holding its data for ransom have also emerged. In situations like these it’s best to invest in an app like “” so that your data is being recorded and backed up somewhere.

Broken And Left Open

Jailbreaking an iPhoneor rooting an Android is about the worst things someone can do to their phones. People generally do this to get better functionally out of their phones (in Android’s case) or get their hands on paid apps for free. The problem is that when you do this, not only do you void its warranty you also make it more susceptible to attackers and hackers. Cyber criminals wait for this kind of opportunities.

Open Wi-Fi Problem

Phones these days are slick. They can get work done at supersonic speed. They even come equipped with personal assistants you can talk to when you’re bored. However, they’re still machines. Often phones will automatically connect to whatever Wi-Fi connection they find. They can tell which signal is the strongest but they can’t tell if it’s a bad connection. A hacker could have rigged it to steal your browser history and other details and could literally be waiting for someone to link to the connection. Turning off the auto-connect option is generally a good idea if someone is trying to retain their privacy and keep hackers from monitoring their activity.

Watch Where You’re Clicking

Drive-by downloads trap people because you think you’re clicking one thing and then you end up clicking something else. And that is how you find lots and lots of spam and adverts. In the same vein, clicking on links sent to you via text or email is also dangerous and many people just do it without giving it a second thought. Most of the times the link says one address but it’s actually taking the user to another. Fake pages for banks, retail outlets and even social media are set up to steal a wide range of login info and other stuff. The best way to guard against this is not to open links at a whim, even if it seems like they were sent from a trusted source.