Cell phones are extremely helpful and convenient, no doubt about it. But have you ever considered that your phone could be tracking you? These days, there are all kinds of apps out there. For example, a catch a cheater app can track your texts and alert your partner if you’ve been unfaithful. In addition, companies out there collect data from cell phones and social media to sell or use for advertising purposes. Here’s how your other people could be accessing your phone’s data.
Voice Activated Assistants
Undoubtedly, Amazon’s Alexa is the most popular voice activated assistant out there. While there is an app available for Alexa, you can also use Google Assistant, Siri, and Microsoft Cortana on your phone, depending on what brand you have. These systems are incredibly convenient, but they aren’t too secure. It’s easy for someone to fool voice recognition technology, even by accident. And if you accidentally say something that activates your virtual assistant, it’ll record what you’ve said and store it on a server.
Recently, the White House had to ban cell phones in its West Wing, and it remains to be seen if the ban will apply to the rest of the building. Why? They were a security risk. Hackers were able to easily access their data, whether it was through a catch a cheater app or other means. By placing this ban into effect, White House officials hope that there will be fewer leaks.
Even when you have location services disabled, your phone is still keeping track of where you are. There have been cases where it was still possible to trace a cell phone’s location, despite the fact that it was turned off. In addition, Google recently admitted to tracking its users’ data, even when they had location services disabled. How were they able to do this? It wasn’t through spyware or a catch a cheater app. Instead, they collected data from cell phone towers that automatically pulled information from all Android devices. Not only were users uninformed that this was happening, but they also didn’t have a choice in the matter.
2017 seems to be the year of data breaches. Uber just revealed that its data had been compromised, so if you ever used the ride-sharing service, keep an eye on your accounts. It’s impossible to control the quality of every mobile app out there. And naturally, some of them conform to a higher development standard than others. Make sure that you only download apps from trusted sources, and be careful when inputting personal or payment information.