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Cell phone privacy

2015-11-13 21:22:39.093691+00 by Dan Lyke 4 comments

So you probably knew that More than 20,000 apps auto-root Android devices:

Lookout detected more than 20,000 samples of the trojanised adware disguised as legitimate top applications that include Facebook, Candy Crush, Twitter, Snapchat, WhatsApp and others. Malicious actors repackage and inject malicious code into very many popular applications discovered in Google Play, then later publish them to third-party app stores. Lookout believes many of the apps are fully functional.

Although, to be fair, so far most of this is occurring in those third-party app stores, but it is reason to be skeptical of your device. However...

Also in phone security news today... Beware of ads that use inaudible sound to link your phone, TV, tablet, and PC. I've heard rumblings of this, but http://www.silverpush.co/#!/uab is claiming to listen via libraries embedded in various applications on your phone to signals played in the audio tracks to ads on various other devices, like television and desktop computers, to link those sources to you...

I can put a Post-It™ over my cell phone's cameras, but... How much for a hard mic switch on my next phone?


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#Comment Re: Cell phone privacy made: 2015-11-13 22:45:09.393339+00 by: Mars Saxman

I'm increasingly skeptical of the idea that putting computers in phones actually accomplished much of anything beneficial. They're awful computers, and they don't work very well as phones either.

#Comment Re: Cell phone privacy made: 2015-11-13 23:37:26.027163+00 by: Dan Lyke

The thing it brings for me is much better SMS than an old flip phone (and all of the SMS analogues: Twitter, Slack, to some extent FB).

And not having to carry a separate podcast device.

#Comment Re: Cell phone privacy made: 2015-11-14 07:26:25.423025+00 by: meuon

I use it mostly for checking email and Slack. My call logs are pretty boring, mostly Nancy and Work related. It's the Camera I usually have with me.

That I don't trust my phone limits its usefulness.

#Comment Re: Cell phone privacy made: 2015-11-15 02:24:15.840659+00 by: Mars Saxman

Yeah, I don't trust my phone much at all and refuse to put any google account credentials in it. It is a camera that doubles as an SMS client, and a way to kill time reading random web crap on the bus.

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