Black People : Your Smartphone is Spying on You

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  1. wetac0s

    wetac0s Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    http://news.yahoo.com/smartphone-spying-204933867.html

    Scary :eeek:. But I'm not surprised....
     
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    The sad thing is after this knowledge and warning as well as microwave brain damage, folks will continue to buy this self exploitation, just as they continued to buy Iphones after the revelation that their data was given to intel and every shyster corporation on the planet
     
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    as soon as they labeled it smart phone i got wary....
    i have a old samsung eternity phone that gives me what i need without
    the intrusion...anything with a video chat app is no good imho...
    u don't know who is looking at u when ur not paying attention....

    one love
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    i don't have a smart phone ... :cry:

    :heart:

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    Keyloggers...meh.
    Was bound to happen when phones became web accessible.

    I can see the concern.
    Before I became cheap as hell, I used to have a Treo 650. Back when that first edition of Blackberry first came out, all big and boxy looking? I did a lot of online shopping on that thing...and don't get me started on eBay!
    Designer Handbag Hunting should be an olympic sport.

    Then...I began to consider how foolish it was to pull up my financial info + passwords on a device that doesnt' have any sort of internet security on it. I wouldn't do that on my desktop or little Mac, would I?
    So, I stopped and only used the phone for light surfing and such.

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    These days, if I didn't need it for my job, I wouldn't have one.
    For a time, I had a track phone...b/c I only care to use cellphones for car emergencies.
    ...but I need insta-access. Sometimes I run across unfamiliar drugs. Sometimes I'm bombarded with pt 'what if' webmd-inspired questions. Sometimes, I need a memory jogger. I also need to be able to 'sychronize' with the computer...for memos and such.
    Beats having to tote around a bunch of books.
    With a smartphone, there's a medically inspired app for everything.

    So...went out and bought an iPhone last year.
    *sigh*
    I get annoyed every time I look at my bank account after having paid that d*mned bill...*laugh*
    But, so long as the phone improves efficiency and serves a purpose, then the phone has WORTH...and I suppose it's ok.
     
  6. Ankhur

    Ankhur Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    No not neccesarily,
    fact is they are actually worse!!!


    IPhone Designed to Secretly Track Location of Users


    Security researchers have revealed that Apple’s popular iPhone has been designed to secretly track a user’s location and store the information on the device, without the user’s knowledge. Some phones may contain enough tracking information to trace a person’s movement for an entire year. Pete Warden is one of the researchers who discovered the secret program. He said, "Apple has made it possible for almost anybody—a jealous spouse, a private detective—with access to your phone or computer to get detailed information about where you’ve been."
    http://www.democracynow.org/2011/4/..._designed_to_secretly_track_location_of_users



    Security researchers have discovered that Apple's iPhone keeps track of where you go – and saves every detail of it to a secret file on the device which is then copied to the owner's computer when the two are synchronised.
    The file contains the latitude and longitude of the phone's recorded coordinates along with a timestamp, meaning that anyone who stole the phone or the computer could discover details about the owner's movements using a simple program.
    For some phones, there could be almost a year's worth of data stored, as the recording of data seems to have started with Apple's iOS 4 update to the phone's operating system, released in June 2010.
    "Apple has made it possible for almost anybody – a jealous spouse, a private detective – with access to your phone or computer to get detailed information about where you've been," said Pete Warden, one of the researchers.
    Only the iPhone records the user's location in this way, say Warden and Alasdair Allan, the data scientists who discovered the file and are presenting their findings at the Where 2.0 conference in San Francisco on Wednesday. "Alasdair has looked for similar tracking code in [Google's] Android phones and couldn't find any," said Warden. "We haven't come across any instances of other phone manufacturers doing this."
    Simon Davies, director of the pressure group Privacy International, said: "This is a worrying discovery. Location is one of the most sensitive elements in anyone's life – just think where people go in the evening. The existence of that data creates a real threat to privacy. The absence of notice to users or any control option can only stem from an ignorance about privacy at the design stage."
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/apr/20/iphone-tracking-prompts-privacy-fears
     
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    iPhones have Carrier IQ, but it's easier to enable and disable from the options.

    Moral of the story: use open source software and don't trust OEMs and telecoms.
     
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    but how many really know this?
     
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    not many know all this and some totally unaware
    these new phones/devices are spy tools while you
    have fun with them they having fun with you back
    learning and tracking and spying while storing all ya data

    no different then these computers/cyberspace keep track as well

    I don't want a smart phone / Iphone just a phonethat have no knowledge
    one that i have to teach to dial and can't remember who i dial
    who sell these kind anyone knows ????
     
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    The discussions have been public enough. I think it's time to push for something akin to a digital bill of rights.
     
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