Ways That Your Smart Phone Could Be Used To Spy On You

The smartphone is a staple in the life of a lot of people right now and, ironically, talking is one of the things people seem to do the least of on these types of device.

While smartphones are still mainly marketed as phones, they are mostly not used as such any more.  When people want to be able to communicate with each other they are more likely to text, email or send a social networking message than they are to call the person.

This is especially true when you are in a situation that involves other people in the immediate area. You do not want to be the one who is bothering everyone else with a loud conversation so you will send a text-based message to the person you want to communicate with rather than giving them a phone call.

But your modern day smartphone is more than just talking and text. You do so much more with your phone that people rightly compare it to the computer that is sitting in your house. But while it is great that your phone has all of these features, there is something else that it can do that you need to worry about as well.

With all of the features that your modern day smartphone has, it can be used to spy on you as well. Perhaps more so now in this post-PRISM era than ever before.

Some of the spying will be done without your knowledge and some of the spying will be done because you willingly enabled features that allow it to occur.

One way in which your phone is being used to spy on you is the criminal side. As you well know, the black hat hackers out there have decided that they were not just going to focus on the computer anymore. They target phones as well. And so they have made apps that are able to take your data and send it back to them. They are able to do so because they can trick you when it comes to the permissions that your installed apps allow. If you allow apps to have permissions that they don’t really need then you know the bad guys are going to take advantage of that.

But there are other services that leave you vulnerable as well. It has been proven that black hat hackers have learned how to use the NFC abilities of your phone to be able to take data off of it while you are just walking down the street. While NFC has proven to be useful there is a dangerous side to it as well.

But you have to realise that there are some things that you do on your phone that you may think are innocent that can put you in danger as well.

For example, when you do a check in with either Facebook or Foursquare it can end up being dangerous. This is data that can be used to track your physical location. And letting people know where you are all of the time can put you or your home at great risk as well.

Or the bad guys can look at the pictures that you put up online. Those pictures can cause people to know a lot more about you than you realise.

When it comes to being able to protect yourself online you have to know the technology that you are using. You have to know the many ways that it can harm you as well as help you.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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