Smartphones and security

Do you know you're being spied on right now?

  • Why are they watching you

    All the big players on the market, including Google, operate on the same principle - their task is to help the user do something, go somewhere, buy some product or stop at a gas station. So in this context, the notion of "being watched" is very relative and has no conspiracy theories whatsoever.

  • The benefits of reading the user agreement

    The user agreement that you sign when you install the application spells out all the conditions. No one wants to read these small letters. But if you spend a little more time, you will find many answers, and they will be simple. In any case, it's up to you to choose what you open the door to for the app.

  • Man-in-the-middle

    The only more or less real risk is the so-called man-in-the-middle attack, when someone embeds himself between your device and a signal base station (Wi-Fi or GSM) if the channel is poorly encrypted. Then there's a chance that some data will leak within the session. But all popular apps are written by good developers and are well encrypted.

What information do the apps on our smartphones get about us?

What information do the apps on our smartphones get about us?

What does Google know about us? And most importantly, how can some dark forces dispose of all this data? Spoiler alert: practically nothing.

We tell Facebook what we're thinking, Instagram shows us what we're eating, Uber knows where we are, and Google will soon be analyzing our online purchases. Have we reached the precipice?

It's not that bad.

Questions about surveillance and monitoring are becoming more frequent and louder. The situation is escalated and booming, but the emphasis is completely misplaced. The CIA is not spying on you. But companies who want to sell you their goods or services are. Is this something to be afraid of? No.

That's because their only desire is to advertise effectively. There are very, very many mobile applications. How do you make money from them? There are two main options. The first is to sell apps for money. The second way to monetize is through advertising. When the app is running, a banner is shown - it's targeted advertising, that is, that which is relevant to that particular user. In order to understand what he is interested in, you need to collect some data - they are impersonal, there is no confidential information in them. It's useful for the advertiser to know where the user goes, near what he walks by, what model of smartphone he has, etc. But for whatever other purpose, there is nothing of value in such information. There are millions of smartphones: if one more is added to the database, nothing bad will happen to its owner.

  • Fact #1

    The attacks are so high-tech now that you can get infected just by accessing the Internet.

  • Fact #2

    Apple has centralized app storage, which is not easy to get into. In addition, the applications are moderated, so they are more or less protected. With Android, it is the opposite.

  • Fact #3

    It's always best to have the latest operating system and the latest updates for all installed applications.

Google's important Android security decision

For cheap devices, updates have never been released at all - only for flagship devices. Meanwhile, millions of people buy budget devices and walk around with them for years, until it becomes impossible to work with these devices at all. This threatens widespread mass attacks, which are easy to conduct by exploiting well-known vulnerabilities. At some point, Google realized that it was necessary to change the situation radically and come up with a scheme, under which the latest Android versions in important, critical system elements would be updated centrally, albeit partially, regardless of the device manufacturer. This is absolutely correct and will help protect against giant mass attacks in the long run.

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