Back tracking | Smartphones & Privacy

16 Nov

Is your phone ‘back’ tracking you?

Billions of people around the world rely on their mobile phones for much more than just communication. In fact, these devices have become inseparable from their owners in every sense – including data privacy.

is your smart phone working for you or against you?

Backing up your data and changing your passwords regularly are good data security habits, but that’s not all it takes to be safe online anymore. Digital devices can track your location and movements, giving cybercriminals crucial information about you, and putting your privacy at risk.

If you’re an Android or iPhone user, you need to know the privacy risks involved in using a mobile device, especially if you’re a big fan of Facebook.

Let’s start with your next selfie.

snap, share, but beware

Next time you add a photo to your Facebook feed, you’ll be sharing a lot more than your latest designer dinner or happy family memory.

  • Digital photos contain a specific signature called EFIL data that includes the time and date the photo was taken, the specific device that was used to take it, and (most worryingly for Facebook users) the location where it was taken.
  • Twitter automatically removes this information when you upload a picture but Facebook doesn’t. In fact, there’s no way to prevent the site from retaining this information –  and that means it could be leaked in a data breach.

Unfortunately, if you’re not comfortable with this information being gathered by Facebook you may need to delete the app entirely.

The decision to do this is entirely up to the indificual Facebook user and you’ll need to weigh the benefits of staying connected with your friends and family or using the platform for business against the risk of having your private data leaked.

staying connected on the go – someone may be watching

Our phones go with us everywhere, and we’re always able to stay in touch with friends, family, and work contacts. This also creates a new risk – especially for iPhone users who have downloaded the  Facebook app.

  • The iPhone accelerometer which tracks your steps and helps you see whether you’ve hit 10 000 a day also gives Facebook the ability to know exactly where you are.
  • Believe it or not, this can even be done indirectly by comparing your accelerometer data with that of people nearby and matching your vibrations to theirs.
  • In other news, your phone’s Bluetooth signature can be used to keep tabs on your location – and switching Bluetooth off may not be enough to prevent this.

We know, this is a lot to take in. But when you’re  ready to take your online privacy to the next level. As a cloud provider with our clients’ best interests as a top priority, we can help.

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It may not be practical to stop using a smartphone or delete Facebook, but you can take other steps to ensure that your private data – especially sensitive company information – is kept safe.

Secure cloud storage is the ideal solution for businesses of all sizes. Contact us today to learn more about him cloud services are cloud solutions.

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