Is your smartphone spying on you? (Infographic)

Is your smartphone spying on you? (Infographic)
In the day and age when governments, companies, marketers, and assorted hackers, have their prying eyes on our digital life, smartphones have become a godsend for each and every tracking purpose. They can log our movements, location, searches, messages and calls, and send that information freely to anyone without the average user ever realizing what's going on.

After the NSA snooping revelations, there has been a proliferation of privacy-oriented apps. We already reviewed the secure messaging client Telegram, which is a part of a growing cohort of new applications for Android that promise to keep tab on your phone's overall communication habits, telling you which pieces of your personal information get sent out, and to whom. The overall state of phone surveillance affairs is pretty grim, though, as you can see from this handy infographic below.

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5 Comments

1. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

i know for samsung apps store its takes way way more data....

2. vincelongman

Posts: 5813; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Wow Android apps (83% risky behavior) are less risky behavior than iOS apps (90% risky behavior)? Quite surprising IMO since Android gives apps much more openness and powers

3. Tooluka

Posts: 66; Member since: Nov 27, 2014

Yes my telephone is spying on me. And I don't mean Mossad doing some Mossad things with it, you can't do much about that. No people are spying on me with "good" intentions they want to sell stuff or sell my data to other guys who want to sell me some crap. They are collectiong all kinds of metadata about me and "metadata IS spying", they even spy indirectly, by searching for tracking MAC address of my phone. The future looks rather bleak at this time - not like some nazi distopia, but just "not great". PS: even this web page is spying on me for about 10-15 different parties, and who knows how many of them re-sell compiled data about me.

4. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

Android by its very nature is built to collect data. If you do not like that buy something else. iPhone is is a data harvesting device for Apple. If you cannot accept that buy something else. Windows Phone is probably more secure just because you cannot install as many potentially harmful apps as you can on Android and iPhone. BlackBerry is the only company that puts security at or near the top of their list. But you can still make the phone less secure by installing Android apps. So in the end most people really do not care or know how secure a phone is so they buy based on price and features. Eventually something really big will happen and maybe people will start caring about security.

5. kerginaldo17 unregistered

Edward Snowden said that he had no way to use Iphone , because it had software that spy the user.Curiously the report not quotes Iphone.Why if he is the most suspicious of all?

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