There are over one billion smartphones in use today. It’s an enormous number and to put it in context it’s approximately one sixth of the world’s population. Smartphones are powerful tools enabling us to do all sorts of things while on the go. However, they can also track your every move and scoop up reams of personal information – without you knowing anything about it. If your phone has its geo-location services switched on, it most certainly will be monitoring your journeys.
For most people talk of computer code elicits an almighty yawn, it’s the realm of geeks. But code bugs are responsible for some terrible events and even the innocuous, ubiquitous and irrepressibly popular emojis have been recently been exposed as potential carriers of bad things.
Amid the gossip, fury and diplomatic activity over the Sony hack a few important points have been overlooked; thousands of employees had their personal information posted online proving that many organisations can’t be trusted to provide security and cyber actions by nation states are here to stay accompanied by ever louder cries of denial.
The deep web is a vast resource of information much of it academic and of great value. However, there is a shadow side, one where stolen identities are offered for sale, among other things. We explore what the deep web means, why it exists and highlight some of the things you need to be aware of for identity theft protection.
Hackers have turned their attentions to creating false social media ‘likes’ as they follow the money. By revamping an existing virus called Zeus and secretly planting it in thousands of computers there’s a real threat that in time it could also be used to carry out far more damaging actions.
Zeus rules over fake social media
The good news is that cell phone providers are not mandated to store or keep text messages or phone calls that are sent or received from a cell phone. However, you’re probably more at risk when that text message comes in at the wrong time, whether that’s while you’re on a date, at a meeting or asleep. Typically these aren’t major situations, however what happens when a private message is seen by someone who shouldn’t have seen it?
It’s not new news that texting has taken over. You’ve got at least one friend that doesn’t like to talk on the phone anymore, and only texts. That friend isn’t alone, in fact, 55% of those that text a lot, agree they’d rather text than talk.
Good News! The EU Commission has put in place a process for how telecom operators need to handle incidents of online privacy breaches and identity theft. This is a massive step forward in the defence of customer data. The technical measures have been implemented to ensure all victims of customer data breaches receive equal treatment as well as a solid response from the telecom operators responsible for the privacy and safety of that data.
With billions using the internet daily, it’s important to remember that everyone’s intent online is different, and may not be in line with yours. People may not be who they say they are. So trusting blindly can get you in trouble, and sharing information can also get you in trouble.
72% of mobile users have concerns about their mobile phone privacy. Are you one of them?
Concerns around mobile phone privacy have risen in the last year. It’s no surprise that the areas of mobile usage that cause the most concerns are shopping, social media, online banking, emailing and not far behind those, mobile apps. Well my goodness – that just about covers everything that you can possibly do on a mobile! So basically, you’re worried about something every time you pick up your phone; now that really can’t be a healthy way to live.