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Is your smart phone spying on you?

Post by armcjackson » Fri Feb 25, 2011 3:59 pm

It shouldn't surprise you to learn that high-tech spies may be after your personal data.

Most of us have read about Chinese digital assaults, Google's (GOOG.O) Wi-Fi peeking and leaks from iPads of sensitive information. Along with the spies and hackers, there are security snoops much closer to home:

Your boss. Your spouse. Your parents, particularly if you're a teen using a phone on their plan.

And your oh-so-handy smart phone may be their new favourite tool.

Recent advances in smart phones give them huge processing power and superfast data connections. That means they're powerful enough to run sophisticated spyware that can become a stalker's ally or a jealous lover's private detective.



In fact, spyware now available on the Internet can be deployed to do creepy things such as monitor all your text messages and e-mails, provide access to your calls and even offer a live GPS signal that shows where you are.

Creepiest of all, spyware allows snoops to use your phone to listen in on whatever's going on around it. That smart phone sitting on your nightstand as you slip under the sheets with your partner -- well, you get the idea.

One other reason for worry: Though your computer is likely protected by sophisticated anti-virus software, your phone probably isn't. You might as well be inviting the snoops onto an old-fashioned party line.

How big a problem?
These sophisticated spyware programs only recently hit the market in a big way, so there's no hard data on how widely they're being used. Because they're designed to operate in stealth mode, we may never know. But there are signs they're becoming very popular:

* Sales at one of the companies offering spyware -- for use by parents, employers or suspicious spouses, its website advertises -- are growing at a double-digit monthly pace. "We are substantially over where we thought we would be," says Jon Latorella, the CEO of MobiStealth, which began selling its spyware around the start of this year.

* Two of the top three infections discovered on BlackBerry smart phones by security software company SMobile Systems have been spyware. So are three of the top four infections on phones with Windows operating systems. "We see infections every day," says Dan Hoffman, the chief technology officer of SMobile.

* Sean Sullivan, a security adviser for mobile-phone-security company F-Secure, cites the ever-growing number of features and the availability of programs for all the major smart-phone operating systems as signs that demand is robust.

You may assume you're protected by anti-virus software of the sort that comes with most PCs. Don't. Most phones don't have such safeguards, perhaps because a common myth holds that smart phones are less vulnerable to malware.

In fact, Hoffman estimates 98% of smart-phone users have no security software at all. This is pretty scary, given that so many people now use their phones like PCs -- to do financial transactions, check e-mail and store sensitive personal information and photos. That's the sort of stuff data thieves live for.

The investing angle
As more people become aware that the smart phone is potentially a huge portal into their private lives, expect sales of smart-phone anti-spyware to take off.

That means for investors, there's money to be made. So far, smaller companies such as SMobile Systems and F-Secure hold the lead in phone-security software. (F-Secure is based in Helsinki and listed on the stock exchange there; SMobile is private.)

But while the big security software companies like Symantec (SYMC.O) and McAfee (MFE.N) are behind, they will catch up. This will add revenue streams that will justify the bullish ratings now on these stocks at Morningstar, in part because they look cheap compared with other tech stocks.

Before we get to the company details, though, let's look more closely at that big privacy risk in your pocket or handbag.

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Is your smart phone spying on you?

Post by sushigirl28 » Sun Feb 27, 2011 4:00 pm

Damn, This has got me a little paranoid now! :tvhorror :chillpill I knew something creepy would eventually happen to ruin all our fun we've been having with our newfound technological advances.. :camera As if computer hackers and weirdos up the wazzoo aren't enough.. That's why I don't tend to depend on electronics as much as a lot of people are doing nowawdays- having the basics of course, but there is piece of mind in simplicity, you know? As long as I have a phone that works, it doesn't need to beam people down from space for me.. However cool that may look. :cherry
Thanks so much Autumn for this great article!

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Post by armcjackson » Sun Feb 27, 2011 5:05 pm

[quote="sushigirl28"]
Damn, This has got me a little paranoid now! :tvhorror :chillpill I knew something creepy would eventually happen to ruin all our fun we've been having with our newfound technological advances.. :camera As if computer hackers and weirdos up the wazzoo aren't enough.. That's why I don't tend to depend on electronics as much as a lot of people are doing nowawdays- having the basics of course,
but there is piece of mind in simplicity, you know? As long
as I have a phone that works, it doesn't need to beam
people down from space for me.. However cool that may
look. :cherry

Thanks so much Autumn for this great article!

xo
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Hahaha, you crack me up gurl! :) yea on a side note, I'm content with my no camera iPod (:
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Post by sushigirl28 » Mon Feb 28, 2011 10:58 am

[quote="armcjackson"]
Hahaha, you crack me up gurl! :) yea on a side note, I'm content with my no camera iPod (:
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LOL! :hilarious Aw Autumn, *big fat squishy hug, girl!*
So then we say 'AMEN' to that! :wkiss No phone sickos! The only man I want spying on me all the time is Michael, boo! Yeeeah! :cutekisisng
Oh lawd, we might have to kill androids in the future if we're not careful about our tech,huh... :shutup

lol! xo
♥ Justice For Michael ♥



Please help the devastating Japan quake victims who are in desperate need. My family members and the people thank you!

Global Giving*


American Red Cross*

Save the Children*

AHA Red Star Emergency Animal Relief*



You can also text REDCROSS to 9099 to donate $10 through your phone. The donation will show up on your bill.



You can also text PROTECT to 85944 to donate $10 to support our efforts to provide aid to animal victims of disaster. They need help desperately as well.



“God and the truth are on our side. We will be victorious.â€

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Is your smart phone spying on you?

Post by armcjackson » Mon Feb 28, 2011 11:38 am

[quote="sushigirl28"]
LOL! :hilarious Aw Autumn, *big fat squishy hug, girl!*
So then we say 'AMEN' to that! :wkiss No phone sickos! The only man I want spying on me all the time is Michael, boo! Yeeeah! :cutekisisng
Oh lawd, we might have to kill androids in the future if we're not careful about our tech,huh... :shutup

lol! xo
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:yaychibi I would be extremely happy if Michael spied on me. :respect

Oooh. Killing andrioids. It'll be like a real life video game! :D lol
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