Monday, August 02, 2010

Remember - the new cell phones are powerful computers

About a year ago I realized that the latest cell phones were more powerful than a computer we had bought in 2004. Powerful computers, no matter how small they are, can have problems.

What your phone app doesn't say: It's watching starts with:

Lookout Inc., a mobile-phone security firm, scanned nearly 300,000 free applications for Apple Inc.'s iPhone and phones built around Google Inc.'s Android software. It found that many of them secretly pull sensitive data off users' phones and ship them off to third parties without notification.
That's a major concern that has been bubbling up in privacy and security circles.
The data can include full details about users' contacts, their pictures, text messages and Internet and search histories. The third parties can include advertisers and companies that analyze data on users.
The information is used by companies to target ads and learn more about their users. The danger, though, is that the data become vulnerable to hacking and use in identity theft if the third party isn't careful about securing the information.


So be careful about what applications you load onto your cell phone, and what information you store there.

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