Is your smartphone spying on you?
Most of the mobile applications we currently provide in the store can meet the needs of multiple users in a secure environment. But some people use the platform to monitor you. So, how to weed out malware from malware? Well, after working in the mobile app industry for almost 5 years, I might know a thing or two about apps. Therefore, today, I will use my knowledge to share some insights about application security. But first, let’s address the myth of free apps and how it relates to smartphone app espionage.
Advances in technology have raised our expectations in many ways. Now, we hope to obtain high-quality digital services, and we hope to enjoy these services for free. There are many platforms that can meet our expectations. But we did not realize that there is no free thing in the world. We use several free apps and pay for these services by allowing the platform to access our data. When we download and install the app, we need to accept all its terms and conditions.
Although many applications use data to provide services and personalized advertisements, we cannot rule out the possibility of other improper behavior. Because when you look at “data access rights” from a different perspective, you can easily call it a “spy.”
Why would someone monitor you?
The reasons for espionage may vary from person to person, but for personal reasons, but many apps do this for the purpose of collecting information on the phone. They study the collected information, such as videos, searches, pictures, and online activities to plan more personalized advertisements. Although most applications require permission to access the same application, some do not even bother to seek your consent. This can turn your smartphone into a pocket spy.
Almost all applications collect your data for commercial purposes, but some applications are more infringing than others. Therefore, you must identify all spy applications in your smartphone. After that, you can restrict their permission or delete them to protect your privacy.
Let us consider some examples. When you grant full access to Whatsapp and Facebook, they will get a free pass to access your camera. These giants can then record you, perform facial recognition or track your location. Moreover, there is no distinction between Chinese technology giants and the government.
Therefore, when you access applications such as WeChat and TikTok, you can authorize the Chinese government to monitor you. Your private data is being collected, but as I mentioned earlier, not everyone asks for your permission. Moreover, this is a serious security hole! Hackers can send you emails with malicious links, and clicking these links will allow them to access your smartphone. Signs that there is a spy on your device!
Many people who have become victims of spy apps don’t even know that it is happening. You may be one of them. Please check the following signs to be aware of such threats.
- New apps appear without download
- Faster battery discharge
- Unexpected pop-ups
- High data usage
- Sudden reboots
- Lagging smartphone
If your smartphone shows any such signs, you need to take immediate steps to protect your privacy. For example, reset the phone to factory settings. If you are not technically proficient, it is best to contact one.
How to avoid spying?
You can protect yourself from privacy violations in many ways. Let’s start from the most basic. Don’t click on suspicious email links or attachments. Make sure to deny permission to access applications such as camera, microphone, speaker, location, contacts, call history, etc. Do not access random links from messaging applications and untrusted emails. Installing an antivirus program on a smartphone, tablet, PC or any other device is a good way to stop threats. I also recommend that you read the feedback and comments left by users in the app store before downloading a particular app. These comments will help you understand if you have complaints about:
- Invasive advertising
- Misleading & unauthorized reports
- Questionable links
- Unexpected pop-ups
If there are many comments raising red flags, then you should stay away from that app!
You can also try to disable ads inserted by the creator of the app. To this end, iOS users can go to “Settings”, “Confidential” and “Ads” in turn to limit the tracking of ads. Android users can go to “Google Settings” and then “Ads” to disable the “Ads Personalization” option.
Unless necessary, don’t enable microphone, location, and camera access for the app. Check “App Permissions” in “Settings” and turn it off. wrap up! I don’t want to tell you, but mobile applications have a certain degree of risk.
Therefore, it is necessary to take measures such as viewing permissions, disabling location, camera, microphone, and restricting access to contacts and gallery. Such measures can protect all types of sensitive data from misuse.