Always under the hood: how and why smartphones are watching us and if it is possible to get rid of surveillance

You're already under the hood! So what's the big deal?


First and foremost - as soon as you have a smartphone, cell phone, watch with a SIM card, GPS-tracker - that's it, you're already under the hood. As soon as your gadget goes to the nearest cellular receiver - you're already spotted. As soon as your gadget addressed to the navigation satellite - GLONASS or GPS - that's it, hello! Everybody who needs it knows your coordinates. If the signal was received by three satellites - then the coordinates will be very accurate. If three cell towers - also. But now it is quite possible to calculate your location, even if the signal was received by one cellular receiver.


But I have a question: why is this so frightening to the population? Why does the possibility of calculating your coordinates cause such consternation in some strata of the not too advanced public? Are you a spy in code from the secret services? Do you think you are a great person, someone big and powerful is watching you without closing your eyes?


For example, I have nothing to hide, I am a law-abiding citizen and I even try not to violate traffic rules, not because "there are cameras everywhere", but because all such rules are in fact written in blood. And there is no need to multiply the amount of chaos in the world. Nor do I think it's right to be paranoid in the vein of the old cartoon "And you've been counted..."


On the contrary, how many times the ability to locate a person on a cellular signal has saved mushroom hunters, lost children, rescued sailors from trouble.


If you are against the digital evolution of the world, form communities without cell phones or computers and live off the land in a hut built without a single nail. Spit it out!


Eavesdropping and Peeping


What I don't like, as well as hundreds of thousands of advanced people for whom the smartphone is not the fiend of hell, but one of the tools for work, is that the smartphone eavesdrops and peeps. If you talk on the phone about changing the plumbing in the toilet, you immediately see an advertisement for a toilet bowl or a chrome faucet in your browser. I understand, of course, that on the other end of the "wire" are not people who are listening to our conversations - the technique that recognizes keywords set by advertisers. And what we were really talking about, the robots do not know.


Although, if the professionals need to - they will find it out. Now providers have to keep records of our conversations for three years. But then again, I'm talking about law-abiding citizens who aren't discussing among themselves how to do something nasty in a peaceful city. In general, I believe that there is now a race to use technical innovations between bad people - terrorists, crooks and other scum - and good people who are trying to stop the activities of these characters. I'm on the side of the good guys here, and I think that they should have the newest and coolest means of tracking all kinds of rabble. Otherwise they won't protect us in the hour of need. And that will be painful and unpleasant.


But back to the eavesdropping robots. I don't like them. Because they push ads and generally behave unceremoniously. And then, interestingly enough, quite unexpectedly for some of us, smartphone manufacturers have taken the side of the consumer. In the new operating system iOS 14 for Apple mobiles appeared features that will not please the wiretapping pirates.


On the page of the applications, which are placed in the App Store, there is now a section where even before downloading you can see what data protection technologies are used by the creators of this program. Developers, in order to get into the Apple Store, must publish information about their privacy policy. Including an explanation of what personal data they collect and what they use to track user activity.


And if the app is spying on you, the developer must first get your permission to do so. Usually such questions pop up the first time you open the app.


What if you installed the app a long time ago and it's already "messing around"? You can see the list of applications that track your data in Settings. There you can also override the permission to look at your contact list or photos. Unless, of course, you need access to them in order for the app to work.


By the way, in iOS, if the app requests access to your photos, you can give it the right to access only individual photos instead of your entire media library.


About the microphone and camera


I have an acquaintance who tapes up the camera first thing in every new laptop. And, for some reason, stubbornly square cut out of a medical adhesive tape. But they leave the camera on the tablet free.


- I do not like it when peeping at me! - she says with conviction.


Is it possible to remotely connect to a camera and spy on you? Hackers say, of course. Well, let's say. Although for this you need at least to hack your computer or smartphone.


Is it possible to remotely connect to the camera and spy on you? Worthy hackers say, of course.


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