Smart phones are amazing. 50 years ago who would have predicted that you could hold a device smaller than your hand that could:
- Take pictures
- Connect with your car
- Listen to music
- Send text messages (SMS)
- Make a video call with someone on the other side of the world
- Track your location
- Surf the internet
- Understand your voice commands
- …and loads loads more
Notice anything that could be a security risk from the list above? Well if you listen to the news, you will probably have heard the bad PR iPhone have got themselves by discovering a glitch which showed everywhere their owners had been!
Apple have denied that they have been tracking users, but if someone got hold of an iPhone they would be able to download a list of every place that that phones (and probably it’s user) had been to, via the use of GPS.
Do you think that all these flashy features come at a price? Is the security of our private information being exposed more and more in this modern-day ‘technology powered’ world?
The thing is, it isn’t just the iPhone – the iPad has also been tracking users locations!
If you want to find out more, check out this online Q and A page on Apples website.
Another privacy issue…
A few days later Sony announced that it was taking down its PlayStation Network service, due to hacking which affected 77 million gamers!
Sony say that that the data might have fallen into the hands of an “unauthorised person” following a hacking attack on its online service. This data it thought to include things like names, passwords, addresses, date of births and email addresses. Another reason why it’s very important not to use one password for everything.
If you think you might have been affected by this other breach in security, check out Sony’s blog post on the issue.
Are we too dependant on technology? Do we give away too much information (often sensitive) about ourselves? Do firms really need all this data from us, and do they need to take a greater responsibility in implementing more measures to keep our info safe?