Are you worried about PRISM and other government programs designed to monitor electronic communications? You should be. The privacy implications are far reaching. The 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified because we wanted to control what the government can find out about its citizens without cause. The funny thing is I’ve heard very little commotion about what hackers and organized criminal networks can find out about you.
Here’s a list of some of the common ways we use smartphones and tablets today. This list is in no particular order. You may not do all of these things, but I’m sure you do at least a few.
The information security and privacy controls on smartphones and tables are weak, at best. They are laughable at worst. There are very few security controls in place today to stop an attacker from getting access to everything on that device. Yet we routinely download every free app regardless of what the privacy settings are. We freely use these devices knowing that every conversation can be recorded and played back. We surf the web and enter passwords into applications with no idea who the developer is or if they have good intentions.
Anyone else see the hypocrisy here? We shout to the mountain top about the little information the government collects but there is hardly a whisper about the plethora of information we are freely giving to hackers. Think about it. Which is the bigger risk?