Believe it or not, you’re not alone.
99% chances are that you’re being watched right now.
With technology advancing at such a fast rate and so many softwares and internet services being made available to you, not just the government, but even your close friend can easily tap into your devices, with a process as simple as downloading a software…
- Public Transit: It has been proved a lot of the public transit facilities have audio and video recording hidden facilities.
- Call Recordings: The National Security Agency (NSA) is an intelligence organization of the United States government which operates globally.
The NSA is free to monitor and record your calls and collect information from it, without facing any consequences.
In India too, the government is permitted to record your calls.
- Looking Good!: You are being watched through your webcam. Literally. The government can do that, and it’s legal.
- Your words mark your fate:
In India, the DRDO Netra was developed by the Center for Artificial Intelligence & Robotics (CAIR) laboratory under the Defense Research and Development Organization. The system could detect selective words like “bomb”, “blast”, “attack” or “kill” within seconds from emails, instant messages, status updates and tweets. We all use some of these words, even though we don’t mean it…and your device was probably tapped because of the words you used.
- Don’t click a picture of that!
Whether you’re aware of it or not, every time you click a picture, your mobile stores the geo-location, user data, etc. If anyone accesses your phone, they can extract more data about you from it than you think.
Also, if with every picture your geo-location and user data is stored, the government that has tapped into your phone right now can obviously access it.
- Also, don’t download that sneaky app!
Theoretically, any third-party company that designs apps for Apple or Android phones, for example, also has access to the data stream your phone is collecting, as soon as you download their application.
If you ever download another application, take your time to look at the permissions which we usually ignore. You will notice that many apps take permission for something that’s completely unnecessary for that app to work.
For instance, a food app will ask you for webcam access.
- No Facebook, No Safety:
It doesn’t matter whether you have a Facebook account or not. Facebook has ways of tracking all the sites you visit and your web information even if you go and visit the Facebook page through a link your friend sent you.
Facebook does this through cookies. It will install a cookie which will track your information.
- People know your face:
Believe it or not, people looking at your face can find out everything about you.
Let’s say you’re in a train and someone finds you attractive. They sneak a picture of you.
Whether you’re aware of it or not, google has an ‘image search’ feature which every person on this planet can use as long has they have a working internet connection.
It will try to recognize the face and show similar and related pictures. In this way, someone can find out what you like, what you don’t, what your hobbies are, interests, friends, practically everything.
How can you be safe in this situation?
- Believe it or not, in today’s world the safest option is buying a simple button phone with calling texting and maybe music features, and using that on a daily basis instead of a smartphone.Although it sounds impossible, there’s no way anyone will know where you are except if they track your sim, which they will not be able to unless they’re your phone company.
- Getting off all social media and preventing visits of social media sites from your devices is the safest way of having anyone track you.
The above changes are almost impossible to implement for the people in today’s world. Therefore, here are a few things you can do in order to be safer than you are:
- Keep location services off whenever you don’t need it.
- Check app permissions when you’re downloading an application, and then consider the risk you’re taking.
- Whenever you don’t need to take your phone with you, try leaving it at home.
- On devices like your computer, find a way to keep your webcam covered until needed for a video call or anything. Even Mark Zuckerberg has his webcam covered.
- Avoid visiting sites that cannot be trusted.