#35 – Do You Have Surveillance Malware On Your Smartphone?

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EFFECTED USERS: Focused on Privacy, care about surveillance.

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SUMMARY: Surveillance is a general term. We are all used to traffic cameras, ATM cameras, and the ability of law enforcement to get information about where you are and what you are doing if they can get a warrant.  Surveillance on your mobile phone is also happening, although a little less obvious.  Over time, you give permission to certain apps to ‘share your location’ which means they know where you are (recommend turning this ‘off,’ link in show notes at DIYcyberguy.com).

Turn off location tracking:

What about surveillance on your smartphone *without* your permission? People know not only where you are, but everything you are doing on your phone.  The good news is that you can find this intrusion if you know where to look:

Here with me to talk about this today is: Christoph Hebeisen.

Christoph leads the Security Intelligence Research division at Lookout, and he holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Toronto.

What is the difference between spyware and surveillance-ware?

How do people in the US and Canada know if there is unauthorized surveillance-ware on their phone?

  • Hard to know without antivirus app on phone
  • Apple app store
  • Permissions app requests

Is this unique to Android phones, or does it affect iOS/iPhones also?

Find our more about Christoph here:

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David W. Schropfer

David W. Schropfer is the CEO of SAFE (Smartphone Authentication For Everyone), a cybersecurity company in New York (www.theSafe.io).  Every day, he and his team of professionals keep the people who use The SAFE Button protected from some of the most common traps, hacks and attacks that target computer systems of all sizes. David is the author of the bestselling cybersecurity book, Digital Habits: 5 Simple Tips to Help Keep You and Your Information Safe Online. His previous books, including The Smartphone Wallet and industry whitepapers, predicted some of the biggest trends in the payments, mobile, and security industries.  Since graduating Boston College, David earned an Executive MBA from the University of Miami.

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