Mobile Devices

Your phone is just a computer. It's got a browser, operating system, location tracker and apps that want your data. It might just be the best snooping device ever invented, but you can take steps to reduce risks and increase your security.

The iPhone leads the pack on privacy and security. Apple is pro-encryption, they take security and privacy very seriously. iPhones are harder to hack, which is revealed in the price per phone exploit compared to Andriod.

It's virtually impossible for a phone to be untraceable (locating actual location via GPS possibly) or undetectable (identifying an active phone on the network).

Attack Vectors on Your Phone

  • There are two basic places to eavesdrop on pretty much any communications system: at the end points and during transmission. This means that a cellphone attacker can either compromise one of the two phones or eavesdrop on the cellular network.
  • Alternatively, an attacker could intercept the radio signals between a cellphone and a tower. Encryption ranges from very weak to possibly strong, depending on which flavor the system uses.
  • Alternatively, an attacker could intercept the radio signals between a cellphone and a tower. Encryption ranges from very weak to possibly strong, depending on which flavor the system uses.
  • Another way to hack a cellphone is to install a backdoor during the design process.
  • You’re at the mercy of the company that makes your phone, the company that provides your cellular service, and the communications protocols developed when none of this was a problem. If one of those companies doesn’t want to bother with security, you’re vulnerable.

You can at least apply some easy security settings to cover most scenarios. For most average consumer level users, it's the simple easy things that can make the difference.

Phone Risks

  • Phone = Computer

    Many of the same security measures apply to your phone

  • Apps 'Sharing' Your Data

    Popular apps have access to your important data

  • Only 1 Layer of Security

    Passwords are just one level of protection that are easily breakable

Phone Fixes