Out of all the different types of new technology that have emerged within the last decade, one of the most revolutionary gadgets to have been invented would have to be the smartphone. It seems as though everyone has one nowadays. Although they can be a great thing to have, there are some smartphone risks that a lot of people may not be quite aware of. With new innovation always comes the threat of new types of risks.
Your smartphone can be used as a spying tool against you. People should be aware of software programs that exist that can actually be used to activate your cell phone’s observational capabilities without your knowledge. If someone knows your phone number, whether it be an ex-lover, a spouse, an employer or a government agency, they can use these types of software programs to listen in on your conversations or view from your cell phone’s camera even when your phone is not in use. The only way to prevent them from being able to do this is to take the battery out of your phone. Also, with the use of GPS, potentially, your every whereabouts can be tracked and traced as long as you have your cell phone on you at all times, as most of us usually do.
Although there’s not much you can do to prevent someone from spying on you in this way if they really wanted to, there are some precautionary measures that you can always taken. If you should ever have a private conversation of which you do not wish to be overheard, you should consider taking the battery out of your cell phone to ensure that no one else could be listening. Also, cover up your cameras with something such as a small sticker or piece of paper when you don’t intend to use them, particularly if you have a phone with a self-cam.
Another risk regarding smartphones is privacy exploitation. Many smartphones allow you to download various applications known as apps. What a lot of people don’t realize is that when they download apps, many of these Apps can be used by the companies who developed them to take your personal data and then sell it to other third party agencies without your knowledge. This personal information can be used to basically find out more about you and the things you like, many times, to market products to you as a consumer. It can also be used to track your online personality.
Everyone loves downloading their favorite apps, but in making informed decisions about what apps to carry on your phone, you should try to be mindful as to how much personal information you store on some of your phone apps.
The last risk smartphone users should know about is the health risks. Smartphones are very powerful devices. They can emit powerful electrical impulses that can affect your health. First of all, you should be aware of your smart phone device’s radiation emission levels. You can find out what those levels are for your particular phone by researching online. Some great tips regarding how to use your cell phone to mitigate those risks include keeping your phone as far from your body as possible. Try not to keep your phone directly close to your body like in your pocket. Try to use speaker phone or headphones to prevent holding the phone up to your head, especially if you are a person who talks on the phone A LOT and for long periods at a time. You should also be aware of the fact that your phone can emit powerful EMF signals even while it’s not in use and during times such as when you go to sleep, you should consider putting your phone in airplane mode, which will turn off all those wireless signaling capabilities and can actually help you sleep better at night.
In conclusion, the purpose of this article is not to scare people out of smartphone usage. In knowing what some of the risks are associated with smartphones, you can be much more mindful as to how much you choose to depend on your phone as a major part of your life. Smartphones can be a great addition to daily living if you choose to have one, but you shouldn’t be unable to live without one. Just remember to use your smartphone and don’t let it use you.