Many preppers and survival-oriented people are concerned about government spying and intrusion on their private lives and communications. Justifiably so. Historically, governments tend to be hostile to their citizens not being dependent on them.
But many people don’t realize that there is a spy that they are carrying around in their pocket or their purse everyday: their phone. Vicki Batts writes,
“Whether it’s timing or location-based or usage of certain functions, [apps] are certainly pulling those microphone permissions and using those periodically. All the internals of the applications send this data in encrypted form, so it’s very difficult to define the exact trigger,” Henway stated further.
Ultimately, he said, there are thousands of unknown triggers that can prompt devices to start mining your conversations for advertising info. In fact, Henway posited, it would not be surprising if a majority of apps are using trigger words taken from conversations to better target customers.
As sources explain, “their entire business model depends on them obtaining vast amounts of data about people to feed their algorithms. Their behavioral advertising targets consumers directly, using deep profiles of them and algorithms that look at race, religion, age, nationality, and other aspects of a person.” Spying is immensely profitable for the digital companies of the world — but that’s not all they’re up to.
What this basically means is, that if your phone is with you, your life isn’t private. Google or Apple (depending on the phone that you use) know who you are, where you are, and what you are doing at pretty much any given time. If you have Facebook’s app on your phone, Facebook gets that same information.
Now, you may not be concerned about that information, but you probably should be. Why? Here is just one example: If you are posting on Facebook using their app that you are eating at your favorite restaurant, then Facebook posts in real time that you are at that location. This lets anyone know that you are not at home. This means that anyone who wants to rob your home knows that you are away and that it is a good time for a break in.
Do you really want to make it that easy for them?
Imagine how easy it is for them when you post that you are on vacation out of town. You’ve just made robbing you simple and convenient for anyone who can see your Facebook feed (and, frankly, most people aren’t likely restricting their privacy settings).
If you want to keep you and your family safe, you need to read the permissions of the apps on your phone so that you can make careful decisions about what apps to install, and you’ll also want to be careful what you say around those devices. Because they are collecting information about you every day.