Ragib Hasan, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, says these sensors include accelerometers, GPS, gyroscopes and more.
“In reality, we have threats from two directions — malicious apps that hijack the phone sensors to spy on us, and otherwise benign apps secretly listening to or sensing our activities, and then sending the data ‘home’ for advertising and other activities,” Hasan said.
Hasan says the first type of threat — malicious apps — are easier to prevent, especially if users install apps only from trusted sources. The second types of threats — otherwise benign apps secretly eavesdropping on us — are harder to identify and prevent.
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